Costume Shop Supervisor

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 candidates should send resume and cover letter via the form below.