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Costume Assistant
posted on June 11
by The Shakespeare Tavern

Please email your resume and two professional references to Anné Carole Butler at costumegoddess777@gmail.com


Basics:
Start date TBA mid to late July for training
At least 1-2 years’ experience in the costuming/costume shop experience
30-35 hours a week, especially weekend and some evenings, mostly day time.
Good sewing skills and attention to detail
Basic pattern-making skills.
A team player mindset: costume assistants work with directors, the stage manager and ASM, designers, actors, and volunteers to build and run a show and keep everyone safe on and off stage. This work requires an ability to see the big picture without relinquishing details and a cool head when conflict arises.

Additionally, applicant will be expected to:

- Be able to demonstrate color coordination and creative problem solving.
- Must be able to work unsupervised when the costume designer is working at her studio location.
- Work with the pulling assistant to pull costumes for each show according to the pulling list sent by costume designer. Note: costumes can be heavy!
- Be able to gain quick knowledge of costume shop stock by using previous show archives.
- Be present for every costume fitting and costume parade for all shows, generally held on weekends (10am-1pm on Saturdays or 1pm-5pm on Sundays) two times a month.
- Be present for tech rehearsal and dress rehearsal for all shows
- Be present at the strike of each show to take away previous costumes and move the next show in, generally after the last show on Sunday evening.
- Work with the Assistant Stage Manager to keep the dressing rooms stocked with in-show supplies
- Keep the downstairs shop organized and assist the pulling assistant in keeping the upstairs shop organized
- Assist the pulling assistant in restocking and disinfecting all costumes and shoes from previous show as soon as possible
- Check the current show's repairs list (a.k.a. the Boo-boo Board) daily and complete them in a timely manner
- Requires a basic knowledge of costume history and previous costume shop experience


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