- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - The Steppenwolf Theatre Company is fixing up its Chicago home and making a change in its artistic leadership.

The respected company said Thursday that Martha Lavey, the theater’s artistic director since 1995, will be replaced by longtime ensemble member and award-winning Broadway director Anna D. Shapiro.

Shapiro won the Tony Award for directing Tracy Letts’ “August: Osage County,” helmed the Michael Cera-led “This Is Our Youth,” now playing in New York, and will soon turn to a play written by comedian Larry David. She will take over at Steppenwolf in fall 2015.

The company also said it will add two new buildings on campus - a 400-seat flexible theater and a black box space. Steppenwolf stages 16 productions a year on three stages and attracts an annual audience of 200,000 people.

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