Multicultural Fellowship

Empowering New Leaders in Theater Management

The Multicultural Fellowship is a professional development program for early career persons of color interested in working in arts administration. Multicultural Fellows should be individuals seeking leadership responsibilities in addition to their departmental duties as required by the apprenticeship. Fellows should have an interest in participating in Steppenwolf’s ongoing dialogue about issues of diversity and equity. Through hands-on experience, independent and collective learning projects, mentorship, and career-guidance, Fellows are given the tools to become insightful new voices in the leadership of the arts.

Fellows participate in the Apprenticeship program as well as the Fellowship. The Fellowship is available in the following departments: Artistic, Casting, Development/Fundraising, Video Production, Education/Steppenwolf for Young Adults, Marketing, Literary, Production Management, Publicity, Theater Management.

Important Dates

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Please read this information carefully:

  • The 2016/17 Multicultural Fellowship will run concurrent with the 2016/17 Apprenticeship, from August 29, 2016 – May 26, 2017. In special circumstances, these dates can be slightly flexible depending on the needs of the candidate and hiring department.
  • All applications will go through a preliminary screening process to determine the final candidates. Final candidates will be asked to interview in April. It is strongly encouraged that candidates who do not live locally visit both Chicago and Steppenwolf when interviewing. Phone interviews are available.


To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Identify as a person of color
  • Have earned a baccalaureate, or have equivalent professional experience
  • Reside in, or be able to relocate to, Chicago
  • Have a strong desire to work in Artistic, Development/Fundraising, Literary, Production Management, Marketing, Steppenwolf for Young Adults, and/or Theatre Management, and express this interest in the application 
  • Carefully read through the instructions and submit a thoughtfully completed application


During their tenure, Fellows receive:

  • The Fellowship will include a generous monthly housing and transportation stipend for those facing financial hardship. Fellows will be paid minimum wage for 28 hours/week during 9 months (September-May).
  • Perks: Professional Development and networking opportunities, discount and free tickets to area theatres, exceptional mentor relationships at Steppenwolf and beyond, and a whole lot more!


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

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

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