Front Bar Bartender | Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the part time position of Bartender at Front Bar, Steppenwolf’s café and bar connected to the main theater at 1700 N Halsted. Open to the general public and theater-goers alike, Front Bar features a full bar program highlighted by craft and local products, a light food menu curated by The Goddess and Grocer, and a comfortable, modern-rustic atmosphere.

Job Description:

Through a relaxed, attentive, and sincere level of customer service, members of the Front Bar team are committed to cultivating a comfortable and inviting experience for our audience and guests. As part of this team, the Bartender will prepare and serve quality beverages in a friendly and efficient manner; provide adaptive service that is cognizant of theater operations; maintain their station for cleanliness and sanitation and ensure the quality of all beverages; educate themselves and guests about our beverage and food options;  engage our patrons as courteous, professional representatives of our company; assist patrons with disabilities (which includes developing a proficiency in accessibility etiquette); coordinate with the box office and other departments to streamline service; monitor and maintain public spaces for safety, cleanliness and presentation; and serve as knowledgeable sources of information about the theatre and city.

This position reports to the Bar Manager and the Food and Beverage Director.

Hours of employment range from noon to 2am daily, with peak times in support of evening and weekend performances.










About Steppenwolf

For over 40 years, Steppenwolf Theatre Company has been a cultural leader in Chicago and model for theatre companies in the United States and around the world. Formed by a collective of actors in 1976, the ensemble has grown to 51 members who represent a remarkable cross-section of actors, directors and playwrights. Thrilling and powerful productions from Balm in Gilead to August: Osage County—and accolades that include the National Medal of Arts and 12 Tony Awards— have made the theater legendary. Steppenwolf produces hundreds of performances and events annually in its three spaces: the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat 1700 Theatre. Artistic programming includes a seven-play season; a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season; Visiting Company engagements; and LookOut, a multigenre performances series. Education initiatives include the nationally recognized work of Steppenwolf for Young Adults, which engages 15,000 participants annually from Chicago’s diverse communities; the esteemed School at Steppenwolf; and Professional Leadership Programs. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, London, Sydney, Galway and Dublin. Anna D. Shapiro is the Artistic Director and David Schmitz is the Executive Director.

Steppenwolf is currently undertaking a $73 million multi-phase facilities expansion and renovation that will create a launching pad for the next 25 years of Steppenwolf’s life.  The first phase of the expansion opened in June 2016 with the 1700 Theatre, and its new café & bar, Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks, a creative space to meet up with friends and collaborators, day or night.  The next phases will create a new Arts and Education Center, a signature architectural destination for the city with a 400-seat in-the-round theatre and an education and rehearsal floor providing dedicated space for Steppenwolf’s extensive education and artistic development programs, and renovations to its current 515-seat theater that addresses artist and audience upgrades after 25 years of use.  This facilities expansion, driven by programmatic need, will allow Steppenwolf to advance its artistic vision into the future.

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Compensation is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the food and beverage service industry. Excellent benefit package offered for part time employees, including dental and vision insurance, sick time, employee assistance program, pre-tax Ventra program and a 401(k) matching retirement program.



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.

Skills & Qualifications: 

The successful candidates will:

  • Commit to an equitable work environment, including but not limited to use of gender inclusive language and support for individual gender expression, cultural sensitivity, racial equity and inter-generational collaboration and accessibility for audience members with disabilities
  • Have experience as a bartender and/or server in a high volume bar or restaurant
  • Be knowledgeable and interested in spirits, craft beer and wine
  • Enjoy proactively and positively  interacting with a variety of personalities in a busy, fast-paced environment
  • Commit to presenting a relaxed appearance and tone when interacting with guests and colleagues, which includes maintaining an unhurried pace and level modulation of voice and volume
  • Demonstrate the consistent ability to effectively problem-solve in improvised situations
  • Be able to consistently work 15-25 hours a week, especially evenings and weekends
  • Possess excellent time-management skills
  • Be able to lift 40 pounds
To Apply: 

How to apply:

Interested candidates can submit their application by following this linkby August 9, 2018. 

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