Graphic Designer

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

About Us:

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 theater—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 theater legendary. Steppenwolf’s artistic force remains rooted in the original vision of its founders: an artist-driven theater, 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 presents up to 16 plays and nearly 700 performances, readings and other events every year on our three stages. The theater’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.

Position Details

Graphic Designer
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Graphic Designer. This individual must be a self-motivated designer with intelligent design skills and a detail-focused sense of typography. This position works on a wide variety of both print and digital materials, in support of marketing campaigns, institutional branding, fundraising campaigns, education materials and other efforts. A successful candidate will be organized, dependable, knowledgeable, detail oriented, able to work both autonomously and as part of a team and possess the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously. The Graphic Designer is responsible for working with the Design Director on a wide range of projects across the organization. This position reports to the Creative Director.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Create design solutions for print, e-mail, web and signage 
  • Design program books for the theatre, working with Marketing Assistant 
  • Work in conjunction with other departments on collaborative projects 
  • Prepare files for printing and publishing, gain bids from vendors, review proofs 
  • Interface with merchants, creative, pre-press, and Project Managers to ensure design approvals 
  • Partner with Project Managers in meeting deadlines and review of layouts 
  • Manage deadlines and workload to ensure on-time delivery of all project 
  • Manage print vendors to ensure timely completion 
  • Design and coordinate web layout and updates

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Displays eagerness, innovation and self-motivation in design approach 
  • 3 years of design experience for agencies, freelance, non-profits, arts organizations 
  • Well-developed typography skills (with knowledge of visual and communication hierarchies) 
  • Strong conceptual and brainstorming skills 
  • Strong organization and self-motivation skills 
  • Excellent verbal and collaborative skills 
  • Proficient with Mac OS and Adobe Creative Suite(InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop proficiency and efficiency required) 
  • Interest/knowledge in HTML5 and Web development 
  • Ability to work in a timely manner on multiple projects under tight deadlines 
  • Experience, knowledge, or interest in theatre and/or other performing or visual arts 
  • Steppenwolf gives preference to candidates who have demonstrable experience advocating for equity, diversity and inclusion


Salary: $35,000 with excellent benefit package for full time employees, including medical, dental, vision insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, vacation pay, paid sick time, personal days, pre-tax Ventra transit benefit program, employee assistance program and 401(k) matching retirement program.

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