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Literary and Casting Associate

Literary and Casting Associate

The Literary & Casting Associate is a new full-time position on the core artistic team that will provide strong support for the operational and administrative endeavors of the artistic department. This person will work closely on artistic and administrative needs with the Director of New Play Development and provide key assistance to the Casting Director.

Areas of Responsibility:

Literary Management

  • Administrative management of script submissions, the play database, and script cycle.
  • Attend Artistic Office Meetings to participate in conversations around season planning, artistic vision, and overall programming strategy.
  • Read scripts to help find plays of interest for the mainstage and Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) programming needs.
  • Write play evaluations and meet regularly with the Director of New Play Development to discuss and strategize on new work.
  • Research new writers from whom we may solicit scripts.
  • Manage the reading process for the SCOUT new play development initiative and SYA submissions.
  • Research and create dramaturgical websites for productions as needed/requested by artistic teams; respond to research requests that come from rehearsal rooms.
  • Manage the Steppenwolf Script Library.


  • Administrative management of actor submissions and the headshot database
  • Assist in scheduling, coordinating, and attending actor auditions.
  • Research Chicago-local actors by attending storefront theatre productions.


  • Draft submission response letters for agents, playwrights, and actors.
  • Attend online and in-person readings and productions as a member of the Artistic Staff.
  • Collect, manage, and distribute bios and headshots for programs, website, and marketing needs.
  • Additional literary and casting administrative tasks as determined by supervisors.

Successful candidates will be:

  • Highly motivated self-starters.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Collaborative team members.
  • Adaptable, Thoughtful, and Discreet.

Desired Qualifications:

  • General knowledge of theatre practices and procedures.
  • Candidates with prior experience working in an artistic and/or literary office will be prioritized for consideration.
  • Familiar with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point, and Google Calendar
  • Strong knowledge of contemporary writers and keen interest in new work.
  • Effective written and oral communicator with a confident, diplomatic, and trustworthy demeanor.
  • Excellent time management, deadline management, and multi-tasking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment in working with diverse groups in terms of gender expression, race, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class, and immigration status.


Salary range: $42,000-$47,000 with excellent benefit package for full time employees, including medical, dental, vision insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, vacation pay, paid sick time, personal days, Ventra transit benefit program, employee assistance program and 401(k) matching retirement program.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references by following this link by 10/21

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago