Costume Shop Manager

  • Full Time
  • Seattle

Website Seattle Shakespeare Company

Position Title: Costume Shop Manager

Reports To: Production Manager

Department: Production

With the plays of William Shakespeare at our core, Seattle Shakespeare Company engages our audiences, our artists, and our community in the universal human experience inherent in classic drama through the vitality, immediacy, and intimacy of live performance and dynamic outreach programs.

Position Summary: This position manages a shared costume shop space and costume stock for Seattle Shakespeare and Book-It Repertory Theatre, which produce 8 mainstage shows, 5 touring productions, and 2 summer touring productions each year. Seattle Shakespeare will be the full time employer and supervisor for this position, with work contracted to Book-It.

The Costume Shop Manager is responsible for the management of an integrated theatrical costume stock, ensuring that items are properly stored and maintained. They support designers to fulfill the design needs of each show and ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible through helping to identify existing items, help provide items for use in rehearsal, conduct up to date measurements of performers, and maintain a clean and usable workspace in the shop. The Costume Shop Manager supports performers by providing an inclusive and supportive environment for taking measurements and aiding in fittings if needed. They will aid in problem solving issues that may arise in fit, mending, and item replacement during a run. The Costume Shop Manager further supports Production by aiding in recruiting and training wardrobe staff for each production and ensuring smooth costume load-in and load-out processes. 

Job Location: The costume shop is located in the Seattle Center Armory Building near the Center Theatre space. Costume Shop Manager will also be required to go to offsite rehearsal spaces as needed for delivery of rehearsal items and costumes for fittings or picking up costumes to return to the theatre. This is an in-person position.

Compensation: Seattle Shakespeare has a banded pay structure where this position and its company peers are paid $24.25/hour (approx. $44k/year for this 35 hr/week position). Benefits include medical and vision insurance, paid vacation, and paid holidays. Hours are flexible with the exception of performance needs. 

To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to jocelynef@seattleshakespeare.org. 

Position Closing Date: All applications will be reviewed as they are received, and we hope to find a good fit by mid-October 2022.

Essential Functions Include:

Shop and Stock 

  • Restocking, culling, and maintaining an organized costume stock
  • Ensure stock belonging to each company is labeled and easily identified
  • Ensure the shop space is neat and orderly
  • Ensure items are laundered in a timely fashion and appropriate to the garment’s needs
  • Maintaining the key sets for the space and distributing as necessary
  • Identify shop equipment needs and ensure the maintenance of any shop equipment or tools i.e. sewing machines, scissors, irons etc.
  • Maintain stock of basic materials including thread, needles, snaps, skins etc. 
  • Coordinate and help with any borrows/rentals of costumes to other groups or organizations
  • Accurately track costume loans and rentals and report any needed invoicing to the bookkeepers of the appropriate company – Book-It or Seattle Shakespeare 

Pre-Production and During Show Runs

  • Create a designated space for each show to be built and stored 
  • Work with production teams to gather performer measurements in a timely manner
  • Pull and provide for any rehearsal costume needs
  • Aid incoming costume designers to navigate stock and pull requested items as needed
  • Coordinate any costume transfer needs between rehearsal spaces and the costume shop
  • Hire stitchers on a show-by-show basis when required
  • Aid with fittings and alterations as needed
  • Hire and train Wardrobe Supervisors for each show
  • Label costumes for the run of the show
  • Load in and set up dressing rooms prior to tech
  • Attend production meetings or tech as requested. (Advanced notice will be given if attendance is required)
  • Laundering and dry-cleaning costumes as needed during the run
  • Facilitating the restyling of wigs if needed (Ability to style wigs not required for this position)
  • Coordinate invoices for payment of contracted workers (design assistants, stitchers, wig masters).

Post-Production 

  • Load costumes out from dressing rooms
  • Post-strike dry cleaning and laundering
  • Organize the costumes used in the show and coordinate the returns of borrowed items
  • Restock costumes used in the show
  • Cull any items not being kept
  • Perform any mending required for items returning to stock

Essential Qualifications: 

  • Experience in costume design or wardrobe maintenance
  • Experience with garment care and/or repair
  • Understanding of the operations of a professional acting company and a professional theatre environment
  • An appreciation for the variety of forms bodies come in and desire to ensure best garment fits for any and all performers and their forms
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and project management skills allowing you to track multiple projects at a time
  • The ability to manage shifting priorities and changing project needs
  • Ability to work independently while maintaining deadlines
  • A collaborative approach and ability to maintain a positive shop atmosphere
  • A commitment to anti-racism and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion practices and ideologies

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fluency in Excel, Word, Outlook, Dropbox, Zoom
  • Advanced sewing skills a plus

Physical requirements:

  • Ability to lift and carry loads of clothing (50 pounds)
  • Ability to climb a ladder, balance, and reach with hands and arms 
  • Comfort with heights
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards.
  • While performing duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, stand, sit, and talk or hear. Hands are often needed to finger, grasp, handle, feel or operate small objects or controls. 
  • Hand-eye coordination capabilities necessary to operate computers and sewing machinery.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

COVID-19 Considerations: Book-It Repertory Theatre and Seattle Shakespeare Company require a COVID-19 vaccination for in-person business. All employees are required to present proof of vaccination status upon hire.

Are you interested in the work, but unsure if you qualify? We want to hear from you! Did you know that global majority populations, women, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community are less likely to apply for jobs where they don’t meet 100% of the qualifications? We know we are a stronger company when we share a variety of perspectives, so we’d love to hear yours.

To apply for this job email your details to jocelynef@seattleshakespeare.org