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Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Properties Artisan. The Props Artisan works as part of the properties team providing rehearsal and show props, loading shows in and out of the theatre, working within a budget, reporting expenses, archiving shows, maintaining a safe and clean work environment, and keeping prop storage areas tidy and organized. Responsibilities: • This position requires the physical ability to work on a computer and on one’s feet for long periods of time, to occasionally work on ladders and lifts, to lift furniture, boxes, and other items weighing over 25 pounds, and a willingness to work more than 40 hours per week when necessary. • Tasks include researching, searching the internet, sewing, upholstery, dressing sets, painting, shopping, light carpentry, digitally creating or modifying paper props, using several different types of materials and techniques for crafting or adapting props, and supervising other props team members. • This is a scene shop-based position but regularly works in other Steppenwolf locations such as the rehearsal hall, theatre, and at various vendors all across Chicagoland. Candidates must have a current, valid driver's license, clean driving record, their own car, and the ability to drive company vans. • Additional duties as assigned The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications: • Experience in light carpentry, sewing, upholstery and painting • Proficiency in Photoshop and Microsoft Office • An understanding of historical periods and styles • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks • Excellent verbal and written communication skills • Strong organizational and time management skills • Ability to work independently and multi- task • Steppenwolf gives preference to candidates who have demonstrable experience advocating for equity, diversity and inclusion Three years of professional working experience in props is preferred. Candidates with equivalent experience and expertise will be considered. This position will start on or about April 22, 2019. This position reports to the Properties Master. About Steppenwolf For over 40 years, Steppenwolf Theatre Company has been a cultural leader in Chicago and model for theatre companies in the United States and around the world. Formed by a collective of actors in 1976, the ensemble has grown to 53 members who represent a remarkable cross-section of actors, directors and playwrights. Thrilling and powerful productions from Balm in Gilead to August: Osage County—and accolades that include the National Medal of Arts and 12 Tony Awards— have made the theater legendary. Steppenwolf produces hundreds of performances and events annually in its three spaces: the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat 1700 Theatre. Artistic programming includes a seven-play season; a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season; Visiting Company engagements; and LookOut, a multigenre performances series. Education initiatives include the nationally recognized work of Steppenwolf for Young Adults, which engages 15,000 participants annually from Chicago’s diverse communities; the esteemed School at Steppenwolf; and Professional Leadership Programs. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, London, Sydney, Galway and Dublin. Steppenwolf is led by Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro and Executive Director David Schmitz. Compensation: Salary range: $33,000 - $35,000. Compensation is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry. Excellent benefit package offered, including medical, dental, vision insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, vacation pay, paid sick leave, personal days, and 401(k) retirement program with company match. How to apply: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references by following this link by April 8, 2019. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Steppenwolf complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Steppenwolf Theatre Company is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theatre field are strongly encouraged to apply. For additional information about Steppenwolf, please visit,, and
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Steppenwolf Theatre
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago