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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 inclusion, 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 Hawkanson, Executive Director.

Part-Time Audience Services Associate

Job Description:
Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the part-time position (15–20 hours/week) of Audience Services Associate. Night and weekend availability is a must for any candidate. Previous customer service experience, computer proficiency, and general office skills are required. Ticketing and/or Tessitura experience a plus. This position reports to the Audience Services Manager.

The successful candidate will:

  • enjoy proactively, positively and calmly interacting with a variety of personalities in a busy, fast-paced environment
  • be punctual and ready to work for each shift
  • be able to consistently work 15–20 hours a week
  • have availability evenings and weekends
  • have a positive, respectful, and caring attitude

This position reports to the Audience Services Manager.

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 limited dental and disability plan, as well as 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 March 1 to:

Billie Bryant, Audience Services Manager
Email:jobs@steppenwolf.org

Please list Audience Services 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

Costume Shop Assistant

Job Description:
Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Costume Shop Assistant. The Costume Shop Assistant is responsible for providing administrative assistance to the Costume Director and Assistant Costume Designer as well as stitching, painting, and distressing of costumes. This position is responsible for maintaining costumes stock inventory and managing the costume crafts workroom and dye facilities, supplies, and equipment in order to provide a well-stocked, efficient, and safe working environment. In collaboration with the Assistant Costume Designer, the Costume Shop Assistant plays a key role in supplying and recording rehearsal and understudy costumes.

The ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications:

  • At least two years of experience in a professional costume shop
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds to handle the costume stock
  • Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers, diverse personalities, and the general public
  • Computer skills, specifically with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks
  • Knowledge of theater and basic costume history
  • Knowledge of costume construction and distressing techniques

At least two years of professional working experience in a professional costume shop is strongly preferred. Candidates with equivalent experience and expertise will be considered.

This position will begin in March and reports directly to the Costume Director.

How to apply:

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references by March 20th to:

Caryn Klein, Costume Shop Director
Email:jobs@steppenwolf.org

Please list Costume Assistant 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

Audience Outreach Associate

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the part time position (16–24 hours a week) of Audience Outreach Associate. Audience Outreach Associates solicit donations and subscriptions by educating audience members about our programing and fiscal needs.

Requirements:

We are looking for knowledgeable theatre enthusiasts with phone sales experience who are comfortable soliciting donations and subscriptions from our patrons. Night and weekend availability is a must for any candidate. Previous Box Office experience or familiarity with Tessitura or Salesforce CRM is a plus.

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 limited dental plan, as well as vision insurance, a pre-tax Ventra 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 minorities.

How to Apply:

Interested and qualified candidates should email a cover letter and resume by February 20th to:

Tiffany Wilson, Audience Outreach Manager
Email: jobs@steppenwolf.org

Please list Audience Outreach Associate and your last name in the subject line of your e-mail.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Part-time Facilities Staff

An ideal candidate should have basic knowledge in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and drywall/painting. Early morning hours and weekend availability, specifically Sundays, is required. This position is supervised by the Facilities Manager.

Responsibilities:

  • Working closely with the facilities staff on daily maintenance needs around the theater
  • First responder to maintenance problems around the theater such as fire alarms, flooding, or other emergencies
  • Setting up and tearing down onsite events
  • Seasonal grounds work and snow removal
  • Additional duties as required

Qualifications:

  • Experience maintaining varied facilities and buildings
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including Outlook, Word and Excel
  • The ability to be a team player, building relationships between people and departments
  • Good attention to detail and organizational ability
  • The ability to field multiple requests and juggle several projects
  • Effective communication with supervisor on the status of projects
  • Capable of working independently on maintenance projects as assigned by supervisors

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 limited dental and disability plan, as well as 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 minorities.

How to apply:

Interested and qualified candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Peter Van Kempen
Facilities Manager
Email: jobs@steppenwolf.org

Please list Part-time Facilities Position 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.

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 inclusion, 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 Hawkanson, Executive Director.

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