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2020/2021 Apprenticeships and Fellowships

Steppenwolf Theatre’s Professional Leadership Programs offer opportunities for early-career professionals to experience the inner-workings of a professional theatre from every angle. Each of our programs includes a uniquely hands-on experience coupled with mentorship and professional development. Participants should expect:

• Formalized and comprehensive training in arts administration or production

• Focus on professional development and networking

• Connections to peers, mentors, and industry professionals

• Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion training

• Independent and collective learning projects

• Hands-on experience for future career opportunities

• Free tickets to Steppenwolf programming

• Ability to witness firsthand how a world-class theatre operates

The Apprenticeship Program (August 31, 2020 – May 28, 2021) is a professional 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.

2020-2021 Apprenticeships are available in the following departments:

• Artistic

• Costume Shop

• Development

• Education

• Electrics

• Literary

• LookOut Producing

• Marketing

• Production Management

• Properties

• Publicity

• Scenic Art

• Scenic Carpentry

• Sound

• Stage Management

• Theatre Management

• Wardrobe

Compensation: Apprentices are paid minimum wage ($13/hr as of July 1st, 2019) for 28 or 40 hours per week, depending on department. They are also eligible for Steppenwolf’s part-time dental plan, paid sick time, as well as vision insurance and a pre-tax Chicago Transit Authority card.

Deadline for all Apprenticeships is Sunday, March 8, 2020

The Fellowship Program (August 31, 2020 – May 28, 2021) is a leadership development program for early-career people of color. Fellows will hold an apprenticeship in their department of interest while being given additional paid professional development opportunities both in and out of Steppenwolf Theatre. Separate of their Apprenticeship experiences, Fellows will participate in monthly professional development seminars, bi-weekly cohort check-ins and pursue an externship connecting them with industry professionals to explore their individual learning goals. As a part of the Fellowship cohort, participants will be able to go even deeper into their practice to build a clearer sense of their leadership styles and to spring board them into the larger professional world.

Compensation: Fellows will be paid minimum wage ($13/hr as of July 1st, 2019) for 28 or 40 hours per week of Apprenticeship work, depending on department. Fellows will also receive paid hours specifically focused around professional development opportunities both in and out of Steppenwolf Theatre. Fellows will receive a modest monthly stipend to help defray their cost of living.

Deadline for the Fellowship Program is synonymous with the Apprenticeship program and will included in your Apprenticeship application.

For more information on the Professional Leadership Programs or to apply online, please visit

Job Type: Paid Internship
Location: Chicago, IL