Costume Shop Manager
REPORTS TO: Director of Production
JOB TYPE: Full Time, Year Around
START DATE: July 2022
SALARY RANGE: $65,000 annual
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 life-long learning off and on the stage. There has never been a better time to join The Rep family. We are looking for a 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
MISSION, VISION, AND VALUES
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Under the direction of the Director of Production, the Costume Shop Manager serves as a key member of The Repertory Theatre St. Louis (LORT B) Production Department. Seeking an experienced, motivated individual to oversee The Costume Department, providing leadership and supervision of the costume team made up of full-time staff and overhires. The Costume Shop Manager is responsible for supporting the artistic vision of the director and designers as it relates to planning, budgeting, and managing costume elements and personnel for productions and artistic programming. Based on the production needs, the Costume Shop Manager will create and execute a plan to realize the costume design collaboratively and creatively, ensuring all costumes, crafts, and wigs are completed in a timely and fiscally responsible fashion.
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
PRODUCTION AND DESIGNER COMMUNICATIONS
Provide and promote the flow of clear communication between Guest Artists, Designers, and the Rep STL’s various departments and personnel within them to ensure the successful integration of a show’s technical elements.
Work with the Creative Team and Director of Production to manage and maximize the artistic impact of financial resources by evaluating costume designs to determine show needs and cost estimates for materials, labor, rentals, and outsourcing.
Acts as the liaison between Stage Management and Costume stakeholders including scheduling fittings, responding to rehearsal requests and following through on production notes.
Attend all design presentations, meetings, rehearsals and run-throughs as designated by the Director of Production.
PERSONAL AND BUDGET OVERSIGHT
Supervise and manage assigned budgets for costume materials and labor. Keep all financial records up to date, discuss with Director of Production any possible overages, and ensure each production's needs are met and executed within the budgetary parameters while maintaining quality.
Recruit, hire, train and orient costume staff and designers to costume shop procedures and protocols.
Foster the development of the costume team with formal reviews, periodic feedback, and training opportunities.
Maintain and promote a safe work environment by following and enforcing all safety regulations, providing safety equipment, and advising on safety-related policies and decisions.
Ensure that the costume shop work environments, fittings, quick-change spaces, and all other workspaces and activities under the costume department's 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.
In coordination with the Assistant Costume Shop Manager, project and track expenses for each production.
Ensure all relevant show files are up to date and maintained throughout the season.
Organize and prepare information for daily Costume Shop operations.
Collaborate with Shopper/Buyer to ensure materials are purchased in a timely and resource-efficient manner.
ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Demonstrated professional experience in non-profit regional theatre, LORT theatre in a lighting or video 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.
- Experience in preparing budgets, labor estimates, building calendars, and staffing schedules.
- Successful candidates will be adept at managing competing priorities, navigating emergent challenges, and proactively identifying and mitigating risk.
- Strong project management skills that demonstrate the ability to deliver complex, multilateral productions.
- 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.
- Ability to exercise professional diplomacy in personnel and design management.
- Ability to understand other theater departments and the relationship of the costume department to them.
- A good design sense or good taste to monitor the implied theater aesthetic, including superior quality, when working with designers.
- Ability to delegate and to have confidence in direct reports.
- Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in oral and written communication on an interpersonal or group level.
- With advanced notice, the ability to work a flexible schedule including morning, evening, and weekend hours.
Ability to access all technical spaces in the theater.
Ability to operate a computer.
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