Costume Shop Manager - 10581BR

Costume Shop Manager

Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Costume Shop Manager is responsible for costume construction for productions in the Department of Theatre’s University Theatre program as well as the fulfillment of other departmental needs for costumes and makeup used in curriculum-related performance, instruction, and classroom settings. This position instructs undergraduate students enrolled in Costume Production, Costume Design laboratory sections and advises graduate teaching assistants responsible for these courses. Other duties as assigned by the Technical Director.

Job Description

(30%) Supervise the day-to-day operation of the Department of Theatre costume shop in accordance with established policy. Perform direct work as cutter, draper, stitcher, fitter, dyer, milliner, and crafts person as needed for the Department of Theatre production program. Interview, hire, teach and supervise student assistants to execute designs. Advise Technical Director in planning production calendar and budget allocations. Manage the budget and records expenses for Department of Theatre costume shop and makeup areas as directed by the Technical Director. Oversee maintenance of equipment and shop facilities and recommend purchases of new equipment to the Technical Director. Keep appraised of new equipment innovations and procedures. Supervises rental and loans of costumes as instructed by Director of Theatre. Receive and process donations to the costume shop.

(30%) Instruct students enrolled in Department of Theatre Costume Production laboratory sections. Instruct and advise students enrolled in Department of Theatre Patterning and Costume Design courses as classroom projects dictate. . Advise Department Graduate Teaching Assistants responsible for THR 220 Costume Production and similar courses.

(40%) Once final designs are formulated, oversee the costume and makeup production process of multiple productions to maintain timeline of production schedule set by the Technical Director (i.e. drawings due date, fittings, first dress, and strike). Locate and negotiate the hiring of wig or hair specialists if special skills are not available in-house. Knowledge of shopping resources and ability to shop or advise others in the best shopping practices to serve the needs of the productions, costume shop and department.

Advise faculty, graduate and undergraduate designers as to the feasibility of designs in light of Production Guidelines determined by Technical Director. Formulate shop production schedules and procedures that will accommodate both practical and aesthetic demands of the designs. In conjunction with the Cutter/Draper, anticipate actor/designer time needed and schedule fittings. Attend fittings and Department of Theatre committee, staff, and production meetings as required. Conduct shop meetings with the Cutter/Draper and paid production assistants to insure that shop priorities and schedules are being met.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor's Degree in Theatre.
  2. Knowledge of stage costume construction, pattern development, fabric modification, crafts, and hair and makeup as evidenced by application material or from previous work experience.
  3. Experience in environments that require collaborative work within tight production schedules.
  4. Relevant supervisory experience as evidenced by application material or from previous work experience.
  5. Excellent written and oral communication skills as evidenced by application material or in interview.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Master's degree in Theatre.
  2. Ability to effectively supervise and teach undergraduate students.
  3. Experience in both academic and professional costume shops.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application consists of a CV, cover letter, and a portfolio.

Review of applications begins on January 30,2018 and continues as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants. To ensure consideration, apply before the application review date.

Contact Information to Applicants

Alex Weston, Technical Director

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Commensurate with Experience and Education

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