Job Openings

Thank you for visiting the work with us section of our site. Current openings are listed below. 

  • Audience Experience
  • Associate Properties Director
  • Draper
  • DCM Phone Representative

About Steppenwolf:

For over 40 years, Steppenwolf Theatre Company has been a cultural leader in Chicago and model for theatre companies in the United States and around the world. Formed by a collective of actors in 1976, the ensemble represents a remarkable cross-section of actors, directors, stage managers and playwrights. Steppenwolf’s artistic ambitions are made possible by its incredible workforce of individuals, who help create a culture of inclusivity, collaboration and accountability. To that end, we attempt to use an anti-oppressive and anti-racist lens in our roles and everyday decision-making. Join us in this ongoing process, as we navigate, together, our complex world.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Steppenwolf complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

We strongly encourage applications from people of color and members of underrepresented groups.

Audience Experience

On an ongoing basis, Audience Experience at Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the part-time position of Assistant House Manager.

STEPPENWOLF AUDIENCE EXPERIENCE

Steppenwolf Audience Experience is dedicated to helping everyone coming through our doors feel safe, relaxed and invited. Through presenting an intentional and sincere level of service and hospitality, these positions participate in a team that is committed to cultivating a comfortable and respectful environment that upholds the dignity and experience of our audience, colleagues and guests.

Successful candidates will demonstrate…

Prior experience working in a high-volume customer service setting, preferably in the position you’re applying for

Ease in proactively and positively engaging with a spectrum of guests and staff in an intense, fast-paced environment

Fast, efficient service techniques in peak service times

A relaxed appearance and tone when interacting with guests and colleagues, which includes maintaining an unhurried pace and level modulation of voice and volume

Effective, improvisational problem solving in ever-changing situations

Strong time-management skills and the ability to work 15-25 hours a week

Consistent availability on evenings and weekends, as well as during holiday seasons

COMPETENCIES

Successful candidates will…

Commit to an equitable work environment, which includes use of gender inclusive language; support for individual gender expression, racial equity and inter-generational collaboration; accessibility for people with disabilities; and cultural sensitivity.

Demonstrate compassion, which includes genuinely caring about colleagues and guests alike; showing sympathy for the plights of others; exhibiting empathy for the experience of everyone in the room.

Maintain personal composure, which includes demonstrating maturity; remaining cool under pressure; not becoming defensive or irritated when presented with challenging or unexpected situations; handling stress without showing frustration; serving as a settling influence in a tense situations.

Comfortably and effectively cope with change and ambiguity, which includes effectively transitioning between tasks and timelines; identifying priorities and making good decisions with a minimum of information; staying relaxed when things are uncertain; confidently managing risk and uncertainty.

Exhibit interpersonal savvy, which includes relating comfortably to a variety of personalities; cultivating and maintaining positive relationships; employing diplomacy and tact; defusing high-tension situations; seeking the positive in all situations.

HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT

Assistant House Managers 

Hours of employment are structured in consideration of performances, which are presented Tuesday through Sunday evenings, with matinees on Saturdays, Sundays and select Wednesdays. Extra shift availability is also occasionally available to support special events and extra programming on Monday evenings, weekdays, and weekend mornings.

COMPENSATION

Compensation is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry.  Excellent benefit package offered for part-time employees, including dental and vision insurance, paid sick time, employee assistance program, Ventra Pre-tax Program and a 401(K) matching retirement program.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references by following this link.

NO PHONE CALLS OR EMAILS PLEASE

Associate Properties Director

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Associate Properties Director.

This position collaborates with the Properties Director and additional Associate Properties Director and works as part of the properties team providing rehearsal and show props, loading shows in and out of the theatre, attending technical rehearsals, working within a budget, reporting expenses, archiving shows, maintaining a safe and clean work environment, and keeping prop storage areas tidy and organized.  The position requires a wide variety of skills including carpentry, sewing, upholstery, painting, and strong computer skills. 

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills/traits:

  • 5 years of professional experience working in props and an understanding of historical periods and style
  • Strong time management and organization
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Knowledge of safety equipment and standards in a props shop
  • Ability to work with a variety of artists in high pressure situations
  • Willingness to remain flexible in an environment of ever-changing priorities
  • Some supervisory experience
  • Proficiency in Photoshop and Microsoft Office (required) 
  • Sewing, upholstery, painting, light carpentry, crafts, set dressing
  • The physical ability to work on a computer and on one’s feet for long hours, to work on ladders and lifts occasionally, to lift furniture, boxes, and other items weighing over 25 pounds.
  • Willingness to work more than 40 hours per week when necessary.

Responsibilities:

  • Act as a liaison between Steppenwolf and vendors, guest artists, prop renters and between the Props Department and other departments in the theatre.
  • Be the point person for the Props Department on half of the shows each season, while the other Associate Properties Director is the point person for the other half of the shows. This means working with the Properties Director to determine priorities each day to support all the shows, supervise other team members to accomplish those tasks, and help train apprentices and interns. 
  • Research, shop online and in person, email frequently, track departmental spending, digitally create or modify paper props, use several different types of materials and techniques for crafting or adapting props
  • Coordinate all properties rentals to other companies with the Properties Director 
  • Must have a current, valid driver's license, clean driving record, their own car, and the ability to drive company vans. This is a scene shop based position but regularly works in other Steppenwolf locations such as the rehearsal hall, theatre, and at various vendors all across Chicagoland. 

Compensation:

This is a non-exempt position. Salary Range is $40,000-$42,000 with excellent benefit package for full time employees, including medical, dental, vision insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, vacation pay, paid sick time, personal days, Ventra transit benefit program, employee assistance program, comp tickets, and 401(k) matching retirement program.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references by following this link by November 15, 2019.   This position has an estimated start date of on or about December 1, 2019.

NO PHONE CALLS OR EMAILS PLEASE

Draper

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Draper. 

The Draper works with the Costume Director, Workroom Supervisor, and costume shop team to create, fit and alter costumes for both Steppenwolf Theatre and a wide variety of performing arts organizations. This position requires skills across the spectrum of live performance, including dance, opera, musical theatre and new work as well as the ability to lead a team and ensure a safe, efficient and inclusive work environment.

This position reports to the Costume Director.

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills/traits:

  • Proven skill in pattern making within a professional costume shop
  • Experience in multiple performance genres, including opera, dance, new works and musical theatre
  • Knowledge of costume history and textiles
  • Strong time management and organization
  • Excellent problem-solving and collaboration skills
  • Experience and skill with a variety of domestic and industrial machines and other clothing manufacturing equipment
  • Willingness to remain flexible in an environment of ever-changing priorities
  • Ability to work with a variety of artists in high pressure situations
  • Inclusive behavior and the ability to communicate about body types, hair types, skin tones and genders with neutral/positive language
  • Steppenwolf gives preference to candidates who have demonstrable experience advocating for equity, diversity and inclusion

Responsibilities:

  • Create patterns for a wide variety of costume pieces based on research and renderings provided by the Costume Designer
  • Attends fittings of constructed and costumes to be altered
  • Supervise first hand and stitchers on the quality construction and alteration of costume pieces
  • Executing all assigned projects by delivery dates, in coordination with the Costume Director and Workroom Supervisor
  • Cut, stitch, and alter costumes as needed
  • Take measurements of performers
  • Assist in maintaining costume stock and supply storage
  • Maintain a safe, healthy and clean work environment

Compensation:

Salary range: $40,000 - $45,000 (non-exempt) with excellent benefit package for full time employees, including medical, dental, vision insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, vacation pay, paid sick time, personal days, Ventra transit benefit program, employee assistance program and 401(k) matching retirement program.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references by following this link by December 7, 2019.  

NO PHONE CALLS OR EMAILS PLEASE.

 

DCM Phone Representative

FUNDRAISE for Steppenwolf Theatre Company- Believe in What You Do!

DCM (Steppenwolf’s on-site partner in outbound sales operations) is looking for a few outstanding phone reps to call theater patrons for Steppenwolf’s Annual Fund Campaign.


This is an immediate part-time position, 20-24 hours a week.
Evening shifts as well as Friday and Saturday mid-days. Some Sunday shifts will be available
Fun, Creative, Exciting atmosphere
Ideal second (or between college classes) job 
Perfect supplemental income for reliable recent retirees who can put in the hours and were thinking of Volunteering for the Arts!

Perks include free tickets

If you are a Great Communicator, Motivated and Dependable and have Passion for Theater, please call (312) 932-2484 and leave a voice message. Please be sure to leave your Name, PHONE NUMBER and why you are the best candidate for the position. YOUR PHONE MESSAGE IS YOUR FIRST INTERVIEW!
No emails or texts, Please.

 

To learn more about DCM, please visit their website: http://www.dcmtm.com/index.html