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About Steppenwolf
Steppenwolf Theatre Company, recognized in 2009 as a Top Small Workplace by The Wall Street Journal, is where great acting meets big ideas. The theatre’s passion is to tell stories about how we live now; its mission is to engage audiences in an exchange of ideas that makes people think harder, laugh longer, feel more. The theatre celebrates and honors the core values of ensemble, innovation and citizenship. Steppenwolf has a commitment to diversity and equity, and the organization has a focus on diversifying the artists, audiences, staff and board who make Steppenwolf great. As a not for profit, ensemble based theatre company operating in the city of Chicago, the company’s activities include a wide range of artistic programs including a five play subscription series, non-subscription mainstage productions, new play and visiting company repertories, national and international tours, Steppenwolf for Young Adults play series, professional leadership programs, educational programs, new play commissions and workshops. Steppenwolf seeks to engage its community in a spirited dialogue around today’s issues, which results in more than 200 events produced throughout the year. The company owns five different facilities housing its three theatres, production facilities, offices and other support facilities and is managed under the leadership of Martha Lavey, Artistic Director and David Schmitz, Managing Director.

Facilities Director

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full time position of Facilities Director.  The Facilities Director reports to the Director of Operations and Management and also works directly with staff, artists, and other constituents of the theater.  This position also manages relationships with vendors, contractors, regulatory agencies, and the surrounding community.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Expertise in trades including HVAC, plumbing, and electrical
  • Extremely organized with the ability to handle multiple tasks at once
  • Project management skill
  • Follow up and follow-through on projects
  • Appropriate sense of urgency for facilities matters
  • Proficient at Microsoft Office
  • Professional and able to communicate well at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to manage and mentor Facilities staff

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage the Facilities Department
  • Lead  all major facility projects
  • Oversee all maintenance activities
  • Monitor the general condition of all facilities
  • Supervise the Facilities Manager
  • Manage relationships with insurance brokers for the organization
  • Create and manage the Facilities and Capital Expense budget
  • Support the Facilities Committee
  • Work with City Hall to ensure compliance with all licenses, inspections and permits
  • Pre-event contracting with the City and venue and security management for the annual Gala
  • Ensure OSHA compliance in coordination with the Production department
  • Other responsibilities assigned by the Director of Operations and Management

Compensation

Compensation will be commensurate with qualification and experience and is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry.  Excellent benefit package offered, including medical and dental insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, vacation pay, paid sick leave and a 401(k) matching retirement program.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We are interested in receiving candidates from a broad spectrum of people, including women and people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

How to apply:

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references by August 27th to:
Rachel Freund
Email: jobs@steppenwolf.org

Please list Facilities Director and your last name in the subject line of your e-mail.  Please note in your email where you found out about this job.

 NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Overhire Carpenter

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the part-time position of Overhire Carpenter to assist in constructing scenery for upcoming productions.

Requirements
Qualified candidates must be detail oriented, have experience constructing theatrical scenery, provide basic personal hand tools, and be available to work 8am-5pm M-F. These positions are available immediately and applications will be accepted and considered on a rolling basis.

Compensation
Compensation will be on an hourly basis and is commensurate with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry in the Chicago Area.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We are interested in receiving candidates from a broad spectrum of people, including women and minorities.

How To Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send a resume and references to:
Email:jobs@steppenwolf.org

ASL Theatrical Interpreter

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is pleased to announce a general call for interpreters interested in joining its 2014–2015 ASL Theatrical Interpreter team. Interpreters will work with Steppenwolf and each other to uphold the integrity of Steppenwolf’s artistic and accessibility mission, and will be assigned to plays according to the needs each production.

Job Description
Through a relaxed, attentive and diligent level of teamwork, ASL Theatrical Interpreters will work closely with Steppenwolf staff, other interpreters and ASL Theatrical Directors (native-signing people who help ensure the delivery of quality interpretation) to present interpretation that (1) provides the highest level of impactful communication to our deaf audience, and (2) as closely as possible conveys the intentions of Steppenwolf’s actors, playwrights and directors.

As part of Steppenwolf’s accessibility team, ASL Theatrical Interpreters will attend preview performances of a play, practice independently to audio CD production recordings, conduct script analysis with the ASL Theatrical Director and Interpreter Team, and participate in multiple Interpreter Team rehearsals.

Rehearsal and preparation times vary according to the needs of each production and Interpreter Team, and will be coordinated during the initial assignment process.

Performance times for Steppenwolf main stage plays are traditionally Sunday evenings from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

Performance times for Steppenwolf for Young Adult plays can include both weekday mornings and weekend afternoons or evenings.

Steppenwolf historically presents nine ASL-interpreted performances a year, in addition to assorted special events.

ASL Theatrical Interpreters will serve as independent contractors.

ASL Theatrical Interpreters report to the Steppenwolf Director of Audience Experience.

The successful candidates will:

  • Hold Advanced or Master Level License in Illinois
  • Have theatrical interpretation experience
  • Have excellent time management skills and be able to commit to a variety of rehearsal and performance schedules
  • Respond to email communication within 24 hours of receipt
  • Be willing to collaborate with Interpreter Teams comprised of Steppenwolf staff, other interpreters and ASL Theatrical Directors
  • Be comfortable standing for durations up to two hours at a time, as well as moving from point to point onstage during the performance (sometimes in the dark)

Compensation
Compensation is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We are interested in receiving candidates from a broad spectrum of people, including women and minorities.

How to apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to:
Evan Hatfield
Director of Audience Experience
Email: ASL@steppenwolf.org

Please list ASL Theatrical Interpreter and your last name in the subject line of your e-mail. Please note in your email where you found out about this job.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Assistant Props Master

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Assistant Props Master.  The Assistant Props Master works as part of the properties team providing rehearsal and show props, loading shows in and out of the theatre, attending technical rehearsals, working within a budget, reporting expenses, archiving shows, maintaining a safe and clean work environment, and keeping prop storage areas tidy and organized.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Experience in light carpentry, sewing, upholstery and painting
  • Proficiency  in Photoshop and Microsoft Office
  • An understanding of historical periods and styles
  • Prior supervisory experience
  • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently and multi- task

Five years of professional working experience in props is preferred.  Candidates with equivalent experience and expertise will be considered.

This position reports to the Properties Master.

Responsibilities:

  • The Assistant Props Master acts as a liaison between the Steppenwolf props department and vendors, guest artists, prop renters and other departments in the theatre.
  • This position requires the physical ability to work on a computer and on one’s feet for long periods of time, to occasionally work on ladders and lifts, to lift furniture, boxes, and other items weighing over 25 pounds, and a willingness to work more than 40 hours per week when necessary.
  • Tasks include researching, searching the internet, heavy email use, tracking departmental spending, sewing, upholstery, dressing sets, painting, shopping, light carpentry, digitally creating or modifying paper props, using several different types of materials and techniques for crafting or adapting props, and supervising other props team members.  
  • This is a scene shop-based position but regularly works in other Steppenwolf locations such as the rehearsal hall, theatre, and at various vendors all across Chicagoland. Candidates must have a current, valid driver's license, clean driving record, their own car, and the ability to drive company vans.   

Compensation:

Compensation will be commensurate with qualification and experience, and is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry.  Excellent benefit package offered, including medical and dental insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, vacation pay, paid sick leave, and a 401(k) matching retirement program.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

We are interested in receiving candidates from a broad spectrum of people, including women and people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

How to apply:

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references by August 24th to:
Jenny DiLuciano
Email: jobs@steppenwolf.org

Please list Assistant Props Master and your last name in the subject line of your e-mail.  Please note in your email where you found out about this job.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Assistant House Manager and Concierge

Job Description:

Through a relaxed, attentive, and sincere level of customer service, members of the Steppenwolf Front of House staff are committed to cultivating a comfortable and inviting experience for our audience in the lobbies and houses of our Downstairs, Upstairs and Garage Theatres. As part of this team, the Assistant House Manager and Concierge engage our patrons as courteous, professional representatives of the theatre; assist patrons with disabilities (which includes developing a proficiency in accessibility etiquette); coordinate with the box office to resolve ticketing conflicts; supervise the lobbies during performances; monitor and maintain public spaces for safety, cleanliness and presentation; provide in-house supervision during performances; and serve as knowledgeable sources of information about the theatre and city. Additionally, the Concierge is responsible for operating the lobby book shop and information desk during performances, which features scripts, books and Steppenwolf souvenirs.

These positions report to the Front of House Manager and the Director of Audience Experience.

Hours of employment coincide with performances, which are presented Tuesday through Sunday evenings, with matinees on Saturdays, Sundays and select Wednesdays. Extra shift availability is also occasionally available to support special events and extra programming on Monday evenings, weekdays, and weekend mornings.

The successful candidates will:

  • enjoy proactively, positively and calmly interacting with a variety of personalities in a busy, fast-paced environment
  • be able to consistently work 15-20 hours a week
  • have availability evenings and weekends
  • possess excellent time-management skills
  • be able to lift 40 pounds
  • be comfortable and willing to alternate between different tasks and positions, which include but are not limited to Assistant House Manager and Concierge

Compensation:

Compensation is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry.   Part-time employees are eligible for Steppenwolf's dental and vision insurance, a pre-tax Chicago Transit Authority card and a 401(k) matching retirement program.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  We are interested in receiving candidates from a broad spectrum of people, including women and people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

How to apply:

Interested and qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume by August 24, 2015 to:
Evan Hatfield
Director of Audience Experience
Email: jobs@steppenwolf.org

Please list FOH Positions and your last name in the subject line of your e-mail.  Please note in your email where you found out about this job.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Scenic Artist Overhire

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the part-time position of Overhire Scenic Artist to assist in painting scenery for upcoming productions.

Requirements
Qualified candidates must be detail oriented, have experience with scenic art, be familiar with a broad range of tools and spray equipment, and be available to work 8am-5pm M-F.

These positions are available immediately and applications will be accepted and considered on a rolling basis.

Compensation
Compensation will be on an hourly basis and is commensurate with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry in the Chicago Area.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We are interested in receiving candidates from a broad spectrum of people, including women and minorities.

How To Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send a resume and references to:
Email: jobs@steppenwolf.org
Please list “Scenic Artist Ovehire” in the subject line of your email.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE