Four decades of groundbreaking productions. Accolades that include the National Medal of Arts and nine Tony® Awards. Welcome to Steppenwolf – where great acting meets big ideas.

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They will challenge you to think harder, laugh longer, feel more. True to its mission, Steppenwolf Theatre Company consistently delivers dynamic and exciting theater that will hit you hard.

Steppenwolf celebrates collaboration with rich, intense performances that advance the vitality and diversity of American theater. Prepare to be moved by superb writers, like Tracy Letts (August: Osage County) and Bruce Norris (Clybourne Park, a Pulitzer Prize-winning work), who deliver a high level of drama and emotion to their ground-breaking productions. See passion on stage as fearless actors weave layers of story with emotion, relating to how we live our lives today.

Steppenwolf grew out of a basement performance space in one of Chicago's northern suburbs when a small group of ambitious high school and college friends decided to share their talent with the world. Their decision has resulted in nine Tony Awards®, a National Medal of Arts, an Illinois Arts Legend Award and countless Joseph Jefferson citations, Chicago's local theater prize. Ensemble members include such household names as Joan Allen, John Mahoney, Laurie Metcalf, John Malkovich, Amy Morton and cofounder Gary Sinise.

After nearly four decades, the nation's premier ensemble theater continues to expand and is now a company of 43 artists whose strengths include acting, directing, playwriting and textual adaptation. Every season offers an incredible range of plays, from world premieres to surprising adaptations of great classics.

2014-2015 SEASON

The 2014-15 Steppenwolf season reunites audiences with artists they know and love, and introduces new artistic collaborations:

  • The Night Alive
    September 18 - November 16, 2014
    By Conor McPherson | Directed by Henry Wishcamper
    A transcendent new drama by the celebrated author of The Seafarer, Shining City and The Weir.

  • Airline Highway
    December 4, 2014 - February 8, 2015
    By Lisa D'Amour | Directed by Joe Mantello
    A world premiere about a rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and philosophers from the author of Detroit.

  • Marie Antoinette
    February 5 - May 10, 2015
    By David Adjmi | Directed by Robert O'Hara
    A comic, modern look at the young queen of France-and a society that might be entertaining itself to death.

  • The Herd
    April 2 - June 7, 2015
    By Rory Kinnear | Directed by ensemble member Frank Galati
    A deftly comic play about the challenges of reconciliation, the power of shared memories and the irresistible pull of family.

  • Grand Concourse
    July 2 - August 30, 2015
    By Heidi Schreck | Directed by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov
    A new play about the value of compassion-and the limits of forgiveness-in a Bronx soup kitchen.


Steppenwolf is committed to year-round programing that engages multi-generational audiences with thought-provoking productions and helps develop new works, new audiences and new artists for the future of American theater. In addition to the five-play subscription series, you can go more in-depth with free post-show discussions and you can support the Steppenwolf vision through inventive community programming that includes:


Settle into one of Steppenwolf's three theatres, each innovative and intimate, and watch as they redefine the theater landscape. You won't find a bad seat in the house, but you may find yourself gripping your chair as you get sucked into the storylines played out on stage.

And you'll have plenty of time for dinner and a show as you plan your visit. Located just a few miles north of the Loop, many excellent restaurants and things to do are nearby in the surrrounding Lincoln Park and Old Town neighborhoods. You may even find yourself at a table next to the director of the show you're seeing!

Check out our Events Calendar to see what exciting new shows are on stage at Steppenwolf while you're here and get the inside scoop from our Chicago Like a Local theater blog.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1650 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 335-1650
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