Properties Artisan | Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Properties Artisan.  The Props Artisan works as part of the properties team providing rehearsal and show props, loading shows in and out of the theatre, working within a budget, reporting expenses, archiving shows, maintaining a safe and clean work environment, and keeping prop storage areas tidy and organized.



  • This position requires the physical ability to work on a computer and on one’s feet for long periods of time, to occasionally work on ladders and lifts, to lift furniture, boxes, and other items weighing over 25 pounds, and a willingness to work more than 40 hours per week when necessary.
  • Tasks include researching, searching the internet, sewing, upholstery, dressing sets, painting, shopping, light carpentry, digitally creating or modifying paper props, using several different types of materials and techniques for crafting or adapting props, and supervising other props team members.  
  • This is a scene shop-based position but regularly works in other Steppenwolf locations such as the rehearsal hall, theatre, and at various vendors all across Chicagoland. Candidates must have a current, valid driver's license, clean driving record, their own car, and the ability to drive company vans.   

About Steppenwolf:


Steppenwolf Theatre Company seeks to tell stories about how we live now; its mission is to engage audiences in an exchange of ideas that makes people think harder, laugh longer, feel more. The theatre celebrates and honors the core values of ensemble, innovation and citizenship. Steppenwolf has a commitment to diversity and equity, and the organization has a focus on diversifying the artists, audiences, staff and board who make Steppenwolf great.


As a not-for-profit, ensemble-based theatre company operating in the city of Chicago, the company’s activities encompass a wide range of artistic programs including a seven-play season, a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season, visiting company engagements, a new multi-disciplinary performance series, national and international tours, professional leadership programs, educational programs, and new play commissions and workshops.  Steppenwolf seeks to engage its community in a spirited dialogue around today’s issues, which results in more than 200 events produced throughout the year.  The company owns five different facilities housing its three theatres, production facilities, offices and other support facilities and is managed under the leadership of Anna D. Shapiro, Artistic Director and David Schmitz, Managing Director.




This is a non-exempt position. Compensation is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry. Excellent benefit package offered, including medical, dental, vision insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, vacation pay, paid sick leave, personal days, and 401(k) retirement program.

Skills & Qualifications: 

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Experience in light carpentry, sewing, upholstery and painting
  • Proficiency in Photoshop and Microsoft Office
  • An understanding of historical periods and styles
  • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently and multi- task


Three years of professional working experience in props is preferred.  Candidates with equivalent experience and expertise will be considered. This position will start on or about July 24, 2018.


This position reports to the Properties Master.

To Apply: 

How to apply:


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references by following this link by June 28, 2018.




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.

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