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Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Grants to Steppenwolf Theatre Company

  • $425,000

    2017 (Duration 5 years)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Steppenwolf Theatre Company was established in 1976 in Highland Park, Illinois by a collective of three actors dedicated to the development of artists through ensemble work. Steppenwolf moved to Chicago in 1980 and has since grown into an internationally renowned company of 46 actors, directors, and playwrights. Over the course of four decades, Steppenwolf has gained national recognition for its superb acting, high artistic standards, and contributions of new plays for the American theater beyond Chicago. Core programming includes producing a range of plays and other performance pieces; facilitating youth arts education and professional development programs for emerging artists; and the implementation of a diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative. This award provides renewed general operating support to the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

  • $150,000

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Steppenwolf Theater Company is an ensemble theater that engages its multigenerational audiences in an exchange of ideas and is committed to developing new plays, new audiences and new artists for the future of American theater. This grant supports the planning and design of The Lab at Steppenwolf, a new theater-based learning environment. Steppenwolf will build on the knowledge and insight gained through the Learning Labs project to explore what learning environments look like in the context of theater, exploring prototype arrangements of the learning space and related programming as part of an iterative design process.

  • $375,000

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — This grant provides renewed multi-year general operating support to Steppenwolf Theatre Company, one of America’s leading regional theatres; the recipient of 9 Tony Awards, and the only theatre to be awarded the National Medal of Arts. In its 36-year history, 40 productions have toured nationally and internationally, including Tracy Lett’s Pulitzer Prize-winning August: Osage County. Steppenwolf develops and presents challenging plays that nurture the artistic impulses of its 43-member ensemble of actors, directors and writers. Each year it presents 16 plays in 700 performances, reaching a multi-generational audience of nearly 200,000, including free theatre experiences for more than 15,000 youth, teachers, and families.

  • $360,000

    2007 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over five years).

  • $200,000

    2003 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over four years).

  • $500,000

    2002 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support a board-designated endowment fund that will support growth of artistic and educational programs (over two years).

  • $80,000

    2001 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over two years).

  • $40,000

    1999 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations.

  • $120,000

    1996 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over three years).

  • $120,000

    1993 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over three years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Steppenwolf Theatre Company $2,370,000 between 1978 and 2017.

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