Updated on September 3, 2021

Vaccination & Mask Policy

Effective September 1, 2021

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is part of the growing coalition of more than 70 Chicagoland performing arts venues and producers that have agreed upon Covid-19 Vaccination and Mask Requirements for audiences, artists and staff through the end of 2021. Download full press release here. 

At Steppenwolf, patrons will need to be masked and fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine in order to attend a performance and must show proof of vaccination or negative test certification and identification at their time of entry into the venue with their valid ticket. Steppenwolf performers, backstage crew and staff will comply with vaccination requirements and testing protocols to further ensure the safety of our guests and company members. Details below


Steppenwolf has worked over the past year with our Operations team, public health advisors and HVAC consultants to prepare our facility to safely welcome you back for performances. The addition of the new Arts and Education Center has expanded the square footage of our lobbies to nearly twice the previous amount of space offered to guests. 

Two additional elevators and multiple stairwayhave also been added to our campus for ease of transition between seating levels. We will have increased use of digital e-tickets, replacing paperickets to reduce touch-points. Our HVAC systems are undergoing upgrades to allow for increased filtration and a higher percentage of circulated fresh air across all three theaters.


Membership has never meant more. Never. Simply put, without our members, there would be no work. Our ensemble, our artists and our staff share deep appreciation for our members and are committed to offering flexible exchange policies. 

Should performance cancelations or postponements continue through the 2021/22 season as a result of the pandemic, we will continue to offer members the benefits of Risk Free Membership. You will always have the choice of placing the value of your tickets on-account for future use, donating your ticket value to assist with our continued costs of virtual programming and operations, or requesting a refund. Not feeling well? Just give us a call at 312-335-1650 and our audience services team will be happy to work with you to exchange your tickets for another performance. Your membership today keeps Steppenwolf alive tomorrow. Thank you.


This November, we will raise the curtain once again on our blistering and extraordinary revival of BUG by Tracy Letts in the Downstairs Theater. The protocols outlined in this plan allow Steppenwolf to safely operate at full audience capacity, however, Steppenwolf will be offering the following performances with reduced capacity seating, seating every other row and one seat on either side of each party: Sunday evening November 21, Wednesday evening November 24 and Wednesday matinees December 1 & 8


September 2021: Steppenwolf NOW begins streaming with three new virtual works by ensemble member Tracy Letts
October 2021: Members receive confirmation on seats/dates of Downstairs Theater performances; Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ Red Folder Project begins streaming
November 2021: BUG returns onstage in Downstairs Theater
February 2022: Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ 1919 onstage
Members receive seat assignments for Seagull in the new Round Theater
March 2022: King James onstage in Downstairs Theater
May 2022: Seagull opens the new Round Theater
June 2022: Choir Boy onstage in Downstairs Theater

Addendum: Vaccination and Mask Policy Specifics


We are excited to welcome you back to our expanded artistic home on Halsted Street!

Steppenwolf Theatre requires that patrons attending any Steppenwolf performance follow the protocols below. As guidelines are evolving on a frequent basis, so may these policies, so we ask you to please check back prior to attending to confirm current protocols.

  1. Wellness: Any person who feels unwell or (a) has any COVID-19 Symptoms (b) has had a positive COVID-19 test in the past 10 days, or (c) has had close contact with anyone confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 agrees not to come to Steppenwolf. Please call our Audience Services team at 312-335-1650 where we will be happy to work with you to reschedule your tickets.
  2. Face coverings: Right now and for as long as is necessary, the CDC and City of Chicago recommend face coverings for all individuals in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status. All visitors must wear a face mask, worn properly over the nose and mouth, for the duration of their time in the theatre. Please note that bandanas, neck gaiters, and masks with exhalation valves are not accepted. In lobby spaces, all visitors must wear a face mask when not actively eating or drinking. Food and beverage service will be limited, offered in our new lobby bars for consumption in our expanded lobby spaces. Food and beverages must be consumed prior to entering the theater. No beverages will be permitted inside the theatre until further notice.
  3. Physical distancing: Wherever possible, visitors should try to maintain a six-foot distance from others not part of your group.
  4. Risk: Attendees understand that there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. Those purchasing or attending Steppenwolf events voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
  5. Compliance: All Steppenwolf attendees must follow all health and safety procedures and signage posted while at Steppenwolf events. Steppenwolf reserves the right to require visitors who do not follow our guidelines to leave an event immediately. Any visitors who are disrespectful or discourteous to other guests, staff, or volunteers may also be asked to leave.

You will be required to show a valid photo ID and proof of vaccination upon entering the Steppenwolf Theatre’s building. There are two ways to show proof of vaccination:

  • Manual card check: Upon theater entrance, patrons may provide a valid photo ID and proof of vaccination. An original vaccination card, a photocopy of your card, or a photo on your smartphone showing your vaccination card is appropriate proof of vaccination.

For your safety, as well as our artists and staff, Steppenwolf will not admit any guests who do not provide the documentation as required above.


Individuals must show full vaccination with a vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or by the World Health Organization (WHO).People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their completion of a CDC or WHO recommended vaccine regimen. Your ticketed performance date must be at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days after a single-dose vaccine.


For children under 12 and people with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination, guests may provide proof of a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance start time. 


Currently, the policy is in place through December 31, 2021. We will continue to review our policies on an ongoing basis to evolve with the best practices around health and safety and may revise policies accordingly.

Thank you for working with us to keep everyone safe and healthy during this unprecedented time.