The sound apprenticeship is a practical overview of Audio Engineering in theatre. Apprentices assist with production load in and strike of all sound systems. Attend all necessary rehearsals and meetings as called. Run performances as needed; generally 2-3 subscription series performances per week. Assist with repair and maintenance of audio inventory. Learn basic programming of playback systems, sharpen trouble shooting skills. Develop an up to date knowledge of current audio systems and advances, as well as become proficient on existing technologies used at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Learn the designer relationships, how large theatre productions develop and the process to bring a production to the stage. Apprentices duties can include soldering, recording sessions, dubbing, sound editing, live sound engineering and support for company functions as well as running performances of subscription shows as needed.

Dates & Hours

To be announced at a later date

40 hours/week

Position is Supervised By

Audio Supervisor and the Assistant Engineer

Who Should Apply For This Position

Applicants should have interest in their development of audio engineering skills.

Alumni For This Position Include

  • Aaron Stephenson, Audio Technician, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, IL
  • Jeffery O'Brien, Guest Professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sound Designer – Holiday Fantasia, John G. Shedd Aquarium
  • T. Carlis Robertson, Associate Professor, Performance Studies- UC Berkeley; Sound Designer/Composer – BLKS, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, IL
  • Evan Duckworth, Associate Sound and Video Supervisor, Portland Center Stage at the Armory, Portland, OR
  • Jeff Dublinske, Assistant Audio Engineer, Book of Mormon tour
  • Bryan Delaney, Head of Audio, The Peace Center for the Performing Arts, Greenville, SC
  • Josh McCammon, Sound and Video Supervisor, Court Theatre, Chicago, IL
  • Michael Huey, Freelance Sound Designer and Composer, Chicago, IL


Application Requirements

  • Cover Letter Addressing the Following:
    • Why you want to work in this department at Steppenwolf
    • What skills and experiences you bring to this department
    • What you hope to learn from this internship or apprenticeship 
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

The cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation should be submitted as one PDF titled "lastname_firstname.pdf" (i.e. letts_tracy.pdf).