American Shakespeare Center
Staunton, VA

Expires: 06/07/18

Job Dates

April 15, 2018 to ongoing.


30,000 yearly plus benefits and housing. biweekly

The American Shakespeare Center is seeking a Costume Shop Manager for year round employment. We have three seasons in residence producing 10 shows a year, reping two to four shows at a time and one touring season, with three to four shows. 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. Visit http://www.americanshakespearecenter.com for more info on our space and what we do.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Oversee costume shop,and assist with fittings as needed.

Assist designers with construction when needed to complete builds and to ensure costumes are as complete as possible before load in.

Maintain costume shop supplies, notions, budget and equipment, scheduling yearly machine tuneups before summer build season.

Coordinate with wardrobe manager to ensure all pieces are labeled before load in.

Supervise Costume Shop staff and arrange overhire when needed.

Supervise interns and direct workflow that best supports build schedule.

Coordinate costume fitting schedules, rehearsal needs, and performance notes with Stage Management in accordance with Equity rules

Coordinate with Designers on purchases and materials.

Collaborate with Wardrobe Manager for the smooth transition of costumes from shop to dress rehearsals.

Attend dress rehearsals; work with Designers, Wardrobe Manager, Stage Management to ensure completion of costume notes

Coordinate with Designers to ensure costume lists and care sheets are up to date and accurate.

Coordinate with Wardrobe on season strikes and dry cleaning pickup/return.

Attend and participate in production meetings

Submit purchasing paperwork; consistently and accurately track costumes expenditures within budget and procedure parameters

Oversee safety of those working in costume shop. Actively participate in and promote a culture of job safety at all times.

Provide support for special events or company projects as needed

Research, acquire and maintain SDS for products stored and used in the costume shop.

Coordinate with Wardrobe for strike and restock as needed throughout season.

Update and maintain stock organization as needed.


Mastery of costume construction, fabrication techniques; knowledge of cutting, draping and patterning, costume and fashion history

Ability to manage multiple, overlapping productions and projects, and personalities with grace. Experience with repertory settings a plus

Prior experience working with Equity actors; knowledge of AEA wardrobe guidelines

Basic wig styling and maintenance.

Computer proficiency

Minimum of 2 years professional experience as Costume Shop Manager or equivalent

Excellent interpersonal, organizational, collaborative, communication, and leadership skills

Valid Drivers license and vehicle.

Please send resume, references and any questions you may have to jessica.vanessen@americanshakespearecenter.com


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Business Address

10 S. Market St.

Blackfriars Theatre

Staunton, VA 24401

Posted: 12/07/2017 11:21:39 EST

Last Updated: 11/02/2016 10:01 EST

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