- Production Apprentice, Costumes

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Production Apprentice, Costumes


Juilliard: Apprentices are trained as Assistant Costume Designers. They work directly with professional Costume Designers and Costume Shop Staff on numerous productions.

Category Costume designer/stylist  Production Assistant  Wardrober / Stylist 
Location Greater New York City Area
Time Period Unknown
Posted Date May 01, 2023
Start Date Aug 07, 2023
End Date N/A

Job Description

The Professional Apprentice Program is a training ground to provide learning and teaching opportunities for Apprentices during their time at the School. The Program recruits a talented group of people to take part in an intensive, hands-on experience, participating in a variety of roles from daily administrative activities to production operations. Apprentices will participate in workshops, discussions and/or other opportunities that will support, develop, and expand on the skills to help them succeed within the workplace and their chosen career paths.

For a description of all apprentice roles for the 23-24 season, please refer to the Apprentice Page on the Juilliard Website.  

This is a full-time position. Apprentices are trained as Assistant Costume Designers. They work directly with professional Costume Designers and Costume Shop Staff on numerous productions. Duties include: swatching, pulling, sourcing, shopping, rental coordination, paperwork and tracking, calendar management, coordinating and attending fittings, rehearsal and tech support, and budget management.

Salary: $16-$17.75 per hour or a contract of $24,320 - $29,820 annual (dependent on agreed contract dates)

Role Responsibilities:
  • Work one on one with Costume Designers and the Juilliard technical staff, playing a vital role in the daily operations of the Costume Shop
  • Reports daily to Costume Shop and Wardrobe Management to include: Costume Shop Supervisor, Assistant Costume Shop Supervisor, Costume Design Coordinator, Costume Shop Office Manager, Wardrobe Supervisor, Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor.
  • Reports frequently to the Director of the Apprentice Program.
  • Function as Costume Design Assistants supporting Costume Designers and the Costume Shop with duties that may include but are not limited to:
  • Build and maintain show bibles (print and digital).
  • Prepare and maintain show racks.
  • Swatch and purchase all fabrics, trims and notions for built garments.
  • Pull as needed from costume stock.
  • Shop as needed locally and online.
  • Procure, document, track and return all rented costumes as needed.
  • Maintain paperwork such as: pieces lists, plots, rental tracking, build packets, yardage estimates, rehearsal items inventories, fitting and dress rehearsal notes, wardrobe check in sheets.
  • Track and maintain show budgets under the supervision of the Design Coordinator, Office Manager and Shop Supervisor.
  • Monitor rehearsal reports and support all rehearsal costume requests under the supervision of Costume Shop and Wardrobe Supervisors.
  • Coordinate the scheduling of all costume fittings.
  • Attend, support and document all fittings and take notes on the alterations required.
  • Collect and monitor all alterations.
  • Attend run-throughs as needed.
  • Attend all dress rehearsals for assigned shows.
Additional Possible Responsibilities (as needed & agreed upon):
  • Costume construction and alterations.
  • Craft work and Millinery.
  • Wardrobe run crew.
Minimum Requirements:
  • All apprentices will need basic knowledge of the craft they intend to pursue. As such, we are asking for any of the following training: Bachelor’s Degree towards related field; Related professional experience or transferable skills; A combination of educational, professional experience, or transferable skills.
  • Ability to contribute to the process in a fast paced environment
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Self motivated, responsible and creative
Preferred Background:
  • Undergraduate degree focused on theatrical costumes.
  • One to Two years of professional or collegiate costume experience
  • Work experience with at least two professional theaters.
  • Professional Assistant Design experience.
  • Working knowledge of costume history.
  • Computer proficiency including Microsoft Office and G Suite applications
Apprentice Application Process:
Application materials must include:
  • Resume
  • If applicable, please include a website link or other social media that showcases your work.
  • Cover Letter
  • Please state the role that interests you. Describe your reasons for pursuing an apprenticeship and how it relates to your career goals. Please include information about yourself that may not be immediately apparent from the review of your resume.
If one of our hiring managers is interested in interviewing you, we will ask for three (3) professional letters of reference. Please reach out to if you have any questions about the process.

Please note that all application submissions must include a cover letter. No applications will be considered without a cover letter. 

Job Type Intern  Full Time 
Weekly Limit N/A
Shift Day
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