2020 Colorado Shakespeare Festival Costume Shop Manager

CSF 2019 - Twelfth Night

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, a professional theatre company in residence at the University of Colorado Boulder, seeks a highly organized and experienced individual to serve as Costume Shop Manager. This is a part-time position December through April, which becomes full-time and on-site in Boulder May through August. Applications are being accepted now through October 31, 2019.

Offsite (part time) : December 1, 2019 – May 11, 2019
Onsite (full time): May 12, 2020 – August 16, 2020

Under the direction of the Production Manager, the Costume Shop Manager works closely with CSF leadership to facilitate design development and implementation for a 4-show summer repertory season. Key responsibilities include: Establishing and maintaining material and labor budgets; collaborating with costume designers; hiring costume shop personnel; supervising and coordinating all costume shop operations; ensuring all costumes, crafts, and wigs for all productions are completed in a timely and fiscally responsible fashion. Applicant must have significant professional experience, strong organizational and communication skills and a positive, collaborative attitude.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival produces 4 shows per seasons in 2 venues on campus. Costume designs are realized through a combination of built pieces, stock pieces, and some rental pieces.

Specific Duties Include:

  • Active participation in preseason production and design meetings
  • Advising the production manager and CSF leadership on design feasibility in relation to budgets, labor, scope, and scale.
  • Working with designers to determine built pieces versus stock and rental pieces
  • Creating material and labor budgets for each show and working within those budgets
  • Hiring all costume staff for the 2020 season
  • Overseeing all day-to-day shop activities including personnel scheduling, equipment maintenance, supplies inventory, organization of workroom and costume storage areas
  • Facilitating communication between the costume shop and other CSF departments
  • Maintaining standards in accordance with AEA contractual requirements
  • Actively participating in the preparation and construction of every production

What we require:

  • Candidates will have an MFA in Costume Design/Technology OR a Bachelor’s Degree in Costume Design/Technology with equivalent professional experience. In all cases, the experience should include 3-4 years of supervisory experience with the following knowledge and skills acquired: understanding of the costume design, crafts, wardrobe and wig processes; costume construction and alteration including contemporary and period patterning and draping; costume history; knowledge of fabrics and materials, their individual qualities, characteristics and suppliers; and working knowledge of domestic and industrial sewing machines and other applicable equipment.

What we’d like you to have:

  • Teaching experience a plus, but not a requirement.

Housing and travel accommodation are provided for qualified applicants.

To apply, please submit resume with references by October 31, 2019 to the CSF Production Manager, Jon Dunkle at: j.dunkle@Colorado.EDU

No phone calls, please.