Emerging Teaching Artist

  • Part Time
  • Chicago
  • July 3, 2024

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.

Steppenwolf Education celebrates the learner, maker and appreciator in each of us. We commit to breaking down barriers to ensure access and equity for all. We emphasize rigorous exploration, intentional mentorship and the cultivation of meaningful relationships in our work. We use theater to promote compassion, encourage curiosity and inspire action as we work together towards a more empathetic tomorrow.


The Emerging Teaching Artist position is a year-long temporary part-time position for entry level teaching artists to develop their practice, receive training, gain mentorship, and learn more about the field of Teaching Artistry while gaining hands-on experience in the field. The Emerging Teaching Artist will:

  • Assist in the facilitation of Steppenwolf residency workshops in CPS classrooms and Young Adult Council meetings onsite at Steppenwolf
  • Receive one on one mentorship with an experienced Steppenwolf Lead TA
  • Attend several professional development sessions over the course of the year to gain foundational Teaching Artistry skills.
  • Observe and participate in Steppenwolf curriculum development, training, and implementation process alongside the Steppenwolf Teaching Artist Cohort.


  • Observe, support & occasionally facilitate activities in Step Ed residency    workshops at least 3 different partner schools under the mentorship of the Lead TA at each of those schools.
  • Observe, support & occasionally facilitate activities at Young Adult Council meetings under the mentorship of the Lead TA at Steppenwolf’s Loft Education facility.


  • Attend all Step Ed TA cohort educator training and participate in other PD opportunities. Read and see all Steppenwolf shows and do another contextual prep work as assigned per residency semester, as well as scheduling and prep meetings with teaching teams.
  • Read lesson plans prepared by Lead TA before each residency workshop and Young Adult Council Meeting and arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of class/meeting time, prepared to support the facilitation of any planned activities for the day.
  • Engage in feedback conversations with Lead TA mentors to receive input on progress toward skill development goals.
  • Complete 2 workshop assessments per 4 workshop residencies and pre and post residency assessments as needed.
  • Promptly record working hours in Paycom on a weekly basis, keep track of gas mileage for reimbursement for transportation to schools, and respond to emails and surveys from the Manager of School Programs in a timely and responsible manner throughout the year.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Passionate Learning Mindset: The ideal candidate will possess a passion and enthusiasm for working with teens in the arts more broadly, and in theatre specifically. They will be invested in growing their Teaching Artistry practice and leaned-in to the process of developing their arts education skills.
  • Arts Education//Facilitation:  New to the field of Teaching Artistry, but has minimal/some experience working with young folks, students, teachers, community members, etc. in an educational setting
  • Communication/Collaboration: The ability to communicate transparently and effectively within a teaching partnership and the larger Step Ed Team. A desire to be part of a highly collaborative team that works hard, takes care of each other well, values joy & community, and always honors the humanity of both the students and the educators they work with.
  • Values Alignment: Holds a teaching philosophy that is in alignment with the core values of Steppenwolf
  • Education: Intergenerational Learning (we learn from the teens just as much as they learn from us), Rebellious Imagination (encouraging bold risk-taking over compliance), Creative Inquiry (inviting deep noticing, new patterns of thinking, and reflection in all processes), and Collaborative Art-Making (building and creating with an ensemble ethos).
  • Cultural Competency:  A commitment to principles and practices of anti-racism and anti-oppression and the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures and socio- economic backgrounds.
  • Additionally, a desire to continue to expand tools for trauma-informed practices in the classroom.



  • Several initial meetings in early August
  • Thursday & Friday, August 22nd & 23rd, 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Friday & Saturday, August 30th & 31st, 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Saturday, September 14th, 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Saturday, September 21st, 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Weekdays During School Hours from Sept 23-Dec 20th*
  • Wednesdays Afterschool (4-7pm) from Sept 18-Dec 20th**


  • Friday & Saturday, January 24th & 25th, 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Saturday, February 8th, 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Saturday, September 21st, 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Weekdays During School Hours from Feb 10th-May 16th*
  • Wednesdays Afterschool (4-7pm) from Jan 8th-June 18th**

* Emerging TAs would not need to be available every weekday during school hours during these windows but would need space in their schedule to work at least two full days or four half days a week with Steppenwolf for residency workshops during these spans of dates.

**Wednesday afterschool commitment would be for Young Adult Council (YAC) meetings and would be shared with a second Emerging TA (either alternating weekly or one TA doing Fall semester, and one TA doing Spring)


Steppenwolf Emerging TAs are paid at facilitation rate of $35/hour for all hours spent actively assisting in residency workshops or YAC meetings and a prep rate of $20/hr for all trainings and prep tasks accomplished outside of the classroom.

Emerging TAs are responsible for commuting to/from their assigned residency schools and will be provided with travel reimbursement. TAs are reimbursed for mileage at the federal rate of $0.655/mile for driving or $2.50 each direction for CTA rides to/from schools for workshops and prep meetings.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should apply through the link provided with a brief paragraph outlining your interest in being hired as an Emerging Teaching Artist for the 2024/25 Steppenwolf Education School Year and confirming your availability for mandatory dates, as listed above. The deadline for application submission is July 3, 2024.



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 steppenwolf.org, facebook.com/steppenwolftheatre, twitter.com/steppenwolfthtr and instagram.com/steppenwolfthtr.

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 apply through the link provided with a brief paragraph outlining your interest in being hired as an Emerging Teaching Artist for the 2024/25 Steppenwolf Education School Year and confirming your availability for mandatory dates, as listed above. The deadline for application submission is July 3, 2024. 

To apply for this job please visit www.paycomonline.net.

Pay Rate/Range*: Facilitation rate of $35/hour and prep rate of $20/hr