Dates:  May 16, 2016 through August 31, 2016

Overall Responsibility: Oversee all operations and employees in the costume shop.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Assist the Operations Manager and Director of Production with the load-in and load-out of the costume shop.
  • In collaboration with the Head Stitcher, order and maintain basic stock of costume supplies, notions and tools.
  • Schedule maintenance of all sewing machines and equipment at the beginning of the season.
  • Facilitate any necessary repairs during the season.
  • Coordinate and facilitate pre-season orientation for costume staff to articulate and insure productivity, quality, and safety standards/procedures.
  • Schedule and supervise all costume shop employees.  Manage staff time for payroll and budgeting purposes.
  • Keep abreast of costume shop workflow and advise the Director of Production of over-hire needs in order to meet deadlines.
  • Review and relay contractual dates and special requirements outlined in costume rental agreements to the costume teams and Costume Rental Coordinator.
  • In collaboration with the First Hands, establish procedure to document and supervise the restoration of alterations/modifications made to any rented costumes before they are returned to the rental vendor.
  • Coordinate with the Warehouse Supervisor and Costume Rental Coordinator to schedule deliveries of costumes to and from the warehouse and theatre.
  • Help to coordinate the purchase of all dance shoes and tights, hose, dance briefs, dance belts, stockings, and all other “skin parts” for the season.
  • Facilitate compensation for actors’ personal clothing/accessories rented for production’s use, as specified in the Actors’ Equity / California Musical Theatre Agreement.
  • Attend production meetings and dress rehearsals.
  • Work with the Wardrobe Supervisor to ensure a smooth transition of costumes from workroom to dress rehearsals and opening performances.
  • Coordinate costume strike with the Costume Rental Coordinator and the Warehouse Supervisor.
  • Following the closing performance of each production, schedule dry cleaning pick up, delivery and billing.
  • Help facilitate expenditures for the Wardrobe and Hair/Wig Departments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Previous professional experience supervising costume construction.
  • Knowledge of and basic experience in all areas of theatrical costuming.
  • Working knowledge of costume and fashion history.
  • Working knowledge of costume materials including historical references and modern availabilities.
  • Ability to give clear directions and encourage questions when working with staff.
  • Possess a talent for setting standards of excellence an inspiring a sense of group responsibility among team members.
  • Demonstrated experience in personnel management, time management and work flow analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and facilitating procedure and creating documentation.
  • Basic computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to plan ahead and anticipate potential setbacks.
  • Ability to calmly and succinctly resolve conflict and crisis.
  • Ability to thrive in an environment that requires working under tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, efficiency, prioritization, and multi-tasking.

Interested applicants should email letter of intent and resume to Jill Lane with letter of intent and resume. Deadline to apply is March 18 although you are strongly encouraged to apply ASAP as the position will fill quickly.