Steppenwolf was founded on the idea that we are stronger when we act together. We call it, “ensemble”.

Our belief in ensemble guides our work and extends beyond our walls. The entire Chicago theatre community is like an ensemble. We share in each other’s success and we lift each other up in times of challenge.

COVID-19 has presented a massive threat to the wellbeing of our entire theatre ecosystem.

But we’re not alone.

We’re in this together, and Chicago is always stronger when we act as an ensemble. That’s why Steppenwolf designed this shirt, and why we’re putting 100% of proceeds towards supporting the Chicago theatre community. We have partnered with Rowboat Creative and their Creatives Who Care initiative and will be donating half of all proceeds to The Chicago Theatre Workers Relief Fund, a League of Chicago Theatres initiative which will directly assist theatre workers who have lost work as a result of COVID-19 and are facing financial uncertainty. The remainder will help sustain Steppenwolf’s “virtual” stages and education programs and prepare us to lead Chicago theatre’s eventual rebound.

So, if you’ve ever seen a show you loved, if you’ve ever connected with a friend at the theater or debated furiously at a post-show discussion, YOU are a part of our ensemble too. And we need you. Please consider contributing whatever you can to help support live art in Chicago.