Assistant Scenic Charge Artist

  • Full Time
  • Chicago

Website steppenwolfthtr Steppenwolf Theatre Company


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 represents a remarkable cross-section of actors, directors, stage managers and playwrights. Steppenwolf’s artistic ambitions are made possible by its incredible workforce of individuals, who help create a culture of inclusivity, collaboration, and accountability. To that end, we attempt to use an anti-oppressive and anti-racist lens in our roles and everyday decision-making. Join us in this ongoing process, as we navigate, together, our complex world.

The main role of the Assistant Scenic Charge Artist is to realize the set designer’s vision for each production using paint and texture effects, under the direction of the Scenic Charge. In addition to executing scenic painting duties, this position also involves assisting in leading the paint team, coordinating with other departments, and potentially taking on the responsibilities of the Scenic Charge when necessary.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and abilities:

  • Utilize a variety of artistic techniques and tools to create unique treatments for each project
  • Communicate clearly and thoughtfully
  • Adapt to the working styles of different artists and collaborators
  • Operate and maintain commercial spray equipment (Airless & Pneumatic)
  • Work at heights up to 30’ using lifts, ladders, and scaffolding
  • Manage time effectively in a dynamic environment
  • Collaborate on developing solutions, innovations, and improvements
  • Lift and carry up to 50 pounds


  • Assist the Scenic Charge with project planning and administrative tasks
  • Develop new techniques and engage in discussions with designers
  • Participate in backpainting and surface preparation for scenic treatments
  • Research, source and purchase materials
  • Apply paint, texture, and carving techniques according to the design
  • Handle solo projects such as portraits and specialty faux finishes as needed
  • Lead other artists in executing treatments according to plan
  • Take initiative in maintaining tools and the workspace
  • Uphold safety standards and foster a healthy, supportive work environment


  • At least four years of professional scenic art experience is preferred. Candidates with equivalent experience and expertise will be considered.
  • Ideal candidate possesses vehicle for travel between multi-campus locations and purchasing materials.
  • State issued drivers license required.

This position reports to the Scenic Charge Artist.


Salary range: $52, 070 – $57,246 per year 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.

About Steppenwolf:

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is the nation’s premier ensemble theater. Steppenwolf produces hundreds of performances and events annually in its three spaces: the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 400-seat Ensemble Theatre and the 80-seat 1700 Theatre. Artistic programming includes a five 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. 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. Audrey Francis and Glenn Davis are the Artistic Directors and E. Brooke Flanagan is the Executive Director. For additional information, visit,, and

Steppenwolf Mission: 

Steppenwolf Theatre Company strives to create thrilling, courageous, and provocative art in a thoughtful and inclusive environment. We succeed when we disrupt your routine with experiences that spark curiosity, empathy and joy. We invite you to join our ensemble as we navigate, together, our complex world.

Steppenwolf Core Values: 

Equity + Inclusion
Integrity + Curiosity
Courage + Collaboration
Accountability + Leadership

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.

Instructions to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references through the link provided. NO PHONE CALLS OR EMAILS PLEASE

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Pay Rate/Range*: $52, 070 - $57,246 per year