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Steppenwolf Theatre Company artistic director Anna D. Shapiro recently announced the addition of award-winning actor Carrie Coon to the world-renowned Steppenwolf ensemble. Carrie Coon last appeared on Steppenwolf’s stage in the world premiere of Mary Page Marlowe by Pulitzer Prize-winning ensemble member Tracy Letts. Other Steppenwolf credits include Tracy Letts’s adaptation of "Three Sisters," The March and Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as “Honey,” a role that led to a Tony nomination and a Theatre World Award. She won a Critics’ Choice Television Award for her performance in HBO’s The Leftovers and a TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama for her performances in HBO’s The Leftovers and FX’s Fargo. For her performance in Amy Herzog’s world premiere, Mary Jane, she garnered a 2018 Lucille Lortel Award, an Obie Award, and a Drama Desk Award nomination. Carrie can currently be seen in USA Network’s The Sinner and in Steve McQueen’s thriller, Widows.
“Carrie has done a number of plays with us already and what she adds each time is immeasurable. She is committed to Chicago, the theater and to Steppenwolf and has been our staunch advocate throughout the years. I am truly excited to have Carrie and her stellar acting officially in the family,” shares Ms. Shapiro.
Carrie Coon commented, “Steppenwolf changed my life, and it’s a privilege to be welcomed into the ensemble. I hope to prove my commitment by acting just as long and half as well as Lois Smith.”
Steppenwolf’s world class ensemble has a storied history. Formed by a collective of actors in 1976, the company features the best in American Theatre. Since Anna D. Shapiro began as artistic director in 2015, Cliff Chamberlain, Celeste M. Cooper, Glenn Davis, Audrey Francis, Rajiv Joseph, Sandra Marquez, Caroline Neff, Karen Rodriguez and Namir Smallwood have also been welcomed into the ensemble. Visit Steppenwolf.org to learn more about Steppenwolf’s ensemble and the theater’s current season of programming.
Actress Carrie Coon (photo courtesy of Steppenwoilf Theatre).