Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor | Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor. The Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor works as part of the wardrobe team running shows (including the application and maintenance of costumes, hair, makeup, and accessories throughout the run) and assisting the supervisor in pre-production show preparation and planning. The schedule varies, often including evening and weekend hours.



  • Run shows from pre-show prep (including maintenance) through in-show quick changes to post-show laundering and cleanup
  • Assist the Hair, Makeup & Wardrobe Supervisor in proactively collaborating with the costume shop, costume designers, actors, wig designer/makers, salons, and vendors to realize and maintain designs
  • Ensures that the work environments are safe, humane, and respectful


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 theatrical wardrobe, hair, wig, and make-up techniques
  • Ability to maintain, prepare, and apply wigs and facial hairpieces
  • Working knowledge of machine and hand sewing, as well as knowledge of garment construction techniques
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to create and maintain clear paperwork
  • Problem solving skills and an ability to research and develop new techniques/materials
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to support artist’s individual needs 
  • Ability to work long hours with a flexible schedule


Two years of professional working experience in wardrobe is preferred.  Candidates with equivalent experience and expertise will be considered. This position will start on or about September 4, 2018.


Strong preference will be given to candidates with leadership experience and those with experience in hair styling, wig construction/maintenance, and makeup application.


This position reports to the Wardrobe, Hair, and Makeup Supervisor.

To Apply: 

How to apply:


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references by following this link by July 19, 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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