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Position: Supervisor - Costume Shop

Grade Department Position type: Position Number
35 2NF – Department not found Full-time A98000

Position Summary:

Under administrative direction from the department chairperson and dean, individual is responsible for designing costumes for the department productions, which includes direct supervision and training of undergraduate and graduate students in building and gathering costumes.

Essential Functions, Major Duties, and/or Accountabilities:
  • Designs costumes for department productions which includes direct supervision and training of undergraduate and graduate students in building and gathering costumes
  • Instructs students in costume construction, alterations, and wardrobe maintenance for stage and screen. Trains students in basic and advanced sewing and costuming skills. Devises hands-on projects for students in production studio and costume design courses.
  • Consults with design team on the feasibility of the show designs to determine what will be built, purchased, thrifted, borrowed, rented, or taken from stock.
  • Assists the design team in research, design, shopping, etc., as appropriate for the needs of the show.
  • Translates design sketches into three-dimensional costume form.
  • Drafts or drapes patterns for costume construction and oversees the construction and/or acquisition of costume pieces.
  • Consults with designer on fabric choice and estimates the yardage required. Supervises preparation, dying, lining, and assembly of costumes.
  • Fits resulting patterns and costumes to actors and makes adjustments to meet the needs of the actor and the show.
  • Subsequent to the creation of the costumes, organizes and supervises running and wardrobe crews during dress rehearsals and performances.
  • Sets work schedules and records work hours and tasks undertaken.
  • During the run of the shows, assists with hair styling and makeup.
  • Arranges or performs maintenance of costumes between and during shows.
  • Maintains the costume collection: sorts, labels, sizes, organizes, and inventories the collection. Keeps records of past shows and actor measurements.
  • Maintains a working shop; orders sewing supplies and notions, accessories, and costume pieces.
  • Maintains, cleans and makes basic repairs on sewing machines, industrial irons and steamers.
  • Keeps an up-to-date collection of costume sources and catalogs.
  • Purchases needed garments and accessories at rummage sales and thrift shops. Invites, receives, and acknowledges donations of costume items from alumni and the community. Supervises costume loans and returns for classes and selected community events.
  • Assists design team in demonstrations, lectures, or other projects on campus or in the community. Serves as a costume consultant for design students, student projects, and other campus events.
  • Adapts to extremely variable hours (may include evenings, nights and weekends depending on the demands of the production).
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • Supervises full-time and part-time assistant costume shop supervisors.

Special Requirements of the Position:
  • Variable hours are required.  May include evenings, nights and weekends depending on the demands of the production.


Graduation from an accredited institution with a master's degree in the subject matter or closely related area and one year of experience related to the summary of duties; or any combination of education and/or experience related to the summary of duties totaling seven years.

  • Working knowledge of all aspects of the theatre process – production and technical, as well as performance.
  • Thorough understanding of the costume design and construction processes and all the related aspects, and how they relate to the overall theatre production process.
  • Extensive knowledge of clothing and theatrical practices.  
  • Excellent communication skills – written, oral, visual.  
  • Strong organizational skills.• Strong computer skills.
  • Ability to work productively under severe time pressures and meet deadlines.

This position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to the position.
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