Half Hour Podcast: Season Two


“This is your half hour call. Half Hour to places.”

Half Hour, Steppenwolf’s popular podcast, is back for a second season filled with candid conversations featuring some of the most vital personalities in American theatre. Inspired by the most magical amount of time there is in the theatre—the thirty minutes before a show begins—Half Hour makes connections between artists inside and outside of the Steppenwolf family. Released every other week, new episodes are a chance to sit down with personalities—old friends and new. To hear their stories. To learn about their path. And to discover what motivates them to create art.

The second season features conversations with an eclectic mix of practitioners: actors, playwrights, directors, designers, activists, leaders, managers and visionaries.

Half Hour is hosted by ensemble members Cliff Chamberlain, Audrey Francis, James Vincent Meredith, Caroline Neff, and Karen Rodriguez. The show is produced by Patrick Zakem, mixed and edited by Matthew Chapman. Half Hour is always available on our website and on all of your favorite podcast platforms.

Episode 3 – Rajiv Joseph: “Creative Cauldron”

Renowned playwright and Steppenwolf ensemble member Rajiv Joseph joins this episode of Half Hour for a conversation with ensemble member Caroline Neff. Joseph shares stories from his time serving in the Peace Corps, and he chats about where he draws inspiration for his plays—and why he’s never dismayed when he wants to scrap a draft and completely start over. Tune in to hear Rajiv talk about working with legendary comedian Robin Williams, and see why he thinks that two-character plays are quite similar to motorcycles.

Interview begins at 3:42. This episode of Half Hour is generously sponsored by Laurie Anne Kladis. View the transcript.


Episode 2 - Amy Morton: “Never What You Think”

Karen Rodriguez hosts this candid interview with esteemed actor, director and ensemble member Amy Morton. Morton shares her favorite (and least favorite) moments on stage and dishes out advice for young actors eager to jumpstart their careers. Hear Amy talk about her path, from growing up as a shy kid with a fantastical imagination to seeing her first Steppenwolf production and, finally, to performing in the theater’s legendary production of August: Osage County 30 years later.

Interview begins at 3:37. This episode of Half Hour is generously sponsored by Michele Kenner. View the transcript.


Episode 1 – Jon Michael Hill: “I Don’t Get Bored”

Half Hour's second season launches with a charming and insightful conversation between longtime friends Jon Michael Hill and James Vincent Meredith. Hill discusses his relationship with music from childhood days performing music routines outside of Six Flags to composing the music for The Brother/Sister Plays and creating his own Hip Hop album in 2021. The conversation also touches on the success he found as a young actor in Chicago, his first humbling experience working within an ensemble dynamic, and his dreams for the future.

Interview begins at 3:48. View the transcript.


Season 2 Trailer

Half Hour returns for an all-new second season, starting on March 30. Enjoy this sneak peek of just some of the candid, inspiring and thoughtful conversations to come. 


Season 1


Lead sponsor of accessibility

John Hart and Carol Prins


Season 1 sponsors

Season 1, Episode 3: Kathryn Erbe: "Pretending to be Badass" was exclusively sponsored by Doug Brown and Rachel Kraft.

Season 1, Episode 5: Story Catchers Theatre: "I Got Your Back" was sponsored by John Hart and Carol Prins in memory of Louise Hart, and co-sponsored by Winston & Strawn LLP.

Season 1, Episode 6: Frank Galati: "Stumbling Forward" was co-sponsored by Lynn Lockwood Murphy, honoring Aidan Murphy and Kenyon College Class of 2020.

Season 1, Episode 12: Carrie Coon: "Relaxed Readiness" was sponsored exclusively by Helen Zell.