Steppenwolf is always interested in meeting new, early career directors who are interested in assistant directing opportunities. Steppenwolf hires assistant directors for all Membership Series productions and Steppenwolf for Young Adults productions on a rolling basis. As such, some productions might already be staffed.

The application form for the 2023-24 season is currently open.

Directors at Steppenwolf work with Assistant Directors in a wide variety of ways, dependent on the demands of specific productions, a director’s practice and the organic relationships that develop in process. Generally, an assistant’s work begins with first rehearsal, they are present full time in rehearsal and tech, and attend most previews prior to opening night. Following opening, Assistant Directors are often invited to participate in understudy rehearsals and various other events, which are compensated separately. The weekly rate for assistant directors in the 2023-24 season is $640.

To be considered, please complete the form below, which will ask about your interest and request that you submit a resume and an optional letter of interest.


The key production dates for the 2023-24 season are below:

POTUS – Downstairs Theatre
By Selina Fillinger
Directed by Audrey Francis
First Rehearsal – Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Tech Begins – Saturday, October 21, 2023
Opening – Sunday, November 5, 2023

a home what howls – SYA Ensemble Theatre
By Matthew Paul Olmos
Directed by Laura Alcalá Baker
First Rehearsal – Monday, January 8, 2024
Tech Begins – Thursday, February 1, 2024
Opening – Saturday, February 10, 2024

Purpose – Downstairs Theatre
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
First Rehearsal – Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Tech Begins – Saturday, March 9, 2024
Opening – Sunday, March 24, 2024

The Thanksgiving Play – Ensemble Theatre
By Larissa FastHorse
First Rehearsal – Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Tech Begins – Saturday, April 20, 2024
Opening – Sunday, May 5, 2024

A New Play – Downstairs Theatre
By Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by Joe Mantello
First Rehearsal – Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Tech Begins – Saturday, June 8, 2024
Opening – Sunday, June 23, 2024

Contact Us

Questions about assistant directing opportunities can be sent to Steppenwolf’s Creative Producer Patrick Zakem at