Professional Leadership Programs

Apprenticeship, Internship and Multicultural Fellowship


Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Professional Leadership Programs offer opportunities for students, graduates, and professionals to experience the inner-workings of a professional theatre from every angle. Each of these programs includes a uniquely hands-on experience coupled with mentorship and professional development.

Watch a video documenting the Apprentice experience.

Important Dates

Please note that the applications for the 2016 – 2017 Professional Leadership Programs will be available in December 2015.

Summer Internship
Program Dates: May 31 - August 26, 2016

9-Month Apprenticeship &  Multicultural Fellowship
Program Dates: August 29, 2016 – May 26, 2017

What to Expect

  • Formalized and comprehensive training in arts administration or production
  • Focus on professional development and networking
  • Lifelong connections to peers, mentors and artists
  • Independent and collective learning projects
  • Hands-on experience for future career opportunities
  • Discount and free tickets to area theaters
  • Ability to witness firsthand how a world-class theater operates

Find out more

Find out more about the Professional Leadership Programs (PLP) by visiting the Apprenticeship, Summer Internship or Multicultural Fellowship pages or download a PLP brochure (PDF).


Major corporate supporter of Steppenwolf’s career readiness and professional leadership program

American Express is the sponsor of the Professional Leadership Program & Multicultural Fellowship