COVID Safety Manager

  • Full Time
  • Chicago

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COVID Safety Manager

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.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full-time, hourly temporary position of COVID Safety Manager for shows in their upcoming 2022-2023 Season.  The COVID Safety Manager works a flexible schedule in coordination with each production and is responsible for enforcing Steppenwolf’s COVID Safety Protocols, training staff, and monitoring compliance for a show company working onsite. The COVID Safety Manager is the main point person for all COVID related communication between show company members and Steppenwolf.

Areas of Responsibility:

·       Communicate Steppenwolf’s COVID Safety plan for the production to the full company of the show, including but not limited to actors, stage managers, understudies, designers, production and artistic staff, before first rehearsal.

·       Help coordinate, schedule, and administer rapid COVID tests for the show company as necessary.

·       Conduct symptom screenings for all staff before entering the rehearsal room – organize and submit answers to Steppenwolf’s HR Department.

·       Act as point person for the show company for COVID concerns.

·       Monitor in person work to ensure COVID protocols and the safety plan are being adhered to including, but not limited to, proper mask wearing, social distancing, capacity limits, etc.

·       Set up, organize, and maintain PPE and sanitation supplies for the rehearsal room and theater.

·       Wipe down high touch points in the rehearsal and/or performance area at least once per day.

·       In case of potential exposure, assist HR and Production with contact tracing and show company communication.

·       Work with Stage Management, Stage Ops, and Props teams to ensure proper sanitation of props and set between use.

·       Duties may be updated in accordance with changing city, state, and union guidelines.

·       Other duties as needed.

COVID Safety Manager will be required to take a COVID Compliance Safety Course before beginning work, as arranged by Steppenwolf.

Successful candidates will have:

·       Experience or familiarity working in theater, performing arts, events management, or similar field.

·       Excellent communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to interact with a diverse range of collaborators.

·       Ability to use discretion regarding personal information and potentially private medical information.

·       Strong organizational and time management skills.

·       Basic computer skills (including familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Dropbox).

This position reports to the Director of Special Projects and works closely with the Assistant Production Manager.

Production Dates & Details:

Subscription Shows:

All subscription shows rehearse on a Tuesday-Sunday schedule, with Mondays off. Once the show opens, there are a maximum of 7 performances per week (mostly evening with some afternoon matinees), with a maximum of 2 days of understudy rehearsal per week in the afternoon. Exact calendar and schedule to be determined by Stage Management. All shows have the potential to extend beyond the listed closing date.

You are not expected to be on site at all times for all shows and rehearsals.  Your schedule will be flexible to allow for toggling between rehearsing shows and running shows.  Weekly hours are expected to be 36-40 hours.

The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington

Pre-production begins: July 26, 2022

First Rehearsal: August 2

Tech Begins: August 27

Opens: September 11

Closing: October 9, 2022

Bald Sisters

Pre-production begins: October 18, 2022

First Rehearsal: October 25

Tech Begins: November 26

Opens: December 11

Closing: January 15, 2023

Describe the Night

Pre-production begins: January 24, 2023

First Rehearsal: January 31

Tech Begins: February 25

Opens: March 12

Closing: April 9, 2023

Last Night and the Night Before

Pre-production begins: February 28, 2023

First Rehearsal: March 7

Tech Begins: April 1

Opens: April 16

Closing: May 14, 2023

Another Marriage

Pre-production begins: May 9, 2023

First Rehearsal: May 16

Tech Begins: June 10

Opens: June 25

Closing: July 23, 2023

No Man’s Land

Pre-production begins: May 9, 2023

First Rehearsal: May 16

Tech Begins: June 10

Opens: June 25

Closing: July 23, 2023

Steppenwolf for Young Adults:

The Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) show rehearses and performs Monday-Saturday, with Sundays off. Performance weeks include a mix of morning student matinees Monday-Friday, Friday evening, and Saturday afternoon & evening performances, with a maximum of 2 days of understudy rehearsal per week in the afternoon. Exact calendar and scheduled to be determined by Stage Management.


Pre-production begins: August 29, 2022

First Rehearsal: September 6

Tech Begins: September 29

Opens: October 8

Closing: October 29, 2022

Potential Tour: week of October 31, 2022

Chlorine Sky

Pre-production begins: January 9, 2023

First Rehearsal: January 17

Tech Begins: February 9

Opens: February 18

Closing: March 11, 2023

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 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. Audrey Francis and Glenn Davis are the Artistic Directors and E. Brooke Flanagan is the Executive Director.

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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


Salary $22.00 an hour non-exempt. Hours range on average from 35-50 hours a week, depending on the phase of the production process. The work schedule for this position varies across each production process with a mix of daytime and evening hours on weekdays and weekends, as well as potential overtime required during the rehearsal and tech phase. 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.


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 by following the link below.

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Pay Rate/Range*: $22.00