Steppenwolf Theatre

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 PerryTerry Kinney and Gary Sinise. Fast forward some 35 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 43 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 nine 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.

Steppenwolf operates as a not-for-profit organization relying on community support to produce or presents up to 16 plays and nearly 700 performances, readings and other events every year on our three stages. The theater’s artistic and educational programs draw a multi-generational audience of nearly 200,000 from the greater metropolitan Chicago area, while our impact reaches well beyond this region with productions that tour nationally and internationally.




Steppenwolf Theatre Company is where great acting meets big ideas. Our passion is to tell stories about how we live now. Our mission is to engage audiences in an exchange of ideas that makes us think harder, laugh longer, feel more.






Steppenwolf is committed to year-round programing that engages our multi-generational audience with thought-provoking productions and helps develop new plays, new audiences and new artists for the future of American theater.




The Box Office
1650 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 312-335-1650
Fax: 312-335-0440
TTY: 312-335-3830

Open seven days a week except for certain major holidays
11am - 5pm Monday-Saturday and 1 - 5pm Sunday.
Open until 6:30pm on days with evening performances.

Administrative Offices
1700 N Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 312-335-1888
Fax: 312-335-0808

General Comments & Questions
For general comments and questions please email us

Website Comments & Questions
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Media Inquiries
Please contact Communications Director Jeffrey Fauver at 
312-654-5656 or

Contacting an Audience Member During a Performance
If you need to contact a patron during a performance in our Downstairs or Upstairs Theaters, please call our Concierge Desk at 312-932-2476. Hours: one hour prior to curtain until 15 minutes after curtain call.

Ticket Requests
Steppenwolf does not process ticket requests via email. For information about ticket availability or the status of a ticket order, please call 
the box office at 312-335-1650.

Ticket Donation Requests
Steppenwolf Theatre Company is pleased to consider requests for ticket donations to other organizations. Due to our large volume of requests, we only accept donation requests via email. And while we would like to grant all donation requests, we are simply unable to fulfill them all. Please submit your request along with a copy of your 501 c 3