Steppenwolf Theatre
Company Manager

A word from Tom Pearl, Director of Production, and Co-Artistic Directors Glenn Davis and Audrey Francis
 

Company Manager

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Company Manager

REPORTS TO: Director of Production

JOB TYPE: Full Time, Exempt

START DATE: ASAP

SALARY RANGE: $50 - $55k

BENEFITS:  

  • Health, Dental, and Life Insurance options

  • 4% 403(b) retirement savings match

  • Paid leave time (2 wks vacation, 5 sick days, 3 personal days)

  • Complimentary tickets, and other discounts.


Position Summary:

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Company Manager to work as part of the Production Management Team. This position reports to the Director of Production and collaborates closely with the rest of the Production Office; Assistant Production Manager, and Production Administrator. This position generally works in the office, M-F from 9am-5pm, but also requires occasional weekend or evening hours in support of the production process and artist travel/housing needs.

Essential Duties:

  • Manage travel and housing for all guest artists, ensemble members, and staff including arranging accommodations, booking travel, building/communicating itineraries, coordinating changes, and processing reimbursements.

  • Provide logistical support to guest artists including creating/maintaining welcome packets and helping with day to day needs like transportation, doctors’ appointments, grocery trips, etc. 

  • Manage and execute actor and AEA stage manager contracting and onboarding in conjunction with Casting

  • Manage payroll for actors and stage managers, including Actors’ Equity Association reports and payments.  

  • Act as primary point of contact between Steppenwolf and Actors Equity Association

  • Assist Director of Production in season planning and budgeting process

  • Manage comp and house seat requests for artists in Tessitura. 

  • Maintain relationships with corporate housing/apartments, coordinate apartment cleaning schedules, and ensure apartments are well maintained. 

  • Collaborate with Development Department to manage hotel/airline partnerships and occasional donor travel needs 

  • Collaborate with Production Management team on planning and execution of supporting company morale through each phase of the production process.

  • Provide secondary oversight of Production Administrator position which supports the Company Manager in all areas of responsibility

Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to interact with a diverse range of collaborators and creative processes.

  • Strong organizational and time management skills, with great attention to detail.

  • Creative problem solving and a general curiosity/openness to continual learning and growth. 

  • Commitment to working with diverse groups in terms of gender expression, race, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class, and immigrant status.

  • Ability to quickly pick up and learn how to navigate union rules and protocols. Experience working with Actors’ Equity Association is preferred, but not required.

Desired Skills:

  • Familiarity working in theater production, performing arts, events management, or similar field in either a professional or educational setting. 

  • Basic computer skills (including familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Google Calendar and Dropbox) with the ability to adapt and adopt new software and computer systems. Advanced Excel experience (including working with formulas) and experience with Tessitura is preferred, but not required.

 

About Steppenwolf

The Steppenwolf ensemble first began performing in the mid-1970s in the basement of a Highland Park, IL church, the ambitious brainchild of three high school and college friends: Jeff Perry, Terry Kinney and Gary Sinise. Fast forward 40 years and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company has become the nation’s premier ensemble theatre—redefining the landscape of acting and performance. The ensemble has grown to 49 members who represent a remarkable generation of actors, directors and playwrights. Thrilling, powerful, groundbreaking productions from Balm in Gilead and Grapes of Wrath to August: Osage County—and accolades that included the National Medal of Arts and twelve Tony® Awards—have made the theatre legendary. Steppenwolf’s artistic force remains rooted in the original vision of its founders: an artist-driven theatre, whose vitality is defined by its sharp appetite for groundbreaking, innovative work.

 

Steppenwolf operates as a not-for-profit organization relying on community support to produce or present up to 16 plays and nearly 700 performances, readings and other events every year on our three stages. The theatre’s artistic and educational programs draw a multi-generational audience of nearly 200,000 from the greater metropolitan Chicago area, while our impact reaches well beyond this region with productions that tour nationally and internationally.

Vision

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.

Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is committed to creating an organization that deeply values and draws strength from the many and varied stories and storytellers that make up our society. We will work to create a community that at its core is rooted in inclusion, diversity, equity and access.

 

Steppenwolf is working to foster a culture of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) within our theater. We will actively work towards valuing and respecting all people, their identities and their histories. We denounce harm against any individual based on their identity, including race, particularly in the form of anti-Blackness or anti-Asian; religion, whether anti-Semitic or Islamophobic; nationality in the form of xenophobia; gender, specifically transphobia and misogyny; age; class; sexual orientation in the form of homophobia; immigration status or ability. We want to re-empower those who have had their power diminished for the privilege of others.

 

Our commitment to IDEA work will be ongoing, imperfect and with the intention of correcting and learning from missteps when they cause social or cultural harm. It will require examining our own imperfections and opening channels when it is time for us to listen.

 

While Steppenwolf has worked to uplift marginalized voices in our art, we are committed to doing more. We are committed to the immediate and long-term work necessary to dismantle systems of oppression. Steppenwolf recognizes that, as a prominent arts institution, we have a responsibility to be introspective and take ownership of how our actions affect various communities. We also acknowledge that in the theatre world we are complicit. The land we are on, the artists we work with and the staff that operates our theaters have been exploited by these systems.

 

We take ownership of the following living statements, which represent specific areas in which Steppenwolf is actively working to learn and grow. We present them here as part of our accountability to these ongoing efforts. Our ensemble of artists is engaged in their own process of introspection and will be sharing their commitments in the time ahead. We expect these statements to change as our culture and institution evolve.

Covid Safety Policy

Steppenwolf currently requires all employs to be vaccinated against COVID and to wear masks while working on campus. COVID protocols are continuously updated based on public health guidelines.