The Costume Shop Manager is responsible for managing the Costume Shop operations, overseeing all day-to-day shop activities including personnel, equipment, supplies, inventory, workroom and costume storage areas, and costume rentals. The Costume Shop Manager works under the Production and Technical Director to establish and maintain expense budgets; supervise designers; and hire and supervise costume shop personnel, including contracted labor. Ensures the costume design, construction, wardrobe, laundry, wigs and make up needs are successfully met for each main stage production or event in a year-round equity non-profit theatre company.
• Oversees and manages costume shop operations, costume stock inventory and rentals
• Recruits, hires, trains and supervises costume staff and contracted labor
• Schedules and attends costume measurements and costume fittings
• Attends all production meetings, rehearsals and performances relevant to costumes
• Ensures the execution of costumes meet the needs of the designer, actor, production and construction standards, as well as the budget
• Sources, purchases or rents costume items and general shop supplies as needed for each production or designer
• Develops and manages costume budgets and costume databases
• Oversees and manages the wardrobe department operations and inventory
• Recruits, hires, trains, and supervises wardrobe department staff and contracted labor
• Ensures all hair, make up, wardrobe and laundry needs are met for all productions
• Builds collaborative relationships
• Develops talent and teams
• Manages through processes and systems
• Accountability for people and budgets
• Deals with change effectively
• All work is performed with a direct reflection of the Mission, Vision and Values of ZACH Theatre.
• Designs costumes as needed for events, photo shoots and holiday shows and other design opportunities as they arise
• Patterns and sews as required per production
• Employs safe practices in all aspects of Costumes and Wardrobe operations
• Other Duties as assigned by management
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Must be able to work nights, weekends and holidays as required, perform work on a computer, lift up to 40 lbs., climb stairs or ladders, push or pull heavy objects, reach overhead, tolerate exposure to metals and common laundry chemicals, interact and work closely with other staff members, actors and designers in an active and open workspace or in dimly lit areas backstage.
EDUCATION, LICENSURE, CERTIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
• High school diploma required
• Minimum of 4 years costume shop experience
• 2+ years of management experience, including budgeting or applicable Master degree
• Valid Class C Driver’s License
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
• Working knowledge of fabric types, fabric dyes, paints, costume design, costume construction, costume history, draping, tailoring, pattern making, sewing and the costume fitting process
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office including MS Excel, Word and Access
• Working knowledge in the operation of a sewing machine, serger, steamer, industrial gravity iron, top and front-loading washing machines and dryers
• Demonstrated organizational, planning, budgeting skills
• Demonstrated skills in executing costume designs within a budget
• Demonstrated skills in managing, hiring and developing staff
• Demonstrated skills in directing others and building effective teams
• Demonstrated skills in managing vision and purpose
• Demonstrated verbal, quantitative and command skills
• Demonstrated skills in costume rentals, costume research, sourcing and purchases
• Demonstrated skills with wardrobe costume care, cleaning and maintenance
• Ability to anticipate and plan for future growth
• Ability to work quickly and accurately with attention to detail
• Ability to work independently and as a team member
• Ability to set deadlines, prioritize, manage projects, be flexible and multitask
• Ability to interact with all levels of the theatre and production staff.
• Ability to learn, apply costume database software for each production.
• Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing
To apply: Please send your resume and examples of your work to email@example.com. You may also voluntarily self-identify in the following categories in a cover letter or note that you include in your email:
Gender: Woman, Man, Genderqueer/Gender non-binary, prefer to self-describe
Pronouns: Please include your preferred pronouns.
Ethnicity: Hispanic or Latino, White (not Hispanic or Latino) Black or African American (not Hispanic or Latino), Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander (not Hispanic or Latino), Asian (not Hispanic or Latino), Native American or Alaska Native (not Hispanic or Latino), Two or more races (not Hispanic or Latino)
Actor’s Equity Association has set up strict guidelines that must be followed to allow Equity Actors members to work in future productions. ZACH is intending to operate as a fully vaccinated workplace per the guidance issued by Actors Equity.