ASSISTANT COSTUME SHOP MANAGER
REPORTS TO: Costume Shop Manager
JOB TYPE: Full Time, Seasonal (July – April), Exempt
START DATE: ASAP
The Rep is the St. Louis region’s most honored live professional theatre company. Founded in 1966, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is a fully professional theatrical operation belonging to the League of Resident Theatres, The League of St. Louis Theatres and is a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group, Inc., the national service organization for the not-for-profit professional theatre.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR STATEMENT
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is committed to elevating and celebrating our shared humanity through transformational live theatre and programs that cultivate community. The Rep is going through a significant season of evolution. This is a moment of intentional internal evaluation, expansion and reinvestment in the creation, access, and impact of our work. We believe in dynamic, welcoming, bold, innovative art with exceptional production quality and craftsmanship. We believe diversity is a value in every sector of our theatre and center the idea of lifelong learning off and on the stage. There has never been a better time to join The Rep family. We are looking for an Assistant Costume Shop Manager that embraces these values and seeks to be a thought-leading voice as we build strong, sustainable, equitable processes to support exceptional artistry. I believe in the fundamental power of our artform to transform lives and community. As Artistic Director, I welcome you to bring the whole of your ingenuity, your dreams, and your talents to the theatre. Let’s craft the future of the American Theatre together.
-Hana S. Sharif
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis creates bridges between people in the St. Louis region and beyond through expertly crafted theatrical experiences that are joyful, unique, inspiring and thought-provoking.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis will be a welcoming home where a full spectrum of artists and audiences courageously engage with one another and expand their appreciation and understanding of the world.
- Collective Excellence
- Equity and Anti-Racism
- Resource Stewardship for Sustainability and Growth
- Life-long learning
Under the direction of the Costume Shop Manager, the Assistant Costume Shop Manager serves as a key member of The Repertory Theatre St. Louis (LORT B) Production Department. Seeking an experienced, motivated individual to assist the Costume Shop Manager in providing leadership and supervision of the costume team made up of full-time staff and overhires. Participate in fittings, designer runs, and other technical rehearsals to assist the Costume Shop Manager. In collaboration with the Costume Shop Manager, support the procurement of all materials, shopping, and errands as needed. Participate in shop builds as a stitcher as needed and support the load in and strike of all productions, rentals, and other events.
The Repertory Theatre St. Louis is committed to creating a culturally diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Work directly with the Costume Shop Manager to support the administrative functionalities of the costume shop including expense tracking, receipt submission, shop documentation, and other general administrative paperwork.
- Manages and maintains the costume shop work area, costume stock (by restocking from productions and unused costumes) and fitting areas. Keeping the shop clean and orderly to help maximize productivity.
- Creates a workable space of show racks with diddy bags and rack dividers for designer to pull and organize costumes. Pulls all items for fittings and rehearsals at the direction of the Costume Shop Manager.
- Ensure that the costume shop work environments, fittings, quick change spaces, and all other workspaces and activities under the costume departments purview are inclusive, and respectful for performers, designers, and staff. Maintain discretion and diplomacy in all activities to ensure that individuals feel supported and safe.
- Assists with costume construction and alterations as needed.
- Attends and takes notes during all scheduled production meetings, designer run-thru’s and full-dress tech rehearsals; attends all required staff meetings, costume measurements and fittings for scheduled stage productions and events.
- At the direction of the Costume Shop Manager, attends technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and previews.
- In coordination with the Costume Shop Manager facilitates the daily opening and closing of the shop in rotation.
- In coordination with the Costume Shop Manager, project and track expenses for each production.
ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Demonstrated professional experience in non-profit regional theatre, LORT theatre in a costume department; or a combination of equivalent experience and training.
- Commitment to creating and maintaining an equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist environment that values diversity and centers excellence.
- Ability to work independently, exercising judgment and discretion, while demonstrating initiative in the performance of all job duties allowing employees to work on their own and make decisions.
- Knowledge of costume and fashion history to make informed evaluations of designs for productions.
- Knowledge of sewing, patterning, and tailoring techniques to advise and evaluate staff.
- Knowledge of peers in industry to create ongoing creative networking.
- Knowledge of shopping techniques including catalogue, internet and New York/LA fabric resources to effectively accomplish production needs and designer requests.
- Must be able to operate industrial and domestic sewing machines.
- Demonstrated skills of costume construction, sewing, alterations and costume fitting process Demonstrated skills in assisting costume designers with costume stock pulling, fittings, costume rentals, costume research and purchases.
- Demonstrated oral and written communication and organizational skills.
- Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in oral and written communication on an interpersonal or group level.
- With advanced notice, ability to work a flexible schedule including morning, evening, and weekend hours.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Ability to access all technical spaces in the theater.
- Ability to operate a computer.
- Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs., climb ladder, push or pull heavy objects, reach overhead.
- Should be able to tolerate exposure to metals and common laundry chemicals.
- Should be able to interact closely with other staff members, actors, designers and other employees in an active open workspace or dimly lit areas backstage.
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