‘When I arrived at Illinois State University in 1984 I had never performed in a single play. Everything I am as an actor I owe to the extraordinary faculty at ISU and my association with Steppenwolf Theater.”
Ian is a member of the Steppenwolf Theater Ensemble. He was the recipient of the 1988 Steppenwolf/Illinois State University Acting internship. He has appeared in numerous productions with Steppenwolf including: The Birthday Party, The March, Penelope, August: Osage County, Detroit, Endgame, Betrayal, Love Song, Lost Land, Three Days of Rain, Berlin Circle, The Libertine, As I Lay Dying, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and many others. He originated the role of ‘Little Charles’ in Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize and Tony winning play August:Osage County which he also performed on Broadway and at London’s National Theater. He was in the original Broadway company of the Tony-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime playing ‘Ed Boone’/ He also appeared on Broadway in Steppenwolf’s production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice for which he received an Outer Critics award nomination. Other regional credits include: The national tour of Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile . At the Goodman in Chicago he appeared in All the Rage and Design for Living . With Remains, Mad Forest . In Los Angeles, he appeared at the Geffen Playhouse in The Weir, God’s Man in Texas and Take Me Out and at the Ahmanson he appeared in Dead End . Film credits include: The Last Rites of Joe May, Catch Hell, Return to Sender, Road to Perdition, 13 Going On 30 . Numerous television appearances. He was the recipient of the 1996 National Theater Conference award for ‘most promising artist’.