New Play Development

Steep has a long history of bringing new stories and new theatrical voices to Chicago audiences and has produced almost exclusively U.S. and Midwest premieres since opening its Berwyn Avenue storefront in 2008. In recent years the ensemble has focused its energy on cultivating and supporting the development of new work. The 2015 world premiere of Hamish Linklater’s The Cheats was a landmark production for Steep in its journey to become a home for new play development. This journey is ongoing, and all at Steep are excited about upcoming work in new play development.

Calamity West Commission

Steep is commissioning a new play by Calamity West. This script was written and workshopped between spring 2016 and spring 2017 and will be produced in the winter of 2018.
“We're committed to supporting this generation of new work, and we're thrilled to be making this big step forward with Calamity, who is not only one of the most exciting writers going, but a writer whose sensibility and energy align so well with Steep's aesthetic." - Artistic Director Peter Moore

About Calamity West
Calamity West is a Chicago-based, Kilroys-cited, award-winning playwright. Her play Hinter, is scheduled for its world-premiere at Steep Theatre Company in the winter of 2018. Her newest play In the Canyon is currently in development at Jackalope Theater Company and she recently joined TimeLine Theatre Company’s Playwrights Collective where she will be in residency for the next two years. Other full-length plays by Ms. West include: Tony Kushner Considers Writing A Gay Fantasia Based On National Themes (2017), Rolling (2016); Give It All Back (Kilroy-cited 2015); Ibsen is Dead (2014); The Peacock (2013, Kilroys honorable mention); The Gacy Play (2012); and Common Hatred (2012). Calamity is a company member of Jackalope Theatre Company and an artistic associate of Sideshow Theatre Company. She teaches playwriting at the University of Chicago and is represented by The Gersh Agency.

University Partnerships

In addition to producing new plays, Steep has been working with university playwriting programs to provide students with professional development opportunities. To date the program has included workshops of Carnegie Mellon University MFA student Josh Ginsburg’s Stick Figures, Northwestern University MFA student Sofya Weitz’ The Gleaming and Northwestern University MFA student Roger Q. Mason's Blackjack

Support New Work

If you're interested in being a part of the development of new plays and emerging theatrical voices, please consider making a gift to Steep Theatre. You can give online or by contacting Kate Piatt-Eckert. Your generosity will help bring new plays to life!