Wardrobe Supervisor & Costume Specialist (Costume Construction Technician)
Indiana University Purdue University Indianpolis - IUPUI
Location: Bloomington, Indiana,
Internal Number: 298382
JACOBS SCHOOL OF MUSIC (BL-MUS-IUBLA)
Works collaboratively with the IU Opera and Ballet Theater administration, Costume Shop staff, Costume Designers, Stage Directors, and graduate and undergraduate student performers to provide all costumes and accessories for six opera and three ballets each season.
Responsible for all aspects of the build, rebuild, or pulling from inventory of stage costumes and related accessories, including cutting, draping, fitting, stitching, finishing, and tailoring.
Hires and supervises the wardrobe crew during all rehearsals and performances requiring an evening schedule in addition to day schedule (to equal 40 hours per workweek) when in dress weeks and during performance weekends.
Constructs costumes using specialized costume techniques. Drafts and creates original patterns in muslin from designer's renderings or revises patterns from existing costumes. Cuts, drapes, stitches, finishes and tailors original, complex, sophisticated, detailed costumes or performs alterations or repairs of rented or in-stock costumes.
Assists in the organization and assignment of costumes for all opera and ballet productions; maintains stock of costumes; selects costumes for performances.
Assists in instructing and directing hourly/student stitchers and other workers; assists in monitoring job performance and ensuring that deadlines are met.
Schedules fittings for new, used, and rented costumes; assists with fittings of costumes on performers; determines and produces any necessary adjustments.
Participates in shopping trips for materials for costumes; assists in selecting and purchasing all needed fabrics, materials, and supplies.
EDUCATION / WORK EXPERIENCE
High school diploma or GED with 4 years of verifiable experience in theater costume production; OR
Bachelor's degree In apparel design/construction, theater, clothing and textiles, or a related field.
Combinations of related education and experience may be considered.
Ability to work in a safe and efficient manner.
Knowledge of historical period costumes, designs, and patterns and the methods, materials, and equipment used in the construction and reconstruction of stage costumes and related accessories.
Demonstrated knowledge of textiles, dyeing, pattern drafting, cutting, draping, sewing, trimming, and altering theatrical costumes.
Ability to use costume shop equipment such as steam irons, domestic, commercial and industrial sewing machines, washers, dryers, dye vats, grommet machines, and glue guns.
Ability to work quickly and accurately from sketches and designs in creating costumes and accessories.
Ability to supervise and instruct hourly/student costume workers.
Ability to plan and execute work in order to meet the time and budget constraints of productions.
Working Conditions / Demands
This role regularly requires the ability to effectively communicate. This role frequently requires the ability to handle equipment. This role frequently requires the ability to remain stationary and ascend/descend ladders/stairs. This role requires the ability to move objects weighing up to 25 pounds. The role requires the ability to detect items in close proximity as well as far away; discern between colors; detect objects in peripheral space of self; discern items in detail; and to have good depth perception. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.
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