Steppenwolf Theatre Company

What began as a modest theatre company named Steppenwolf whether from the rock group or the Hermann Hesse's novella, it has become a phenomenon in American theatre. There have been others but nothing like Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
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“ Co-Founder and Ensemble Player ” - Syl
Terry Kinney
Terry Kinney, the stage, film and television actor, was born on January 29, 1954 in Lincoln, Illinois and attended Illinois State University. While at university, his friend, the aspiring actor Jeff Perry, took Kinney to Chicago to see a production of "Grease" in which his best friend, Gary Sinise...
“ Co-Founder and Ensemble Player ” - Syl
Gary Sinise
Actor, CSI: NY
Gary Alan Sinise was born in Blue Island, Illinois, to Mylles S. (Alsip) and Robert L. Sinise, A.C.E., a film editor. He is of Italian (from his paternal grandfather), English, Scottish, Irish, French, German, and Swedish ancestry. His family moved to Highland Park, where he attended high school. He was something of a rebel, playing in bands but paying little attention to school...
“ Co-Founder and Ensemble Player ” - Syl
Moira Sinise
Moira Harris was born on April 19, 1954 in Pontiac, Illinois, to the well-respected Harris family. She attended and graduated from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, (also where John Malkovich attended) and met Gary Sinise during her college years. They have three children: Sophie Sinise, McCanna Anthony Sinise and Ella Sinise. She is the daughter-in-law of Robert L. Sinise.
“ Ensemble Player as Moira Harris since 1976. ” - Syl
John Malkovich
John Gavin Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois, to Joe Anne (Choisser), who owned a local newspaper, and Daniel Leon Malkovich, a state conservation director. His paternal grandparents were Croatian. In 1976, Malkovich joined Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, newly founded by his friend Gary Sinise...
“ Ensemble Player since 1976. ” - Syl
Laurie Metcalf
Actress, Roseanne
Laurie Metcalf was born June 16, 1955 in Carbondale, Illinois, the oldest of three children of Libby (Mars), a librarian, and James Metcalf, a budget director. She was raised in Edwardsville, Illinois. Laurie attended Illinois State University, where she obtained her bachelor of arts in theater in 1977...
“ Ensemble Player since 1976. ” - Syl
“ Ensemble Player since 1976. ” - Syl
Joan Allen
Actress, Face/Off
Joan Allen was born on August 20, 1956 in Rochelle, Illinois, the youngest of four children. She is the daughter of homemaker Dorothea Marie (Wirth) and gas station owner James Jefferson Allen. Her mother's family was German, and her father had English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. She attended Rochelle Township High School where she was voted most likely to succeed...
“ Ensemble Player since 1980. ” - Syl
“ Ensemble Player since 1980. ” - Syl
Glenne Headly
Actress, Don Jon
For the past fourteen years, she has said that family has been the most important thing to her and she has set most of her time aside to be a "present" mother to her son. Movies, plays and television are chosen, for the most part, when they occur in town or on a school break. She has taken the current year to homeschool her son for his seventh grade...
“ Ensemble Player since 1980. ” - Syl
Tom Irwin
Actor, 21 Grams
A native of Illinois, Tom Irwin attended Illinois State University. After graduation, he joined the prestigious Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago. The renowned ensemble of artists - among them Laurie Metcalf, John Malkovich, Gary Sinise and Joan Allen - still work together as often as possible...
“ Ensemble Player since 1980. ” - Syl
John Mahoney
Actor, Frasier
John Mahoney is an award-winning American actor who was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. The seventh of eight children, Mahoney's family had been evacuated to the sea-side resort to avoid the Nazi bombing of their native Manchester. The Mancunian Mahoneys eventually returned to Manchester during the war...
“ Ensemble Player since 1980. ” - Syl
“ Ensemble Player since 1980. ” - Syl
“ Ensemble Player since 1985. ” - Syl
“ Ensemble Player since 1985. ” - Syl
Robert Breuler
Robert, originally from New Haven Connecticut, is a Chicago based actor. From his first professional role at Joe Papp's New York Public Theatre where he played Kress in David Rabe's "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel", to Sidney Greenstreet in "Ten Chimneys" at Milwaukee Rep and Frank in "Detroit" at Steppenwolf...
“ Ensemble Player since 1985. ” - Syl
“ Ensemble Player since 1985. ” - Syl
“ Ensemble Player since 1985. ” - Syl
“ Ensemble Player since 1985. ” - Syl
Austin Pendleton
Actor Austin Pendleton was born March 27, 1940 in Warren, Ohio to Frances and Thorn Pendleton. He graduated from Yale University. He later became an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, and acted in several of the theater's productions. His first film appearance in Petulia, a minor and uncredited role. Since, he has made over 100 appearances in television and film.
“ Ensemble Player since 1985. ” - Syl
Molly Regan
Actress, Pollock
“ Ensemble Player since 1985. ” - Syl
“ Ensemble Player since 1985. ” - Syl
“ Ensemble Player since 1985 as Jim True. ” - Syl
“ Ensemble Player since 1990. ” - Syl
“ Ensemble Player since 1990. ” - Syl
“ Ensemble Player since 1990. ” - Syl
Martha Lavey
Martha Lavey was born in 1957, daughter of a CIA agent. She graduated from Northwestern in 1979 and later returned for a graduate theater degree. Most of her acting has been on the stage and she is today director of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater, where her colleagues have included John Malkovich and others later famous for their movie roles. Lavey has only the one screen credit.
“ Ensemble Player since 1990. Artistic Director. ” - Syl
“ Ensemble Player since 1990. ” - Syl
“ Ensemble Player since 1990. ” - Syl
“ Ensemble Player since 1990. ” - Syl
Martha Plimpton
Actress, Raising Hope
She has show biz in her blood. Martha Plimpton was born November 16, 1970, in New York City to two actors: Keith Carradine and Shelley Plimpton. Martha began her career at age 8, when her mom had a friend of hers, composer Elizabeth Swados, enroll her in an actors' workshop. At age 10, she got a small part in Rollover, and also made a series of Calvin Klein commercials...
“ Ensemble Player since 1990. ” - Syl
Eric Simonson
Eric Simonson is an ensemble member of the renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company, a position he maintains while working as a writer and director for film, television, theatre and opera. Recent films include the documentary, "Studs Terkel: Listening to America" (Emmy nomination); "A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin"...
“ Ensemble Player since 1990. ” - Syl
Lois Smith
Actress, Twister
“ Ensemble Player since 1990. ” - Syl
Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts is the son of actor Dennis Letts and best-selling author Billie Letts, of "Where The Heart Is" and "The Honk And Holler Opening Soon" fame. Tracy is also the author of the stage play "Killer Joe", which ran off-Broadway in 1998 for nine months and starred Scott Glenn, Amanda Plummer, Michael Shannon, Sarah Paulson and Marc Nelson.
Shannon Cochran
Actress, The Ring
Shannon was born in Savannah, Georgia. She graduated summa cum laude from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She had extensive theatre work in Chicago, including the world premiere of "Picasso at the Lapin Agile", a play by Steve Martin. She received a Joseph Jefferson Award for her role as "Gladys Bump" in "Pal Joey", at the Goodman Theatre.
Yasen Peyankov
The Bulgarian actor arrived in the United States in 1990 and as almost every immigrant started as a dishwasher in Chicago but very soon found his place as a co-founder of the newly established European Repertory Company. Since 2002 Yasen Peyankov has been one of the members of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble...