Hallie Gordon | 2009 Honoree

Hallie Gordon is the Artistic and Educational Director of Steppenwolf for Young Adults.

Hallie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the New School for Social Research in New York City where she studied theater and theater in education. She served as Managing Director for the Atrium Theater in New York City and as Artistic Director for the Pillar Studio in Chicago. As Program Specialist with the Chicago Park District, she served as Managing Director of Theater on the Lake as well as implementing a wide array of cultural programming throughout the city.

For Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Hallie has created and facilitated many educational programs. Along with selecting the young adult productions each season, she has created the Young Adult Council, in which high school students collectively create innovative programming for their peers. As Educational Director, Hallie has worked closely with the Chicago Public Schools to create an environment in which all students and teachers have access to the theatre.

As a theatre artist Hallie has directed the world premiere of Harriet Jacobs adapted for the stage by Lydia R. Diamond. The premier of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye (also adapted by Lydia R. Diamond) won a Black Excellence Award from the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago. This production also transferred Off-Broadway to The New Victory Theatre. She has directed staged readings for The Goodman Theatre, Chicago Dramatists and Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Hallie is also currently serving as the Artistic Director of the Chicago Park District's Theatre on The Lake.

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Tim Meier adds:

"Hallie never dumbs down material just because it's for children."