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Alliance Theatre Atlanta Symphony Orchestra High Museum of Art

Draper/Tailor (Seasonal/Full-Time)

Job Division: Alliance Theatre

DEPARTMENT: Production
REPORTS TO: Director of Costume Shop and Wardrobe
FSLA: Non-Exempt

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 Draper/Tailor position’s primary responsibility is to create patterns based on Costume Designer sketches/research, oversee a team of first hands and stitchers in the creation of the garments, and fit assigned costumes for the Alliance Theatre’s 10 annual productions, including LORT B and D stages, and Theatre for Young Audiences shows. The Draper/Tailor also works closely with other members of the costume shop team: Draper, Design Assistants, Craft Master, Wig Master, as well as Actors.

• Typically Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm; evening and occasional weekend calls are likely.

• Generate garment patterns based on Costume Designer’s sketches/research to fit cast actors.
• Work with the Costume Designer to properly fit, alter and/or modify built, pulled, rented or purchased garments.
• Make yardage estimates for fabrics and trims and consult with designers on appropriate fabric choices.
• Guide the construction process through the shop including cutting and construction.
• Assign work to the first hands and stitchers.
• Supervise stitchers and oversee stitching work for quality and completion.
• Advise Costume Director of progress and problems in building or finishing the costumes as designed in the time allotted.
• Assist with maintenance during performance runs.
• Supervise the completion of notes resulting from tech/dress rehearsals.
• Maintain order in the shop and stock areas.
• Assist with pulling and restocking costumes from stock as needed.
• Participate in achieving the artistic goals of the Alliance Theatre.

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Previous related experience in a theatrical costume shop.
• Experience as a draper or tailor in an entertainment field.

Skills and Abilities:
• Must be able to create patterns and fit garments, tailoring skills are preferred
• Must have an understanding of period garment styles and construction, and how to adapt that knowledge to theatrical costuming
• Must have a working knowledge of fabrics, their uses, and construction methods
• 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 time management, interpersonal, and communication skills
• Must have strong supervisory skills with the ability to instruct others patiently
• Must be organized and attentive to details
• Must be able to stay calm under pressure

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• 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

Please submit resume and cover letter online at:


Founded in 1968, the Alliance Theatre is the leading producing theatre in the Southeast, reaching more than 165,000 patrons annually. Under the leadership of Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, the Alliance received the Regional Theatre Tony Award for sustained excellence in programming, education and community engagement. The Alliance has premiered more than 100 productions, including eight that have transferred to Broadway. The Alliance Theatre Education Department reaches over 90,000 students annually through performances, classes, camps and in-school initiatives with programs including the Palefsky Collision Project and the Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young. The Alliance nurtures the careers of artists through programs including the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, producing a premiere for the winner, and the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab, providing developmental resources for projects devised by local artists.
The Alliance Theatre is Atlanta’s national theatre, expanding hearts and minds on stage and off.

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