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Costume Shop Coordinator Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Coordinates the operation of a costume shop. Design, plan and supervise the construction of costumes and/or maintenance of the costume shop.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is second in a series of two classifications and is distinguished from the Costume Designer in that incumbents oversee the budget, authorize expenditures and are responsible for the planning, construction, maintenance and storage of costumes for theatrical productions.

Examples of Duties:

  • Trains and supervises student workers in the design, construction, repair, alteration, maintenance and storage of theatrical costumes.
  • May supervise work activities of subordinates.
  • Coordinates the operation of the costume shop.
  • Oversees the construction of costumes according to the design concept, costume modification and construction, coordinates the purchases of fabric, notions and used clothing for costume shop adhering to production budget, inventory of costumes and materials, the construction, alteration, repair, cleaning/maintenance and storage of theatrical costumes, and coordinates purchase and/or construction of wigs and theatrical make-up.
  • Monitors fittings of costumes to performers.
  • Coordinates space usage for cast dressing needs.
  • Oversees production-running crews for costume changes required during rehearsals and performances.
  • Oversees and inventories donations of clothing and materials to costume shop.
  • Teaches production classes and provides assistance with costume requirements for student projects.
  • Maintains and reconciles budgets for departmental productions; monitors expenditures and performs simple analysis on accounts; prepares reports for supervisor and authorizes payments within prescribed limits; makes recommendations for purchases.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of theater production operations and procedures.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices and techniques of costume construction.
  • Knowledge of various eras and appearance of vintage clothing.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
  • Proven skill in making patterns, cutting, draping, sewing, dying and fitting costumes.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelors degree in Theater, Costume Design or related field AND two years experience in costume construction, alteration and repair of costumes; OR, Six years experience in a costume shop engaged in construction, alteration and repair of theatrical costumes; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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