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Costume Shop Department Head

Costume Shop Department Head




Primary Responsibilities


  • Supervisor of all costume shop personnel; reports to the Costume Director
  • Assist the Costume Assistant in pulling appropriate accessories prior to fittings
  • Set up fitting room at least one hour before the first fitting of the day, making sure all necessary items are accounted for at that time
  • Supervise crew of cutter/drapers, craftspeople, and stitchers
  • Attend or supervise all fittings
  • Attend union meetings in order to ensure costumes shop compliance
  • Supervise set-up and completion of alterations
  • Supervise and be able to give detailed instruction on the construction of new garments
  • Ensure sure that every alteration is completed according to the notes taken during fittings
  • Ensure that all garments have been appropriately labeled
  • Plan work load so work is completed in a timely fashion
  • Supervise staff to ensure all shop rules and safety precautions are followed at all times
  • Inventory supplies and report purchase needs to Costume Director before supplies are critically low
  • Attend dress rehearsals as needed,


Additional Responsibilities


  • Costume construction
  • Pattern manipulation
  • Hand and machine sewing of complex garments
  • Other duties as assigned on show by show basis


Minimum Qualifications


  • Minimum of 5 years experience as Cutter/Draper or Shop Supervisor
  • Must understand and be able to execute the principals and practices of garment construction for stage costumes
  • Must be able to manipulate commercial patterns
  • Must have knowledge of textiles and fabric usage
  • Must have knowledge of industrial and home machine usage
  • Must have working knowledge of all hand and machine sewing techniques commonly associated with costume garment construction
  • Must be prompt and present a clean, neat appearance
  • Must have physical dexterity and flexibility
  • Must be able to multi-task & delegate assignments
  • As per the IATSE Local 500 contract with Florida Grand Opera, dues will be required.  Union membership is not necessary for application




Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


  • Knowledge of opera artists and repertoire preferred
  • Knowledge of period styles
  • Ability to lift and carry boxes and costumes weighing from 25-50 pounds
  • Ability to deal with difficult and demanding performers
  • Ability to work in extremely close quarters and  in stressful situations while remaining calm under pressure
  • Ability to communicate effectively with Costume Director, Costume Coordinator, performers, dressers and other backstage crew members
  • Ability to read and follow run sheets and costume plot
  • Ability to delegate tasks and work independently with minimal supervision


Other Requirements


  • Must be able to climb ladders and get down on the floor repeatedly as required
  • Must wear appropriate footwear in the shop. No open – toed shoes
  • Must be responsible for all assigned tools and equipment


For application, please send Cover Letter and Resume to:

 Leslie Joyce, Wardrobe and Costume Shop Manager


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