Steppenwolf Theatre Company produces programming for the Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre, Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre and the Steppenwolf Merle Reskin Garage Theatre. The innovative use of the three Steppenwolf performance spaces provides exciting opportunities for Steppenwolf artistically and institutionally. Originally founded by actors from Illinois State University who began the theater in the basement of a north suburban church, the company's star-studded ensemble now numbers some famous film and stage presences--John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Joan Allen, Laurie Metcalf and John Mahoney. Few of them perform regularly with the ensemble anymore, but most return occasionally to perform in a mainstage offering. The theatre has excellent site lines, acoustics and seats.