Manage the costume shop and oversee costume construction and assembly for six to seven productions per academic year. May supervise student employees through the Federal Work Study program.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Teach students how to create costumes for productions through the interpretation of designer sketches by employing pattern making, draping, garment construction, fabric dyeing, fitting techniques, and alterations.
Oversee and assist in execution of all designs and other details for each actor. Set up measurement schedules and take measurements for all actors and dancers with the aid of a student, preferably during the first two weeks of the academic year.
Create and maintain an organizational system for all productions with the
design, technical, and budget information. Work with budgets for each show and produce work that is both economical and quality-driven.
Locate and pull costumes from storage and/or rent from other theaters in St. Louis. Shop locally or purchase online as needed. At the end of all productions, have all costumes washed or dry cleaned and returned to storage or returned to the appropriate theaters.
Arrange fittings or assist the stage manager with fitting schedule for each production. Perform or attend all fittings and take notes. Supervise students with setting up the costume racks for each show.
Communicate with the Lecturer in Costume Design via phone, email or in-person on a schedule you both find helpful. Attend production meetings as needed. Read rehearsal reports and provide rehearsal costumes and accessories as needed.
Attend dress rehearsals as needed. Train wardrobe crews from the Drama 212: Introduction to Theater Production course for each production and ensure that show maintenance occurs. Attend strikes upon show closing.
Supervise students with maintenance of the costume shop and costume storage. Set up work-study studentsâ™ schedules at the beginning of each semester and approve their timesheets every two weeks. Supervise students with creating a calendar that includes wet tech, production runs, and academic calendar for both semesters at the beginning of the academic year.
Go through the supplies checklist twice a year, order new supplies accordingly and assist with the budget for costume shop expenditures. Submit all receipts for shop supplies and productions to the department administration.
Perform other duties as assigned.
This is a ten month annual period for the months August-May.
Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design and teaching experience. Previous supervisory experience.
The skills needed for patterning, cutting, construction, altering, and costume crafts. Strong management and organizational skills, and the ability to multi-task. You must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and experience working with a diverse community. You must be sensitive to your studentsâ™ needs. Be willing to teach courses that coincide with the Lecturer in Costume Design.
May require obtaining a Class E Driverâ™s License.
Bachelor of Arts in a related field, three years professional costume construction experience.
$21.60 - $33.45 / HourlyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.
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