GLENCOE – Steppenwolf Theatre Co. shared the sad news that Martha Lavey, ensemble member and former Steppenwolf Artistic Director, passed away on April 25 due to complications from a stroke suffered on Wednesday, April 19. This stroke was in addition to the debilitating stroke she suffered in May of 2015, and from which she had been struggling to recover. She spent her last days as she lived, in the company and comfort of family, ensemble members and people who love her deeply.
As faithful friends, audience members, donors, staff, artists, mentees and members of the Steppenwolf community, we were all indelibly impacted by Martha’s passion, commitment, vision and unmatched intellect. Martha cared deeply for each and every one of us-no matter our relationship to her or the theatre. She will be dearly missed.
Services for Martha will be held near her parent’s home in Vienna, Virginia at St Mark Catholic Church. A memorial to celebrate her life and her impact on Steppenwolf and the Chicago community will be held at Steppenwolf, with a date and time to be determined.
If you have a memory or a thought about Martha, please share your story with us. Comments will be collected and shared with Martha’s family and the community.
Submitted by Steppenwolf Theatre Co. Artistic Director Anna Shapiro and Executive Director David Schmitz