As the evolving COVID-19 crisis unfolds, Steppenwolf’s stages sit in silence along with our peer cultural institutions in Chicago and beyond. Front Bar, Steppenwolf’s café and bar at 1700 N Halsted, has also suspended service in accordance with the government mandate.

“While we are devastated to suspend productions, the safety and well-being of our staff, artists and audiences is paramount. In these trying times, we can’t help but reflect on the irreplaceable value of the shared experience of live theater and storytelling, and what a void its absence leaves. We look forward with hope and anticipation to the near future when we come together again to celebrate this essential part of our humanity,” shares Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro.

Steppenwolf Education
offers three FREE virtual events each week for the teens, educators and early-career professionals.

 Upcoming virtual workshops include:
David “dstew” Stewart is the Production Manager at Disney Parks Live Entertainment
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
12:00pm-1:00pm CST

SCENE STUDY: Ensemble Members Kate Arrington and Jon Michael Hill
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
3:00pm-4:30pm CST

Adapting Curriculum and Art-Making to Online Platforms
Thursday, April 9, 2020
11:00am-12:30pm CST

To RSVP to individual workshops, visit Use #virtualStepEd and #justbringyourself to help us spread the word.

Half Hour Podcast Launches April 7th
Half Hour is Steppenwolf produced and hosted by ensemble members Audrey Francis, Caroline Neff, Cliff Chamberlain and Glenn Davis. Half Hour takes audiences behind the scenes for candid, intimate, one-on-one conversations between members of the nation’s premier ensemble theatre. The podcast will be available on Apple podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher, Heart Radio and Pandora. Learn more at

Half Hour is produced by Patrick Zakem and recorded and engineered by Matthew Chapman.

Chicago Acts Together
Steppenwolf’s ethos is ensemble—the guiding principle that we are always stronger when we act together. With COVID-19 presenting a massive threat to the well-being of not only Steppenwolf but the entire Chicago arts ecosystem, the company has designed a limited edition “Chicago Acts Together” t-shirt, and will be donating half of all proceeds to The Chicago Theatre Workers Relief Fund, a League of Chicago Theatres initiative which will directly assist theatre workers who have lost work as a result of COVID-19 and are facing financial uncertainty. The remainder will help sustain Steppenwolf’s “virtual” stages and education programs during this hiatus.

T-shirts are $30 each with an option to donate more. To purchase, visit Rowboat Creative and their Creatives Who Care initiative at

Steppenwolf is asking audiences to consider donating during this particularly difficult time for the arts community. Our friendly staff in Audience Services are continuing to work remotely and can provide more information, call us at in 312-335-1650.

Updated on April 2, 2020