Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Chicago, IL

Expires: 09/04/18

Job Dates



45,000-49,000 annually

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Scene Shop Supervisor.

The Scene Shop Supervisor reports to the Technical Director and assists them in supervising the carpentry staff, technical design/engineering, construction, installation, and maintenance of scenery for a season of 7 Steppenwolf mainstage productions and 2 Steppenwolf for Young Adults productions, plus special events, across three stages. This position also plays a leadership role in equipment maintenance, facilities planning, and for ensuring workplace health and safety.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

- Significant professional experience in scenery construction techniques, CNC Routers, theatrical rigging, mechanical design, automation, and drafting
- Leadership skills in a scene shop environment
- AutoCAD drafting skills (both 2D + 3D)
- Problem solving skills and an ability to research and develop new techniques/materials
- Demonstrated ability to work on multiple and on-going projects to achieve the highest standards
- Experience with production transfers nationally (including Broadway) and internationally
- Thorough knowledge of scenic automation theory, system design, installation, and troubleshooting. Experience with winches, elevators, hydraulics, and pneumatics involving complex integration across axes
- Ability and commitment to working with diverse groups in terms of gender expression, race, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class and immigrant status
- Five or more years of professional working experience in scenic carpentry is preferred. Candidates with equivalent experience and expertise will be considered.

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 and 24 trucks.

Responsibilities, in support of the Technical Director:

- Supervise, train, and mentor 4 full-time carpentry staff, apprentices, and overhire in implementing scenic designs.
- Ensure construction that achieves design goals, adheres to production schedules, and is structurally sound.
- Create daily work flow, enforce quality control, ensure staff deadlines are established and adhered to in accordance with the production schedule. Collaborate with Technical/Associate Technical Director in creation of build and load-in calendars.
- Review, interpret, and troubleshoot design and working drawings to assess practical feasibility and ensure necessary information is communicated to scenic carpenters. Collaborate with Technical Director to creatively assess appropriate materials and construction methods.
- Promote and schedule preventive maintenance as a strategy in maintaining all scene shop equipment. Monitor and maintain inventory of materials and hardware to ensure efficient workflow.
- Assist Technical/Associate Technical Director in supervising staff during load-in and strike of scenic elements.
- Establish continual plans for shop improvements and create timeline in which they are to be implemented.
- Assist Technical Director and Director of Operations in monitoring shop facility and building systems. Aid in devising a long term plan of capital improvements to the shop layout/workflow, and overall physical scene shop plant, in collaboration with the Technical Director, Director of Operations, and Director of Production.
- Adhere to strict health and safety guidelines and play a leadership role in maintaining a safe work environment.


Salary range: $45,000 - $49,000

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references by following this link below by September 4, 2018.



Ladonna Lane

Hr Generalist


Business Address

1700 N. Halsted

Chicago, IL 60614

Posted: 08/08/2018 10:58:00 EST

Last Updated: 08/08/2018 13:00 EST

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