House Carpenters

  • 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.

House Carpenter

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full-time seasonal (46 weeks) position of House Carpenter.  The House Carpenter works as part of the Stage Operations team and is responsible for running productions, collaborating with staff on the load-in and load-out of theatrical scenery, maintaining props/scenery, and maintaining a safe work environment. As this position runs shows, the schedule varies, and often include evening and weekend hours. This position reports to the Stage Operations Supervisor.

Areas of Responsibility:

·       Running and maintaining the backstage areas.

·       Maintaining and repairing set and prop elements as needed.

·       Participating in the load-in and strike of productions.

·       Maintaining a safe and tidy work and stage environment.

Successful candidates will:

·       Experience running productions and operating automated scenery.

·       Working knowledge of power tools and hand tools.

·       Basic skills in theatrical carpentry, automation, rigging, and sewing.

·       Strong organizational and time management skills.

·       Ability to work independently and multitask.

·       Knowledge of safe practices relevant to hazardous waste and MSDS.

·       Ability to frequently lift and carry objects weighing 50+ lbs.

Desired Qualifications:

·       Two years of run crew experience is preferred.

Candidates with equivalent experience and expertise will be considered. This position will start on or about August 22, 2022.

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


This is a Full Time Seasonal Position with a salary range of $759-$826 per week, 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:

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit a resume and three references by following this link


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Pay Rate/Range*: $759.00-826.00 weekly