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A Vision for Chicago Theatre

We want to see a Chicago theatre that truly looks and sounds like all of Chicago. A community of theaters and artists that create work in meaningful conversation with their neighbors. Imagine a season full of stories that are distinctly and uniquely Chicagoan. How do we make that happen?

We believe the answer lies with our playwrights.

Two things that make Chicago a city like no other are its dynamic neighborhoods and its brilliant playwrights. By pairing playwrights with neighborhoods in mutually beneficial relationships, Step Up hopes to foster a new body of great Chicago plays that tell the full story of who we are as a city.


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