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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

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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