Steppenwolf offers both a nine-month apprenticeship and a summer internship for individuals interested in pursuing a career in production management. Apprentices and Interns work directly with Steppenwolf’s Director of Production, Assistant Production Managers, and Company Manager.

The program offers the opportunity to engage with designers and artists while working alongside the Steppenwolf production staff on a variety of projects including the subscription series shows, Steppenwolf for Young Adults programming, assorted visiting companies, and one-night events.

Apprentices/Interns will also be exposed to technical rehearsals, budgeting & financial reporting, contract administration, booking travel arrangements & accommodations for visiting artists, Tessitura ticketing, and maintaining production calendars & schedules for rehearsal spaces. The Apprentice/Intern is an integral part of the production and company management team and assists with various duties as needed for each production.

Individuals will be exposed to both season-long planning projects and the detailed day-to-day operation of a production department, with the opportunity to delve deeper into an aspect of production or company management of their choice through an independent project.

Dates & Hours

Internship: June 1, 2020 – August 28, 2020, unpaid
Apprenticeship: August 31, 2020 – May 28, 2021, pays minimum wage

28 hours/wk

Position is Supervised By

Assistant Production Manager

Who Should Apply For This Position

Applicants interested in learning about the day-to-day functions of a professional theatre production department should apply.

Alumni For This Position Include

  • Laura Ashlock, Production Manager, Michigan State University, East Lansing MI

  • Estrellita Edwell, Artistic Programs Coordinator, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington D.C.

  • Geno Franco, Assistant Production Manager, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Eugene OR

  • Julian Gonzalez, Payroll and HR Manager, Broadway In Chicago, Chicago IL

  • Anthony Harden, Assistant Company Manager, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Eugene OR

  • Claire Haupt, Assistant Production Manager, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago IL

  • Jennifer McClendon, Production Manager, Lifeline Theatre, Chicago, IL

  • Valerie Tu, Associate Production Manager, Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, Evanston IL

  • Jeremy Wilson, Production Manager, The House Theatre of Chicago, Chicago, IL

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).