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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.

Literary Manager

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Literary Manager.  The Literary Manager is a member of the artistic staff and is expected to be an active participant in the selection and execution of programming at the theater. In addition to the primary responsibilities of their specific staff position, each artistic staff member also supports the rehearsal and preview process, reads and discusses potential projects pitched by the ensemble and/or artistic staff, participates in audience engagement efforts, participates in donor relation efforts, and takes part in the administrative tasks necessary to facilitate artistic programming.

The Literary Manager’s contribution to the work of the artistic office will likely be rooted in an expertise in how text makes meaning; the ways in which a project is in conversation with theater history, the cultural context in which the work was created, and the cultural context in which the audience will receive the work. While we see expertise in script analysis as key, we are also interested in how other skills and perspectives might contribute to the artistic conversation. A successful candidate will describe how their unique experience will contribute to the overall work of the artistic office.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of theater history and dramatic literature, with an emphasis on the American cannon
  • Experience in building institutional relationships with playwrights and agents
  • Experience in script analysis
  • Strong research skills
  • Strong public speaking and discussion facilitation skills
  • Three years of professional working experience in arts administration, or the equivalent experience and expertise

This position reports to the Artistic Producer.

Responsibilities:

  • Review and evaluate plays. In this process, bring to bear a deep and through knowledge of the existing canon of dramatic literature. Keep abreast of new play development activity nationwide.

    • Maintain correspondence with agents and playwrights.
    • Select and supervise readers.
    • Obtain and disseminate scripts of interest.
    • Foster relationships with colleagues nationwide.
  • As needed, serve as dramaturg on productions of extant plays, and in new play development workshops.
  • Oversee creation of actor packets and related research. Respond to research requests from the rehearsal room. In consultation with Artistic Producers, select and supervise Research Associates.
  • Maintain script evaluation database.
  • Hire and supervise Literary Apprentices and Interns.
  • As needed, create and/or facilitate the creation of content for programs, lobby displays, and other audience engagement material and activities.
  • As needed, offer scheduling and communication support to Artistic Producers.
  • Work with SYA Artistic Director and Audience Engagement Creative Producer to train post-show moderators, schedule post-show discussions and manage post-show moderator team.
  • Other support duties as assigned.

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 carefully adhere to the following instructions for application.  Candidates should send the following materials by September 18th to:

Aaron Carter
Email: jobs@steppenwolf.org

  • A cover letter and resume outlining all relevant work experience
  • A play report written on any new play of the candidate’s choosing
  • A list of three references
  • Please include Literary Manager and your last name in the subject line of your email

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

PART-TIME AUDIENCE SERVICES ASSOCIATE

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 is 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 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.

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How to apply:
Interested and qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume by 5pm on Thursday, September 10th  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

Part-time Audience Outreach Associate

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the part-time position (16-26 hours a week) of Audience Outreach Associate. Audience Outreach Associates solicit donations and subscriptions by educating audience members about our programming 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. Availability during the hours of 5pm and 9pm on weekdays is a must for any candidate. Previous Box Office experience or familiarity with Tessitura or Salesforce CRM is a plus.

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 and resumeby Monday, September 21st to:
Tiffany Wilson, Audience Outreach Manager
Email: jobs@steppenwolf.org

Please list Audience Outreach 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 Overhire” in the subject line of your email.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Overhire Props Artisan

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the part-time position of Overhire Props Artisan to assist in constructing and acquiring props for upcoming productions.

Requirements
Qualified candidates must be detail oriented, have experience with props, be familiar with a broad range of tools and techniques, 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 people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

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

Applications will be accepted and considered on a rolling basis.

Please list Props Artisan Overhire 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.