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Looking back at 2013 and ahead to 2014
Steep Theatre Company has been growing at an astonishing rate these last few years. Each season we develop as an organization and as artists, often times by leaps and bounds. I'm thrilled to report that 2013 was one of those "leaps and bounds" years. The impact of our work is being felt by an ever-expanding community of audiences and artists. Our efforts to bring new work from outstanding playwrights and often the playwrights themselves to Chicago audiences have been overwhelmingly successful. Steep's artists and productions continue to be recognized as among the best and boldest that Chicago has to offer. In fact, Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune recently named Steep's U.S. Premiere of The Knowledge one of his Top Ten Shows of 2013, making Steep Chicago's only Non-Equity theater to be included on that list!
Beyond all of that exciting growth, Steep has achieved some major firsts in 2013 milestones that are not only indicative of the growth Steep has experienced in recent years, but provide a glimpse into our vision for the future.
Here are just some of Steep's stand-out achievements from 2013:
  • Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens joined Steep as our first Associate Playwright! Simon is one of the world's most exciting and most produced playwrights. You're likely familiar with his work from Steep productions of Harper Reagan, Pornography, and Motortown some of our most popular and successful shows. You may even have met Simon when he spent a few evenings with Steep in Chicago last year. We have been fans of Simon and his work for years, so we were thrilled and honored to name Simon our first Associate Playwright.
  • We hired our first Business Manager, Kate Piatt-Eckert. This may not sound quite as sexy as bringing a world-famous playwright on board, but we are just as excited about Kate joining the Steep family. Kate is a long-time friend of the company, having stage-managed Steep productions back in the early days at our old theater on Sheridan. After several years away, during which time she earned a Master's Degree in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University, Kate is back in Chicago. We were incredibly fortunate to hire her as a permanent staff member. Kate's expertise and enthusiasm for Steep have already made her a major asset to the company.
  • We signed our first Equity contract, Steep Company Member Caroline Neff in The Knowledge. Our Season We've been lucky enough to watch Caroline's career take off right in front of our eyes on Steep's stage. Lately, Caroline has been working on some of Chicago's biggest stages and has become a member of Actors' Equity Association, the professional union for stage actors. This year, thanks to our first guest appearance contract with Actors' Equity, we were able to welcome Caroline home in fitting style as she starred in The Knowledge.

These are accomplishments I could have barely imagined when we founded Steep in 2000. They represent the terrific growth we've experienced over the last twelve years growth we simply could not have achieved without your support. They also represent the way we hope to grow Steep in the future, and lay the groundwork for some ambitious plans we are currently exploring.
  • Our association with Simon Stephens is just one example of our collaboration with playwrights and artists from outside the Steep community, and outside of Chicago. We plan to increase our commitment to developing new plays and supporting playwrights in the coming years.
  • As our reputation has grown, so have our audiences. While we are still very happy with Steep's current home, we are actively exploring ways to grow our space. We aim to share our work with larger audiences and improve the Steep experience for audiences and artists alike.
  • As our community of artists grows, we are considering the possibility of becoming an Equity theatre. We already work with some of the best and brightest artists in Chicago and beyond, and gaining access to Chicago's union actors will certainly bring a wider range of artists to Steep. Perhaps more importantly, becoming an Equity theater will ensure that those artists who have made Steep what it is today can play a role defining the Steep of tomorrow.

Realizing these goals will require increasing Steep's operating budget. With the addition of Kate to our team, we have already made significant improvements in our fiscal management, and we are now aligning our financial planning with our artistic goals so that we will be better able to take advantage of opportunities and prepare for strategic growth. We hope that you will continue to support Steep as we work to build on the amazing foundation we've laid for Steep's continued success. Your support is even more crucial as we work toward these ambitious goals.
Please consider making a gift to Steep this year:
I welcome your thoughts on our goals and our plans for realizing them. If you would like to talk with me more about how you might help Steep evolve, please call me at 773-255-4900 or send me an email and I'll be sure to respond.
Thank you for being part of another outstanding year at Steep, and for supporting us as we look forward to more outstanding years ahead!
Peter Moore
Steep Theatre Company
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