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.
FREE VIRTUAL GATHERING
CELEBRATING THE POWER OF THEATRE
COME FOR THE COMMUNITY... STAY FOR THE DJ!
Saturday, May 9 at 6:30pm CST
Join us for Pants Optional: A Steppenwolf Soirée. This FREE virtual event will have special appearances by some of our close friends and celebrity guests, including Steppenwolf ensemble members Joan Allen, Gary Cole, John Malkovich, Sandra Marquez and Laurie Metcalf. We are celebrating the power of theatre—and raising vital funds to keep it alive.
This event is available for viewing on YouTube Live and Facebook Live. You may also return to this page on Saturday, May 9 at 6:30pm CST to LIVE STREAM the event.
Open captioning will be provided during the virtual event.
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Steppenwolf Education offers three FREE virtual events each week for the teens, educators and early-career professionals.
Upcoming virtual workshops include:
Steppenwolf Education announces Maker May a brand-new lineup of virtual programming free and open to all participants ages thirteen and older. Maker May celebrates the learner, maker and appreciator in everyone, while providing a virtual space to be creative in community with one another. Leaning on the talents of artists close to Steppenwolf Education's heart, participants will get to witness first-hand how incredible artists create and hear what helps them stay motivated to be creative. In addition participants will engage in weekly maker challenges that they can take on from their own living rooms and share with one another.
WEEK 1: EXPLORING AND EXPERIMENTING WITH LIVE LIT
Tuesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 7
Comedian and New York Times best-selling author Samantha Irby and WRITE CLUB founder Ian Belknap will introduce us to the world of “live lit,” which refers to literature that is meant to be performed. Irby and Belknap will do a bit of teaching, a bit of sharing, a lot of oversharing. Grab your pen, paper, or laptop and get to writing.
WEEK 2: PEEK INTO ERIKA L. SÁNCHEZ’S CREATIVE PROCESS
Tuesday, May 12 and Friday, May 15
National Book Award Finalist and bestselling essayist, poet, and educator Erika L. Sánchez is a writer with many talents who recently collaborated with Steppenwolf for Young Adults and playwright Isaac Gomez for the world premiere stage adaptation of her award-winning novel I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. Get writing tips from Erika L. Sánchez and discover the writer in you!
WEEK 3: A DEEP DIVE INTO ERIK & JESSIE & EVERYONE YOU KNOW
Tuesday, May 19 and Thursday, May 21
Erik Hellman, most recently seen in Steppenwolf’s production of Lindiwe and Familiar, and Jessie Fisher, in Steppenwolf’s production of Constellations and on Broadway in Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. The co-creators of the widely popular and successful show Erik & Jessie & Everyone You Know, will be reflecting on their career, the art of variety show.
CHECK OUT PREVIOUS VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING
Since launching virtual programming in late March, Steppenwolf Education has reached close to 1000 participants worldwide. These free virtual programs are catered toward teens, educators, early career professionals and beyond. Featuring Steppenwolf ensemble members and established industry professionals and educators, these programs have been described as “incredibly grounding and insightful” by a former participant.
Watch Previous Virtual Programming here.
To RSVP to individual workshops, visit steppenwolf.org/virtualStepEd. Use #virtualStepEd and #justbringyourself to help us spread the word.
New Episode of Half Hour Podcast
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 steppenwolf.org.
Episode 1 - Founding member Jeff Perry
Episode 2 - Ensemble member K. Todd Freeman
Episode 3 - Kathryn Erbe
Half Hour is produced by Patrick Zakem and recorded and engineered by Matthew Chapman.
Chicago Acts Together
Steppenwolf has rallied 87 other local theatre companies to join us in promoting a NEW limited edition “Chicago Acts Together” t-shirt featuring the names of all participating theatres. 100% of the proceeds from sales will go to The Chicago Theatre Workers Relief Fund, a League of Chicago Theatres initiative that directly assists theatre workers who have lost work as a result of COVID-19. Get yours HERE today!
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 May 6, 2020