Overhire Properties Artisan

  • Part 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.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company Props Department is currently seeking applications for overhire props artisans to work on productions for our next season. We are most urgently looking for artisans who could start as early as June 2024, but we are also looking for applicants for other projects that will come up throughout the 2024-2025 season. This is an hourly position that reports to the Properties Director.

The Steppenwolf Props Department values mutual respect, clear communication, curiosity, and a commitment to excellence.

Tasks include the following:

  • Pulling hand props and furniture from stock
  • Altering or creating properties from scratch
  • Shopping
  • Dressing the set
  • Providing rehearsal props
  • Keeping work and storage areas clean
  • Other production-related projects as they come up

Successful candidates will be able to do the following:

  • Complete notes with an eye for quality and efficiency.
  • Have a good time management and organization with the ability to monitor the pace of work and meet deadlines.
  • Communicate with supervisor and other team members to ensure projects are on track.
  • Be able to work collaboratively with a team as well as accomplish tasks on their own.
  • Lift 50 pounds (We move furniture quite often.)
  • Have a valid driver’s license and car (desirable). Our work happens at the scene shop, the theatre, and we often need to go pick up things from various vendors.


Hourly rate for this position is $22.55-25.00 depending on experience.


How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, portfolio link and three references through the link provided.

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 submit a cover letter, resume, portfolio link and three references through the link provided.

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Pay Rate/Range*: Hourly rate is $22.55 to $25.00 per hour depending on experience.
Organization Address: 1700 N Halsted Chicago, IL 60614