Scenic Carpentry apprentices/interns fabricate, install, and strike scenery. Apprentices/interns will be introduced to the following: safe operation of power tools; ability to read draftings; fabrication of wood and metal scenic elements; rigging; sewing; and welding. Apprentices/interns will assist with the show build; load-ins and load-outs and learn the safe operation of a counterweight fly house. Valid drivers license desirable. This is a scene shop-based position (Scene Shop is located in West Humboldt Park). 

Dates & Hours

Internship: June 3, 2019 – August 30, 2019, unpaid

Apprenticeship: 
September 3, 2019 – May 29, 2020, pays minimum wage 

40 hours/week – Additional hours on show-by-show basis

Position is Supervised By

Technical Director

Who Should Apply For This Position

Applicants interested in learning about the day-to-day functions of a professional theatre's scene shop should apply. This position is not catered for design students. Rather it is for those interested in the field of carpentry as it pertains to technical theatre.

Alumni For This Position Include

  • Patrick McGovern – Assistant Technical Director - University of Maryland at Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD
  • Jon Woelfer – Technical Director, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Chicago, IL 
  • Lydia Strini – Draftsperson, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, IL
  • Storm Hooten – Assistant Stage Carpenter, Blue Man Group, Chicago, IL
  • Alexi Siegel – Scenic Carpenter, Glimmerglass Festival, Otsego, NY

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).