Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced that Polly Carl, producing artistic director of the Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis, will join the Steppenwolf staff in the newly-created position of Director of Artistic Development.
“We are delighted to have Polly Carl join the artistic team at Steppenwolf Theatre,” said Steppenwolf artistic director Martha Lavey in a statement.
“In her newly-created position, Polly will be overseeing our new play development efforts and spearheading our work on the artistic initiatives facilitated through our grants from the Duke and Mellon Foundations. These initiatives, dedicated to cultivating a new generation of artists and audiences and creating transparency in the process of new play development, will continue our engagement with audiences in the public square of Steppenwolf. We are honored to be able to welcome a leader of Polly's acumen and experience to Steppenwolf and look forward to the contribution she will make to Steppenwolf and to Chicago.”
Carl, a foremost expert in new play development, has worked for 11 years at the Playwrights' Center, including the last seven as its artistic director. Under her leadership, the Center has grown from a local playwrights’ service organization to a national hub for playwrights, theater artists and theater companies that write, develop and produce new work.