Title Costume Shop Manager
Organization St. Edward’s University
Closing Date
Location Austin, TX

Mary Moody Northen Theatre/Department of Performing Arts
St. Edward’s University of Austin, Texas invites applications for the position of Costume Shop Manager. The Costume Shop Manager is a key member of the Mary Moody Northen Theatre production team. This role is responsible for, facilitates, and oversees the daily shop operations and the production of all costumes and hair/makeup elements for the MMNT/Department of Performing Arts’ Costume Shop. This includes leading and supervising the production process, construction, procurement and the realization of the costume and wig/makeup designs for the Mary Moody Northen Theatre’s season of four productions and special events. The Costume Shop Manager works closely with the design faculty to establish the needs of theater students and design classes. There are potential opportunities for this role to teach a course and/or serve as a production costume designer.

Mary Moody Northen Theatre (MMNT) is the producing arm of the St. Edward’s University Department of Performing Arts. MMNT operates under a University-Resident Theatre Agreement (U/RTA) with Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers. MMNT is a member of the Theatre Communications Group. This position will begin Monday, September 25, 2023

For consideration, the applicant must possess a BFA or BA in costume design/technology or related field and a minimum of three years of professional experience managing a costume shop or related experience in theatrical costume design/technology. Knowledge of costume history, construction techniques and fabric required. Experience in the supervision of costume construction and crafts required. Professional experience in costume technology, specifically: cutting, pattern making, draping, basic/advanced stitching and tailoring. Ability to work quickly and accurately with attention to detail. Flexible, focused and well-organized team leader. Knowledge of Actors’ Equity Association preferred. Previous management and supervisory experience strongly preferred. Ability to comply with workplace guidelines and policies, including safety and Title IX protocols. Successful completion of an employment and/or criminal history background check required. Successful candidate will be required to work outside of normal business hours.

Essential Responsibilities Include:

• Collaborates with the MMNT Resident Director, and staff while working closely with the costume design faculty and guest costume designers with regard to all MMNT costume production elements, planning, and execution. The shop manager ensures that all costume elements are delivered within the schedule.
• Establishes and follows the production calendar, shop schedule, protocols, and procedures in concert with the MMNT staff, faculty, and guest designers.
• Supervises and mentors students in shop-related processes and projects.
• Is responsible for the management and supervision of new builds from the design stage through the completion of the costume.
• Is responsible for the management and supervision of builds in all areas of crafting, painting, dyeing, and millinery projects as needed.
• Assigns and supervises the construction of costumes/accessories and related work to over-hire and costume shop student employees.
• Collaborates with hair and makeup guest designers for MMNT productions from sketch to finished product.
• Attends costume parades, quick-change rehearsals, and dress rehearsals. Gives appropriate notes when applicable.
• Trains, manages, and serves as technical advisor for student dressers and wardrobe running crews for all MMNT productions.
• Orchestrates dress rehearsal and strike in collaboration with production personnel and shop staff.
• Mentors and manages beginner-level students in the lab portion of the costume skills course.
• Maintains a safe working environment and implements current professional standards and quality control for the Costume Shop.
• Provides all rehearsal costume pieces, as requested by Stage Management.
• Schedules and assists with costume fittings, measurements, and costume/hair-related appointments for the cast.


• Reports to the MMNT Managing Director on all budgetary and operational needs for the costume shop.
• Oversees and tracks costume and hair/makeup production expenses and ensures all expenses are within the constraints of the given budget.
• Hires, trains, and instructs student costume shop employees and production over-hire. Supervises the costume shop employees and over-hire productivity and thoroughness.
• Effectively communicates and cooperates with designers and the production team, articulating the shop’s ability to deliver designs.
• Assists with resource allocation as needed and purchases items as requested by designers. Shops costumes, fabrics, and accessories when necessary.
• Creates a positive and supportive work environment while mentoring students.
• Attends Performing Arts Faculty and Staff meetings and Design/Tech meetings.
• Supervises the routine maintenance of shop equipment and ordering of new equipment and supplies.
• Manages costume stock and processes rental requests when needed.
• Maintains production records and costume shop paperwork.
• Secures and drives university vehicles when necessary.
• Responsible for regulatory and policy compliance as it applies to the position.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

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The University offers an excellent TOTAL REWARDS package!
Medical & Rx Coverage – UMR (HSA & FSA Available)
Dental – Sunlife Dental
Vision – Sunlife Vision Plan
Short Term Disability (STD) Insurance
Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance
Life & Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Pet Insurance
Annual Leave & Paid Sick Leave
Retirement Plan – (TIAA) Employee 5%/Employer Match 7%
Tuition Benefits
Paid Holidays
Services & Discounts

Interested applicants should submit an online application at; https://stedwards.applicantpro.com. Please include resume, cover letter, and three employment references. No Calls Please. Applications will not be considered if it is missing any of these three items. If granted an interview candidates will be expected to present their portfolio.

In your cover letter, please describe your lived experiences that prepare you to contribute to diversity and inclusion at St. Edward’s University?

St. Edward’s University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward’s University is a private, Catholic liberal arts institution of more than 4,600 diverse students located in Austin, Texas. St. Edward’s emphasizes critical thinking and ethical practices, as well as small classes, personalized learning and exciting internship opportunities. The community atmosphere extends to the approximately 800 faculty and staff who work together to make the university a welcoming yet challenging environment for students. An overview of St. Edward’s University employee benefits is available at; https://www.stedwards.edu/human-resources/benefits-summary

We are not offering sponsorship at this time.

Background Checks:
A criminal history background check is required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

Reference #: J2020404

Posted: July 3, 2023

Available: September 25, 2023

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