Artistic and Literary Office Coordinator | Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the part-time (28 hours/week) position of Artistic and Literary Office Coordinator. This position will report to the Director of New Play Development and will assist the artistic staff, including the Artistic Producers, Casting Director, and Director of New Play Development.

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 51 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 multi-genre 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. Anna D. Shapiro is the Artistic Director and David Schmitz is the Executive Director.

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This position is hourly and will range from $13-15/hr commensurate with qualification and experience. Excellent benefit package offered for part time employees, including dental and vision insurance, employee assistance program and a 401(k) matching retirement program.

Skills & Qualifications: 

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven organizational skills and fine attention to detail
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point, and Google Calendar
  • Steppenwolf gives preference to candidates who have demonstrable experience advocating for equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Ability and commitment to working with diverse groups in terms of gender expression, race, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class, and immigrant status
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects with various priorities and deadlines
  • General knowledge of theatre practices and procedures, and an interest in new work

Responsibilities include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Submit and track departmental expenditures, purchase orders, credit cards, accounts, and process artistic office payments
  • Manage the new play database and script cycle
  • Schedule the post show discussion facilitators
  • Coordinate, schedule, and attend weekly artistic office meetings
  • Collect, manage, and distribute bios and headshots for programs, website and marketing needs
  • Administrative support for School at Steppenwolf applications, auditions, and tuition payments
  • Manage the Steppenwolf Script Library, Archive, and the monthly staff reading group, The Pack
  • Additional artistic, literary, and casting administrative tasks as determined by supervisor
To Apply: 

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, one-page writing sample (e.g. a play report, review, or similar), and three references by following this link by November 4, 2018.


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.

We strongly encourage applications from people of color and members of underrepresented groups.

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