Bridge the gap between training and a professional career

The Apprenticeship Program is a paid training program for early-career arts administrators and theatre production practitioners. Participants are given practical learning experiences and independent and collective projects, all while working as a part of a team with Steppenwolf's staff. Apprentices also participate in monthly day long seminars focused around professional development, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and career advancement. 

Application Information and Important Dates

As of now, we have Apprentices & Fellows deferred from our 2020/21 season to our 2021/22 season. Should any Apprentice & Fellows positions become available for the 2021/22 season, we will update this page early in by late April 2021 as to whether we will accept applications and for which departments.

Apprenticeships in the following departments may be available for 2021/22: 

Not what you're looking for? Go back, or check out our Summer Internships or Fellowships.


To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old by the start of the program
  • Be able to commit to a 9-month program 
  • Reside in, or be able to relocate to, Chicago
  • Have a strong desire to work in one or two of the departments offered for the Apprenticeship and express this interest in the application
  • Carefully read through the instructions and submit a thoughtfully completed application

We have not traditionally been able to make an Apprenticeship work alongside a full-time college course load. 


Pay: Minimum wage for an average of 28 or 40 hours/week, depending on the department. Minimum wage in Chicago, IL is set to be $15/hr as of July 1st, 2021.

Benefits: Eligibility for Steppenwolf's part-time dental plan, paid sick time, vision insurance and a pre-tax Chicago Transit Authority card.

Perks: Professional Development, networking opportunities, free tickets to Steppenwolf productions, and more