Steppenwolf Welcomes Two New Ensemble Members

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Celeste M. Cooper and Cliff Chamberlain have joined the Chicago theatre company.
Celeste M. Cooper and Cliff Chamberlain
Celeste M. Cooper and Cliff Chamberlain

Steppenwolf Theatre Company welcomes two new actors to its growing ensemble company: Celeste M. Cooper, who was recently seen in the company's production of BLKS, and Steppenwolf regular Cliff Chamberlain, last seen on the company's stage in Tracy Letts' Broadway-bound The Minutes.


“We are thrilled to add Cliff and Celeste to the Steppenwolf ensemble. Both of these actors bring a commitment to excellence in their work that already has brought so much to our stages,” says Steppenwolf Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro. “We are honored that they will now be able to call Steppenwolf their artistic home and we are all so excited to see what the future holds for them both.”

“Wow, this is amazing. I am so humbled, excited, and honored to join an ensemble of artists I deeply admire,” adds Cooper. “I have prayed and dreamed about this moment ever since I saw Steppenwolf’s outstanding production of The Bluest Eye. This blessing seriously means the world to me.”

“When I moved to Chicago in 2003, simply walking into the Steppenwolf lobby for the first time took my breath away,” says Chamberlain. “Since then, I’ve been an audience member in its seats, a student in its classrooms, and an actor on its stages; heck, I’ve even been a volunteer usher in its lobby (August: Osage County, deep into the run, only way to get tickets, a wonderful memory). To add 'ensemble member' to that list, to join an artistic family that has meant so much to me, is unbelievably exciting and an incredible honor.”

Formed by a collective of actors in 1976, Steppenwolf’s ensemble company currently includes Joan Allen, Kevin Anderson, Alana Arenas, Randall Arney, Kate Arrington, Ian Barford, Robert Breuler, Cliff Chamberlain, Gary Cole,Glenn Davis, Kathryn Erbe, Audrey Francis, K. Todd Freeman, Frank Galati, Francis Guinan, Moira Harris, Jon Michael Hill, Tim Hopper, Tom Irwin, Ora Jones, Terry Kinney, Tina Landau, , Letts, , John Malkovich, Sandra Marquez, Tarell Alvin McCraney, James Vincent Meredith, Laurie Metcalf, Amy Morton, Sally Murphy, Caroline Neff, Bruce Norris, Austin Pendleton, Jeff Perry, William, Petersen, Yasen Peyankov, Martha Plimpton, Rondi Reed, Molly Regan, Shapiro, Eric Simonson, Gary Sinise, Namir Smallwood, Lois Smith, Rick Snyder, Jim True-Frost, and Alan Wilder. Martha Lavey, John Mahoney, and Mariann Mayberry are members in memoriam.

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