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Steppenwolf Theatre Company

The Steppenwolf ensemble first began performing in the mid-1970s in the basement of a Highland Park, IL church, the ambitious brainchild of three high school and college friends: Jeff Perry, Terry Kinney and Gary Sinise. Fast forward some 40 years and counting and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company has become the nation’s premier ensemble theater—redefining the landscape of acting and performance. The ensemble has grown to 46 members who represent a remarkable generation of actors, directors and playwrights. Thrilling, powerful, groundbreaking productions from Balm in Gilead and Grapes of Wrath to August: Osage County—and accolades that included the National Medal of Arts and twelve Tony® Awards—have made the theater legendary. Steppenwolf’s artistic force remains rooted in the original vision of its founders: an artist-driven theater, whose vitality is defined by its sharp appetite for groundbreaking, innovative work.

Looking to get more involved?  The Steppenwolf Associates is a collective of the curious, the creative and the compassionate - a group of over 130 young professionals working to inspire Chicago teens to become lifelong theater lovers. The group is united around a passion for performance, an appreciation for arts education and the inherent ability to cut loose while giving back by fundraising for Steppenwolf for Young Adults. Members receive great benefits including membership nights at the theater, private post-show events with artists, mentorship opportunities with Chicago high school students, access to great networking and social events, discounted tickets and more!

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John Zinn

Director of Marketing & Communications

Member Contact

Karyn Todd

Development Coordinator

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company

IVY Members receive a complimentary drink voucher offered at the box office