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Position: Assistant Supervisor - Costume Shop

Grade Department Position type: Position Number
12 2NF – Department not found Full-time A97450


Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Costume Shop Supervisor, Technical Director, and the Chair of the Department of Theatrical Arts, will assist in department productions including costume construction, costume design and shop management.


Essential Functions, Major Duties, and/or Accountabilities:
  • Assists the costume shop supervisor in managing department productions which includes supervision and training of undergraduate students in building and gathering costumes.   
  • Mentors students in costume construction, alterations, and wardrobe maintenance for stage and screen.
  • Mentors students in basic and advanced sewing and costuming skills. Devises hands-on projects for students in production studio and costume design courses.   
  • Consults with the costume shop supervisor 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.      
  • Assists costume shop supervisor and/or designer organize and supervise running and wardrobe crews during dress rehearsals and performances. Sets work schedules.          
  • Records work hours and tasks undertaken. 
  • During the run of the shows, may assist with hair styling and makeup.   
  • Arranges for 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.        
  • Supervises costume loans and returns for classes and selected community events.     
  • Advises Costume Shop Supervisor, Technical Director and Department Chairman on the hiring of and assignment of work study students and theatre students working in the shop and on productions and on the attendance and work ethic of these students. 
  • Serves as a costume consultant for design students, student projects, and other campus events.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • N/A.   

Special Requirements of the Position:
  • Schedule will include evenings, nights and weekends depending on the demands of the production.   

       


Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited institution with an associates degree in Theatre (Costume, Technical, or Design) or a related field; or any combination of education and/or experience related to the position summary totaling a minimum of two years.    

  • Knowledge and experience in supervision and training of undergraduate and graduate students in building and gathering costumes. 
  • Knowledge and experience instructing students in costume construction, alterations, and wardrobe maintenance for stage and screen.
  • Ability to train students in basic and advanced sewing and costuming skills; and in devising hands-on projects for students in production studio and costume design courses. 
  • Ability to consult with design team on the feasibility of the show designs to determine what will be built, purchased, thrifted, borrowed, rented, or taken from stock. 
  • Ability to translate design sketches into dimensional costume form, create patterns, acquire materials, and to carry projects through to timely completion. 
  • Ability to organize, set work schedules and supervise wardrobe crews during dress rehearsals and performances; recording work hours and tasks undertaken. 
  • Ability to perform or supervisor the maintenance of costumes between and during shows; as well as the ongoing maintenance and inventorying of the costume collection. 
  • Ability and experience in maintaining a working shop; orders sewing supplies and notions, accessories, and costume pieces; maintaining, cleaning and making basic repairs on sewing machines, industrial irons and steamers; keeping an up-to-date collection of costume sources and catalogs. 
  • Knowledge and experience in purchasing needed garments and accessories at rummage sales and thrift shops. Invites, receives, and acknowledges donations of costume items from alumni and the community.
  • Ability to work under the constraints of a limited budget of both time and money. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse personalities. 
  • Ability to adapt to extremely variable hours and remain calm under stressful circumstances.   

Disclaimer:
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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