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Assistant Costume Shop Manager / Design Assistant (Regular/Full-Time)
REPORTS TO: Director of Costume Shop and Wardrobe
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Regular/Full-Time
The Alliance Theatre is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all areas of our work, including play selection, casting, marketing and public relations efforts, education programs, recruitment of staff and volunteers, and the composition of the Board of Directors.
The Alliance Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, class, religion, country of origin, political belief, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any factor protected by law. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
The Assistant Costume Shop Manager / Design Assistant’s primary responsibility is to assist the Director of Costume Shop and Wardrobe with the running and maintenance of the costume shop. This position also assists costume designers with shopping, fittings, implementation, and completion of costumes for the Alliance Theatre’s 12 annual productions, including LORT B and D stages, as well as Theatre for Young Audiences shows. They also work closely with all members of the costume shop, production creative teams, and other production departments.
• Typically Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm, but late nights and weekends are common.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
• Assist in the day-to-day management of the costume shop
• Assist with planning tasks including, but not limited to: show budgeting, staff hiring, wardrobe paperwork generation, general supply ordering, etc.
• Monitor costume shop progress and track show projects through the costume shop.
• Assist with securing additional labor to support the costume shop and the wardrobe areas.
• Facilitate efficient communication between costume shop and costume designers.
• Compile and maintain production bibles.
• Read scripts and create costume breakdowns, pieces lists, and tracking paperwork.
• Source and purchase/pull fabric, clothing, and accessories for shows.
• Assist with local shopping, online/telephone ordering, and returns.
• Schedule and attend costume fittings and hair/wig fittings, and coordinate elements as needed.
• Attend department head meetings, production meetings, rehearsals and previews as needed.
• Assist with tech rehearsals and show strikes.
• Provide information to costume personnel and other departments.
• Track spending/finances and assist with timely budgetary record keeping.
• Manage the organization and maintenance of the costume stock by overseeing pulling, restocking, and rentals.
• Pull rehearsal garments as needed.
• Facilitate acquisition of rental costumes, maintain records of rentals, and ensure their efficient return.
• Participate in achieving the artistic goals of the Alliance Theatre.
• One design assistant, two drapers, one craftsperson, three first hand/stitchers, one hair/makeup artist, 3 wardrobe staff, and regular overhire in the costume shop and wardrobe.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Necessary accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• At least 3 years of professional theatrical costuming/wardrobe
• Experience in a LORT B professional theatre is preferred.
• Previous related experience in a theatrical costume shop
• Experience in basic theatrical costuming techniques
• GED or High School Diploma is required.
• Must have a valid driver’s license.
Skills and Abilities:
• Must be skilled with using costume and sewing equipment, including industrial sewing machines, steam generator iron system, scissors, and other standard sewing-related equipment
• Must have strong listening, interpersonal and communication skills
• Must be organized and able to interpret and follow directions
• Must be proficient with Microsoft Office and other computer programs
• Must be knowledgeable about basic accounting procedures
• Must be able to stay calm under pressure
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIROMENT:
The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Necessary accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Ability to drive a car with a valid driver’s license
• Ability to sit and stand for long periods of time
• Ability to climb and work from ladders
• Ability to use hands in small and large motor tasks
• Some standing, walking, bending, frequent use of hands, stooping and light lifting (at least 40 pounds) is needed.
• The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.