Costume Shop Supervisor

Theatre Memphis, a 97 year community theatre with 400 seat proscenium and 100 seat black box, seeks innovative, experienced, motivated costume shop supervisor. Employment duties include, but not limited to an 11 production season with sewing, draping, cutting, fitting skills. Must supervise volunteer and professional stitchers, responsible for shop inventory. BFA or equivalent professional experience required. Strong team player with excellent communication skills and attitude. Year round, full-time salaried position includes health insurance and paid vacations. Send letter, resume and references by January 31, 2017 to: Amie Eoff, Costume Designer, Theatre Memphis, 630 Perkins Ext., Memphis, TN  38117 or dlitch@ theatrememphis.org. Theatre information at www.theatrememphis.org. Please no phone calls.

GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION

The Costume Shop Supervisor is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Theatre Memphis’ costume shop and supervises all activities associated with the shop. The Costume Shop Supervisor produces patterns from costume renderings, sketches, and verbal instructions; supervises others and performs patterning, construction, assembling, and fitting of costumes for TM productions; makes alterations generated from fittings and dress rehearsals; and ensures that costumes maintain their appearance and are appropriately cleaned during and after productions.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. All duties usually associated with that position includes:

  • Supervising volunteers 
  • Patterning
  • Cutting
  • Sewing
  • Arrange for fittings with designer and assist with fitting
  • Keep up with needed supplies and arrange for the ordering
  • Organize work schedule daily/weekly so everything is accomplished on time and ready
  • for first dress
  • Keep costume shop neat, clean and orderly on a daily basis
  • Attend dress rehearsals as required
  • Prepare dressing rooms for dress rehearsals

2. Ensures that sufficient quantities and types of materials are on-hand for use in the costume shop by maintaining an inventory of supplies and materials required for daily operations and ordering replacement items as necessary. Working knowledge of stock and items so that do not assume cost of duplications of stock, costumes, accessories.

3. Facilitates the production of costumes by producing patterns from costume renderings, sketches, and verbal instructions; supervising others and/or performing patterning, construction, assembling, and fitting of costumes for productions; making alterations generated from fittings and dress rehearsals; and assisting in necessary costume painting, dying, and distressing.

4. Assists in the maintenance of the costume stock by organizing and restocking costumes, measuring costumes, removing unusable costumes from the collection, cleaning costumes.

5. Ensures that costumes maintain their appearance and are appropriately cleaned during and after productions including washing, ironing, spraying and dry cleaning. Everything must be put back in place at strike after each production.

6. Promotes preventive maintenance as a strategy in maintaining costume shop tools and machinery by performing and/or directing others to perform the routine maintenance and cleaning of all tools and equipment in the costume shop.

7. Attend all dress strikes.

8. Contributes to the overall success of Theatre Memphis costume shop by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.

SUPERVISION

The Costume Shop Supervisor is under the general supervision of André Ward and Amie Eoff and is responsible for supervision of volunteers.