The Literary Internship is ideal for someone who is passionate about the arts, inspired by new work, and is interested in observing and participating in the day-to-day of an artistic team.  The intern can explore the artistic side of the industry, which includes dramaturgical research and blogs, script coverage, and attending artistic meetings. The intern can also learn more about the administrative side of things by logging script submissions, script copying, and editing and compiling articles. The Literary Intern will work side by side with not only the Literary Team, but also alongside the Artistic Directors and their Executive Assistant, the LookOut Producing Team, and Casting Director. At the beginning of their internship, the Literary Intern will meet with their supervisors to discuss their goals and collaborate in cultivating the experience that best suits them. Ideally, that experience incorporates both the artistic and administrative aspects of the work and both the Intern and Supervisor are able to articulate what success looks like for each of them.

The Literary Internship is a great opportunity for a candidate who is interested in the administrative side of a theater and has a desire to learn about the daily responsibilities of an Artistic Department. 


Dates & Hours

May 30 - August 4, 2023
28 hours/week


Position is Supervised By

Literary and Casting Associate

Who Should Apply For This Position

Applicants interested in learning about the day-to-day functions of a Literary Office in a large institution should apply. Applicants should be eager to learn more about the new play development process and the administrative lift it takes to develop a play.

Alumni For This Position Include

  • Jenni Page-White, Literary Manager, Actors Theater of Lousiville
  • Marti Lyons, Freelance Director, Chicago, IL
  • Kelly Kerwin, Line Producer, The Public Theatre, NYC, NY
  • Whitney Dibo, Director of Creative Development and Acquisitions, The Weinstein Company

Application Requirements

All applicants must submit one single PDF containing the following documents, in the following order to the General Application. Unsure how to create a Single PDF? No worries! Feel free to visit this website to build your document.

1) Written response to the following questions:

  • What interests you most about this learning opportunity at Steppenwolf Theatre Company?

  • Tell us about your current work and career interests, and how do you imagine an internship helping you achieve your goals?

  • What do you hope that Steppenwolf can learn from YOU in the time you are apart of the internship program? 

  • Just if applying for the Literary Internship: Please tell us about a favorite piece of media. Why does it inspire you?

2) Resume or breakdown of experience (see example here)

3) Two Letters of Recommendation (Please have your references use this link to submit)

Your PDF file size should not exceed 4MB.  Please name your PDF with lastname_firstname.pdf (e.g. lavey_martha.pdf).

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