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Steppenwolf Theatre Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great camaraderie among staff, a real passion for producing great theater.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Steppenwolf Theatre full-time

    Pros

    A generally supportive and good working environment. It was collaborative in most regards, and leadership make an effort to get to know staff members.

    Cons

    Some inefficiencies in management, and not always receptive to new ways of doing things from an administrative stand point. Also not an organization that says "no" very often, sometimes to the detriment of workers.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great overall culture but departmental micro-culture will drive you to drink.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Steppenwolf Theatre full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic brand. Inspiring product and peers. Family-like feel among co-workers and fun/playful atmosphere. Company has a deep commitment to being an industry leader without losing sight of it's own voice and vision

    Cons

    Some senior management can be stifling micro managers who suck all autonomy and ability to supply original opinions and experience to the table.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Steppenwolf's staff, work environment, and innovative mindset revitalized my faith in the theatre industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Steppenwolf Theatre as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Steppenwolf Theatre produces important pieces of theatre that transcend from entertainment into true catharsis. Administratively, they are always looking forward with a set of creative, crafty eyes. Steppenwolf is also dedicated to its Chicago community, connecting with high school & college students, veterans, recent immigrants, upcoming artists, trauma victims, underrepresented minorities, and everyone in between. Additionally, they are supportive of not just Steppenwolf's theatre, but ALL artistic ventures. Almost every admin staff member is involved within outside theatrical projects as directors, actors, writers, dramaturgs, producers, etc. In essence, the whole company consists of artists. Lastly, a telling example in understanding Steppenwolf's intrinsic value is their occasional presence on Broadway - both their productions and ensemble members. In short, there are two main theatre models: for-profit and non-profit. Tony Awards are designed to honor successes within the 'mainstream' for-profit model, more commonly referred to as 'Broadway' (minus MTC, Roundabout, & Lincoln Center). The fact that a few Steppenwolf productions have been able to jump from the non-profit sector into the for-profit sector, become profitable, and win Tony awards proves that wholly artistic, intimate plays (which at first glance are often discarded as 'risky investments') are actually well-received and in demand. In other words, there IS a market for empowering plays, and it's bigger and stronger than we think it is. Watch out, Disney. The [steppen]wolves are coming for you, and I hear they're bringing their friends MTC, Roundabout, Lincoln Center, Public, and 20 others.

    Cons

    Despite being more open to new ideas and innovations, sometimes upper management's egos will blind them from seeing and acting upon new potentially positive and successful opportunities. Also, despite certainly being able to afford an additional payroll or housing/living stipend expense, they do not offer monetary compensation to their summer interns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more approachable, continue to think of new ways to empower and motivate staff members, promote collaboration on projects between different departments, and aim to view your co-workers as peers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Audio department

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    Former Employee - Sound in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sound in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Steppenwolf Theatre part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    it's a good place to get a good resume boost. It's an interesting environment and you can see some real professionals at work. You can learn a lot as an apprentice and get somewhat steady work as an over hire.

    Cons

    for most over hire folks it's get in and get out. You are here to push the buttons and for anything else keep your mouth shut and stand in the back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the audio department would recommend looking at your full time staff and maybe upgrading to someone who knows what they are doing.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    They don't want you to work for them for a lifetime, they just want your best years

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    Former Employee - Charge Artist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Charge Artist in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Steppenwolf Theatre

    Pros

    Interesting artistic challenges brought me.

    Cons

    Management treats you like you are replaceable. No positive reinforcement. No respect given to your opinions on your specific artistic skill. Management does not listen to your concerns. No benefits to regular part time employees, even after working 10 years. Executive Director is quoted as saying, "We don't want you to work for us for a lifetime, we just want your best years."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to respect the employees, treat them like they are contributing to the artistic develop of the work, not just working on a production line. Give equal treatment to employees, not all are created equal in their eyes.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Apprenticeship Program

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Steppenwolf Theatre

    Pros

    Incredible work environment. You're given a lot of responsibility and the company as a whole depends a lot on the Apprentices.

    Cons

    In my opinion, your time at Steppenwolf is really what you make of it. If you work hard and want to do a good job you'll have a really rewarding experience.

    Recommends
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