In 1976, Perry co-founded Chicago’s internationally acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre Company with Gary Sinise and Terry Kinney. Perry has acted in or directed more than forty productions for the non-profit company, including the 2008 Pulitzer Prize winning August: Osage County for which he received a Drama Desk Awardnomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play. In 2012, Perry was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for his work in the Off-Broadway hit Tribes.

Perry’s many acting credits at Steppenwolf include Balm in Gilead (also Off-Broadway), The Time of Your Life (also Seattle, San Francisco), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (World Premiere), The Grapes of Wrath (also Broadway and London), The Caretaker (also Broadway) and Streamers (also Kennedy Center).

WordTheatre with Denis Johnson in association with ALOUD and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles