Costume Shop Manager

Job #394

Job Type Part Time
Location Middletown, Connecticut
Field Costume Design and Technology
Post Date Nov 4, 2019

Position Type: Part-time (37.5 hours for 41 weeks/yr)
Expected Start Date: mid-January 2020

Wesleyan University is home to a vibrant and active performing arts community that includes the Theater, Dance and Music Departments, multiple student groups and an acclaimed visiting artist series through the Center for the Arts.

Reporting to the Chair of the Theatre Department, the Costume Shop Manager supports the creative work of all of those groups through the creation and construction of costumes and wardrobe.

The Manager works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students; directing all aspects of costuming for the Theater Department; supporting the costume needs of the Dance Department; providing wardrobe support for visiting productions; and managing the costume collection available to all Wesleyan students.

• Realizing, creating and constructing costumes for Theater and Dance productions in collaboration with faculty designers.
• Teaching undergraduate course in costume construction.
• Hiring, supervising and training student staff in costume construction, in managing the costume workshop, and in maintaining the costume collection.
• Managing all aspects of the costume shop including scheduling, equipment maintenance, inventory management, loaning of costumes and budget.
• Collaborating regularly with Theater, Dance, and the Center for the Arts, and student groups as well as facilitating working relationships with other local and regional theaters as the costume liaison.


• Bachelor’s degree in theater or related field and three years of experience in a professional or academic theatrical setting or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Proficiency in pattern drafting and draping.
• Demonstrated ability to analyze and determine needs and methods to build costumes designed by the costume designer.
• Experience in cutting, draping, stitching, puppetry, and costume crafts.
• Knowledge of fashion history, theatrical procedures and experience managing costume construction workflow.
• Ability to work with a diverse student body and train students with varying degrees of costume building experience.
• Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and project management skills.
Must be able to work a flexible schedule including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays as needed.
• Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and work collegially with individuals of different backgrounds