American Shakespeare Center
Staunton, VA

Expires: 06/30/18

Job Dates

Varies by Show (generally between April to September)


$250 a week plus housing biweekly

Intern/Stitcher, (start/end dates are flexible by show/availability but generally contracts fall between April 1 and Sept 1), $250 a week, housing provided.
The American Shakespeare Center is seeking interns/stitchers for their summer build season. From April to September, we build and produce our Summer/Fall Repertory Season and our Tour Season, 7 shows in total. Each show has a 3 to 4 week build period and a dress rehearsal before preview performances. Each show is a combination of pulled and built costumes, the exact ratio varies depending on style and period of production. Come build beautiful costumes with us, for one of the most unique theatres in the US.
Our beautiful theatre is the worlds only recreation of Shakespeares indoor theatre and uses original staging conditions, relying on costumes and props to tell the technical elements of the stories.

Costume Shop Intern/Stitcher Requirements:
Basic sewing skills (buttons, basic hand sewing, basic home machine sewing)
Enthusiasm for Costumes and Shakespeare
Positive attitude
Ability to follow directions and assemble garments based on instructions given.
Familiarity with common alterations (pant alterations, hems, sleeves)
Work with reasonable speed to complete assignments in a timely fashion, our build periods are not long
Helpful, but not necessary:
Cutting/Pattern layout experience
Familiarity with period design
Familiarity with industrial sewing machines/irons
Duties Expected of Intern/Stitchers:
Work with Designer/Assistant to the Designer to assemble builds for production
Prep fabric for cleaning/press fabric in preparation for cutting
Flatline/Serge pieces of garment before assembly
Assist Designers and Assistants to transport costumes between Costume shop and Theatre
Assist Designers and Assistants to restock/return overpull costumes to stock
Work with Designers/Assistants on crafting/altering costume craft pieces for productions, including but not limited to hats, crowns, gloves, footwear, leather pieces, armor and chainmail.
Assist with dress rehearsals as needed
Work with Wardrobe/Designers to ensure everything is labeled correctly before load-in
To Apply, visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com/education/internships/


Jessica Van Essen

Costume Shop Manager/Designer



Business Address

10 S. New St.

Blackfriars Theatre

Staunton, VA 24401

Posted: 02/17/2018 17:53:00 EST

Last Updated: 02/19/2018 13:09 EST

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