Alliance Theatre: The Costume Director is an experienced, motivated individual responsible for leading and managing the staff and all operations of the Costume, Crafts, and Wardrobe departments and producing all aspects of costumes as the designer envisions; all within allocated resources.
Essential duties include:
• Create & oversee the annual budget for the Costume department
• Maintain records of expenses on each project
• Keep within budget
• Recruit, hire & manage shop staff & additional labor
• Plan long range improvements of facilities, equipment & personnel
• Analyze designs to determine if they can be built within budget, time & personnel allocations
• Interpret designs for construction technique & fabric needs
• Skills as a draper/patternmaker and ability to consult on construction methods
• Assist Designer in accumulating all necessary goods for the costumes
• Determine scheduling of staff and build periods
• Apprise Production Manager & Designer of budget status
• Serve as liaison between Costume staff & other theatre staff
• Coordinate fitting schedules with Stage Manager
• Supervise creation of show paperwork including wardrobe and show packets
• Oversee maintenance of costumes during performance runs
• Oversee dressing rooms
• Maintain shop supplies, equipment & space
• Oversee all costume rentals
• Attend all Production meetings, tech note sessions, run throughs, tech & dress rehearsals, and necessary preview performances
• Oversee general safety and compliance with safety regulations
• Utilize high level organization and ability to multitask
• Possess computer skills using Microsoft Office including Excel and Outlook
• Participate in achieving the artistic goals of the Alliance Theatre
• Substantial experience in theatrical costume shops; prior experience in managerial position
• Machines, tools, equipment, etc.: ability to use and experience with power sewing machines, steam generator iron system, laundry machines, computers, car, standard sewing related sewing equipment
• Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position. Necessary accommodations can be made.
• Ability to drive a car
• Ability to sit and stand for long periods of time
• Able to work a traditional theatre schedule sometime inclusive of nights and weekends.
• Ability to work in an environment which requires the use of a personal computer 60% of the time; ability to perform repetitive motion of the fingers, hands and wrists.
Other abilities: good organizational, managerial, interpersonal, listening, and communication skills; ability to coordinate effectively; good time management and workflow methods; computer skills; ability to stay calm under pressure.