The Milly S. Barranger Professor of the Practice is the senior faculty member in the costume area in the Department of Dramatic Art where s/he fosters an atmosphere of professionalism, disciplined learning, and collegiality among the students, staff, resident artists, and visiting artists. The 9-month position has two main responsibilities: Head of the 3-year MFA Program in Costume Production and Costume Director for all productions under the auspices of the Department of Dramatic Art including PlayMakers Repertory Company (PRC). The Barranger Professor has authority over and responsibility for all activity and initiatives in the costume area, is the supervisor of all positions, and delegates responsibility as needed and appropriate. The position sets the standards of quality and production values. As Head of the MFA Program, the Barranger Professor works with, reports to, and is supported by the Head of Graduate Studies for curricular and graduate student support issues; as Costume Director, the Barranger Professor works with, reports to and is supported by the Production Manager for PRC; for all other activities the Barranger Professor works with, reports to, and is supported by the Chair of the Department of Dramatic Art.
Head of the 3-year MFA Program in Costume Production. The position leads the MFA program in Costume Production, has responsibility for the curriculum, and teaches a full load of courses in the area of pattern making, costume construction, and tailoring. Responsibilities:
Recruits students for the MFA program in costume production.
Supervises all other curricular and enrichment offerings in the costume production program
Mentors graduate students, making all production assignments and working alongside them, serving as a role-model
Develops and maintains links with other theater professionals to establish avenues for students to pursue internships, summer employment, and future jobs, for example USITT and SETC.
Teaches the sequence of courses in flat pattern, draping, advanced costume techniques, tailoring, and period pattern
Oversees other specializations taught in the curriculum including design for the technician, digital applications, management, and costume crafts
Supervises the graduate student teaching DRAM 192: Technical Methods: Costume.
Costume Director. The position is responsible for overseeing of all of the costume and wardrobe areas for the Department of Dramatic Art including PlayMakers Repertory Company. Responsibilities:
Oversees budgets, facilities, and staff in conjunction with the Assistant Costume Director
Determines and maintains costume production quality of the highest standard and to the satisfaction of the costume designer
Supervises the patterning and construction of all new costumes and alteration of those pulled, purchased, and/or rented for all productions; oversees fittings; oversees the completion of all costume elements
Manages the undergraduate student assistants and students with work-study assignments
Education and Experience:
Minimum qualifications and detailed responsibilities for the two areas, head of the MFA Program and Costume Director, are listed below. The successful candidate – from the point of view of a practitioner — must demonstrate the ability to balance the needs of production and the opportunities it offers the students with the academic program of study to ensure that they get the best possible experience while pursuing their graduate degree. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in costume making and strengths in pattern making and construction.
A minimum of 5 years (8-10 is preferred) of full-time professional experience as a costume maker in a leadership role
Teaching experience at the graduate level, or equivalent professional experience in a supervisory role
Comprehensive knowledge of theatre including the way in which the costume process fits into a theatrical production, and how that synergy enhances the student experience
A comprehensive understanding of all costume areas including costume history, design, costume crafts, and textiles
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated experience in personnel management
Excellent organizational skills, with demonstrated experience in time management and work flow analysis
Working knowledge of safety standards and the implementation of them
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