CONTACT PERSON/IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:
Chaz Brastow, Director of Production

PREFERRED START DATE:
September, 2022

COMPENSATION: 
$40,000/year + benefits

HOURS: 
Full Time (non-exempt)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 
August 3, 2022 (or until filled)

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT 
People’s Light is an equal opportunity employer. We work to cultivate a deep and wide reach in order to connect with prospective employees who have varied experiences and skills, a collaborative attitude, and the capacity and desire for growth.

NON-DISCRIMINATION HIRING POLICY 
People’s Light seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to create an antiracist, socially just, and inclusive presence in Chester County and our surrounding community. People’s Light does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic. Applicants from populations historically underrepresented in the theatre field are strongly encouraged to apply.

OVERVIEW
The Costume Shop Manager plays a vital role in the operations of the theater. The ideal candidate thrives with timelines; each event is tightly timed and learning and reacting quickly and efficiently is important to the team and the performance as a whole. The Costume Shop Manager often serves as liaison between the Theatre and guest artists. They assure the best in hospitality for artists. The Costume Shop Manager oversees all aspects of costume construction, maintenance, and storage. Other responsibilities include working with the Director of Production to create and maintain expense budgets and reports, supervise designers, hire and supervise costume shop personnel, including wig and make up contractors or other specialists as needed, and collaborate interdepartmentally on various intuitional events. Administrative experience in shop management required along with knowledge of costume design, budgeting, costume history, fabrics, millinery, leatherwork, wig construction and theatrical makeup. Cutter/Draper skills are essential. Weekend and evening hours are expected as required by technical rehearsal.

Responsibilities include:

  • Report directly to the Director of Production.
  • Supervise full time and part time & over hire costume shop employees.
  • Supervise purchases and rentals as required by each show’s design.
  • Coordinate haircuts, makeup, styling as required.
  • Maintain production budgets for the department and reconcile purchases monthly.
  • Attend rehearsals as required and serve as liaison with Stage Management.
  • Work with Wardrobe Manager to ensure success of backstage operations.
  • Coordinate with designers to make a full costume plot.
  • Determine cleaning regime including a dry-cleaning schedule for each show.
  • Help maintain and arrange for servicing of shop machinery.
  • Assist in build of each production.
  • Maintain physical costume inventory and regular updating of digital catalogue.
  • Facilitate rentals with the outside theater community.
  • Establish a learning environment for full time, guest, and student alike.

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to Equity and Inclusion
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and commitment to artist service; This is a critical part of the organizational culture
  • A self-starter able to work independently, proactively, and with a positive attitude
  • Professional theatre experience
  • Physical demands include, but are not limited to, lifting, bending, climbing ladders and stairs
  • Passion for live theatre and for working with artists
  • Sewing skills
  • Valid Driver’s License

Preferred Experience:

  • Wig maintenance
  • Make up experience
  • Textile dyeing 
  • Bilingual (Spanish)

How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter describing both your interest in theatre and/or technical production overall and in this position at People’s Light specifically, a resume, and 2-3 professional references to brastow@peopleslight.org