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.


2016-2017 SEASON

For its 41th anniversary season, Steppenwolf is pulling out all the stops. The 2016-17 show calendar reunites audiences with artists they know and love, and introduces new artistic collaborations. Here are two of the featured production for this season:

  • The Fundamentals (November 10 - December 23, 2016) by Erika Sheffer and ensemble member Yasen Peyankov.
  • The Christians (December 1, 2016 – January 29, 2017) is renowned playwright Lucas Hnath's deubt on the Steppenwolf stage, featuring ensemble member K. Todd Freeman. 
  • Straight White Men (February 2 - March 19, 2017) is the product of writer and producer of Young Jean Lee with ensemble member Alan Wilder. 
  • Linda Vista (March 30 - May 21, 2017) will be performed by 4 ensemble memners on the Steppenwolf stage under the direction of Dexter Bullard.
  • Pass Over (June 1 - July 9, 2017) by Atoinette Nwandu will feature Jon Michael Hill. 



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 surrounding 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.


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

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