Steppenwolf taps Anna D. Shapiro as new leader

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Posted: Oct 02, 2014 1:59 PM
Steppenwolf taps Anna D. Shapiro as new leader

NEW YORK (AP) — The Steppenwolf Theatre Company is fixing up its Chicago home and making a change in its artistic leadership.

The respected company said Thursday that Martha Lavey, the theater's artistic director since 1995, will be replaced by longtime ensemble member and award-winning Broadway director Anna D. Shapiro.

Shapiro won the Tony Award for directing Tracy Letts' "August: Osage County," helmed the Michael Cera-led "This Is Our Youth," now playing in New York, and will soon turn to a play written by comedian Larry David. She will take over at Steppenwolf in fall 2015.

The company also said it will add two new buildings on campus — a 400-seat flexible theater and a black box space. Steppenwolf stages 16 productions a year on three stages and attracts an annual audience of 200,000 people.