About Steppenwolf:

For 45 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 has grown to 53 members who represent a remarkable cross-section of actors, directors and playwrights. Thrilling and powerful productions from Balm in Gilead to August: Osage County—and accolades that include the National Medal of Arts and 12 Tony Awards— have made the theater legendary. 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 20,000 participants annually from Chicago’s diverse communities; the esteemed School at Steppenwolf; and Professional Leadership Programs. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 50 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, London, Sydney, Galway and Dublin.

Under the direction of Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro and Executive Director E. Brooke Flanagan, Steppenwolf is currently undertaking a $73 million multi-phase facilities expansion and renovation that will create a launching pad for the next 25 years of Steppenwolf’s life.  The first phase of the expansion opened in June 2016 with the 1700 Theatre, and its new café & bar, Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks, a creative space to meet up with friends and collaborators, day or night.  The next phases will create a new Arts and Education Center, a signature architectural destination for the city with a 400-seat in-the-round theatre and an education and rehearsal floor providing dedicated space for Steppenwolf’s extensive education and artistic development programs, and renovations to its current 515-seat theater that addresses artist and audience upgrades after 25 years of use.  This facilities expansion, driven by programmatic need, will allow Steppenwolf to advance its artistic vision into the future.

Open Steppenwolf Education Positions:

  1. Manager of School Programs
  2. Manager of Education Partnerships

Steppenwolf’s Education Department is currently seeking candidates for two full-time, salaried manager roles: Manager of School Programs and Manager of Education Partnerships, the specific duties for which are included below. Candidates are encouraged to apply to both positions if applicable to their experience and interests and/or list in their application for which position they want to be considered. Please note:

  • Both positions report to the Director of Education
  • Both positions require availability for occasional nights and weekend events and trainings, etc.
  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  We are interested in receiving candidates from a broad spectrum, including queer and non-binary folx, folx with disabilities and Black and Indigenous and other persons of color.
  • Application instructions and compensation information included at the end of this notice
  • We can’t wait to get to know you!

Department Mission

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 theatre to promote compassion, encourage curiosity and inspire action as we work together towards a more empathetic tomorrow.

We work continuously to examine our work through an anti-racist lens, striving to ensure that not only values but actions around inclusion, diversity, equality and access exist in every aspect of our work.


Department Overview

Steppenwolf Education’s unique approach combines play production with educational components to enhance arts education for young audiences, as well as their teachers and families. Every season Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) creates two full-scale professional productions specifically for teens. Working closely with the Chicago Public and surrounding area schools and other community partners, Steppenwolf’s Education department reaches more than 15,000 participants from Chicago’s communities each year, including training burgeoning professionals through its internship, apprenticeship and fellowship programs.


Candidate Qualifications, general

The ideal candidate for either position will possess a proven dedication to the field of arts education and providing equity and access to the arts. They will be excited to execute current programming while also developing a vision for growth and change. They will desire to be part of a highly-collaborative team that works hard but also likes to laugh a lot and always puts the student experience (whomever is defined as a student in that moment) first.

The following are required competencies for these positions:

  • Facilitation: Experience with young folks, students, teachers, school administrators, community members, etc. in a variety of educational settings
  • Cultural Competency: A sophisticated understanding of and dedication to a lifelong process of learning about Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression principles and practices, and the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Project Management: The ability to conceive of both the strategy and operational aspects of a project or program, and the ability to manage multiple competing priorities
  • Relentless Curiosity: The ability to productively question the status quo and engage in solution-oriented, systems-thinking
  • Resource Management: The ability to optimize human and financial resources in keeping with core values, and to monitor and forecast program income and expenses with well-reasoned accuracy.
  • Communication: The ability to communicate transparently and effectively across mediums with an emphasis on interpersonal communication and public speaking
  • Relationship Management: Excellent social skills with an emphasis on building and maintaining meaningful and reciprocal external relationships and to mentoring newer individuals in the field


Specific Duties, per Position

(1)  The Manager of School Programs is responsible for managing the ongoing work of the in-school residency program, including training of its teaching artists and classroom teachers and also helping the Director of Education shape the growth of the program moving forward, primarily in the area of equity and access. A primary charge of theirs is ensuring that more students and teachers across the Chicagoland area are provided valuable resources through Steppenwolf Education while maintaining the rigor and quality of programming Steppenwolf is known for. The Manager of School Programs will serve a key ambassador of Steppenwolf Education to its many constituencies, including teens, educators, members of the community, as well as staff members and teaching artists. The programs they oversee include:


In-School Residency Program:

  • Responsible for overseeing in-school residency program, including:
    • Bridge program
    • What If program
    • Immersion program
  • Alongside Facilitator(s) of Professional Development, create curriculum for and execute educator teacher training in relation to both Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) shows of the season
  • Design and implement lesson plans for use in the classroom
  • Create curriculum with partners each spring around touring production

Management of teaching artists:

  • Hire teaching artists each season
  • Evaluate and manage cohort of approximately 15 teaching artists throughout season and through formal check-ins at end of season
  • Coordinate and schedule in-school residencies with 25 classroom teacher partners and teaching artists for two Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) productions and auxiliary programming each season
  • Read and respond to teaching artist lesson plans, assessment worksheets and final assessments

Support to Development Department:

  • Communicate with Development department about residency program, in particular vision and values of program
  • Develop assessment tools, execution of these tools and documentation about residency program to aid Development in year-end reporting
  • Attend key funder meetings
  • Assist Director of Education in key funding proposals and reports


Support to other Education Programs:

  • Working alongside the facilitator(s) of Teen Programs, provide support for the Young Adult Council, building connections between classroom teachers in the school residency program and youth served by teen programs
  • Supervisor of apprentice/fellow and intern each year (including managing hiring process for these folx)
  • Reading potential plays and helping with season theme language for future Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) programs


(2)  The Manager of Education Partnerships is a new, public-facing role, aimed at growing school and community partnerships to increase the breadth and depth of the teens and early-career professionals served by the Education Department. This manager will champion the mission of Steppenwolf Education, ensuring that all youth and young professionals have access to the vital work of Steppenwolf Theatre in meaningful ways. The manager will be responsible for designing dynamic programming across Chicago to reach new and existing audiences, while maintaining the educational rigor and artistic quality Steppenwolf Education is known for.


Working closely alongside the Director of Education, the Manager of Education Partnerships will oversee projects ranging from forming relationships with new artists to touring full scale productions of Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ (SYA) shows in order to bring Steppenwolf Education’s work out into new neighborhoods and schools. As such, the role of the manager is twofold: (1) create new relationships with individuals and organizations whose mission aligns with Steppenwolf Education to use the arts to empower young people, and grow those relationships in deep and meaningful ways; (2) serve as a liaison at Steppenwolf for organizations that are interested in engaging with Steppenwolf through the education department and foster relationships accordingly. The manager must be able to serve as a key ambassador of Steppenwolf Education to diverse constituencies, including teens, educators, members of the community, as well as fellow staff members. Job duties include:


Prospecting new education partners:

  • Research and develop relationships with key individuals and organizations whose missions align with Steppenwolf Education
  • Once partnerships are formed, create a 2-3 year plan with partner to identify shared goals between Steppenwolf Education and partner
  • Create programming inside of Steppenwolf: working alongside the Artistic and Marketing teams, manager will identify opportunities that come through the theater’s (black box) 1700 Theater programming that align with the goals of Steppenwolf Education; where experiences to serve teens and young professionals in new ways appear, manager will work alongside Steppenwolf artistic producers to serve as liaison for 1700 programming to ensure teen/young professional voice is included
  • Create programming to go out into community: manager will be responsible for implementation of programming at community partner sites based on needs and goals of partnership, eg. As small as a single workshop or as large scale as a tour of an SYA production

Tour & ‘Outside Programs’ Producer:

  • Produce all Steppenwolf Education tours and programs that exist outside of the theater itself
    • Working alongside the production department, Producer is expected to manage budget, crew, artists and staff related to the tour
    • Producer is expected to be key contact for all community partners as part of tour experience
    • Producer will collaborate with the Manager of School Programs on educational content related to these programs

Support for Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) productions:

  • In order to get to know new and existing school partners, the Manager of Education Partnerships will serve as lead teacher liaison for all booking and communication around both Steppenwolf for Young Adults productions
  • The Manager will work with Group Sales Department on reservations for school groups and communicate department philosophy, goals and information via phone conversations, emails and mailed materials to all students and teachers
  • The Manager will work with Audience Experience team and Front of House staff for day-of-show planning and have a presence at the theatre during shows: greeting students and teachers; helping with post-show discussions
  • This individual will serve as lead creator of marketing materials that are sent to schools regarding upcoming SYA shows and surrounding programming in addition to reading potential plays and helping with season theme language for future SYA programs

Support to Development Department:

  • Communicate with Development department about program, in particular vision and values of program
  • Develop assessment tools, execution of these tools and documentation about program to aid Development in year-end reporting
  • Attend key funder meetings
  • Assist Director of Education in key funding proposals and reports


Support to other Education Programs:

  • Lead (and hire/train/coordinate others to lead) post-show discussions during school performances and weekend public performances of Steppenwolf for Young Adult shows
  • Participate in hiring of incoming interns/apprentices/fellows each season


Compensation for both positions is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry, range $48,000-51,000. Excellent benefit package offered, including medical and dental insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, vacation pay, paid sick leave, and 401(k) matching retirement program.



Instructions to Apply:

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and a statement about your relevant experience by going to our website and apply under jobs openings by November 29th. No formal cover letter needed -- we want to hear from you about your interest in this job in your own words! Please include in your statement how you will contribute to the department’s mission to “promote compassion, encourage curiosity and inspire action as we work together towards a more empathetic tomorrow.”

Candidates are encouraged to apply to both positions if applicable to their experience and interests and/or list in their application for which position they want to be considered.

In order to help maintain an equitable process, please do not submit unsolicited candidate recommendations or directly contact the education staff regarding this position.

To apply for this job email your details to mlong@steppenwolf.org

Pay Rate/Range*: $48,000-51,000