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Costume Director
Company: Seattle Repertory Theatre
Location: Seattle, WA
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 05/29/2024
Expire Date: 07/29/2024
Salary: 0-100+
Job Categories: Arts, Entertainment, and Media, Other / General, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
Costume Director
Department: Costume Shop - SRT
Location: Seattle, WA
Department/Team: Production
Position Reports To: Producing Director
Work Location: Seattle Rep
FLSA Classification: Full-Time/Salary/Exempt
Benefits: Full Medical/Dental/Vision coverage for employee; Paid Vacation & Personal Days; 401(k) & FSA options available; eligible for parking discounts & free ORCA card
Starting Pay Range: $77,339.67 – $84,406.49 per year
Position Classification: 975 S-5
Application Deadline: Monday, June 17th, 2024
You can apply from your phone by texting "CD" to (206) 966-4931


Seattle Rep is committed to producing the highest quality programming, and we believe that our ability to contribute to excellence in the arts depends on building a community whose members come from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and life experiences.

We are part of a growing movement in theater to ensure inclusion of those who have been excluded historically; focusing particularly on racial and ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, and women, ensuring they are at the decision-making table and reflected in our community.


Seattle Rep collaborates with extraordinary artists to create productions and programs that reflect and elevate the diverse cultures, perspectives, and life experiences of our region.


Theater at the heart of public life


Artistic Vitality, Sustainability, Generous and Inclusive Practices


Seattle Rep is seeking an organized, professional, and highly skilled Costume Director to join the Production team and be responsible for the overall operation of the Costume Department including personnel management, inventory tracking, planning, development, budgeting, and oversight of all costume, hair and wardrobe needs.

Typical Duties Include:

General Costume Shop Management
- Lead full shop and heads meetings, including costumes, hair, crafts, and wardrobe;
- Supervise Shop personnel, union and non-union;
- Contribute to positive work culture and employee experience;
- Proactively engage with and implement EDI practices;
- Identify staffing needs, then in collaboration with department leads, make recommendations for hiring and evaluating staff;
- With Design Associate, oversee the completion of built, altered, and pulled costumes;
- Support Design Associate during build times and tech process, as needed;
- Share attendance at Tech/Previews and the subsequent duties pertinent to that process with Costume Management team;
- Participate as a team member with other production department heads and senior staff;
- In collaboration with HR and Producing Director, advise on the Union collective bargaining agreements;
- Attend production, costume, senior management, SREP all-staff and EDI meetings;
- Promote a respectful work environment

Season Planning and Budgeting
- Create shop labor schedules and production calendars based on budgets;
- In collaboration with Producing Director create seasonal and show budgets
- In collaboration with Costume Assistant Director, manage budgets for all costume, hair, wigs, and wardrobe labor and materials;
- Participate in season planning by analyzing scripts for potential costume/hair needs, creating budgets for evaluation and final approval by Producing Director

Supervision of the Costume Department Staff
- Compile design and research materials for shop staff;
- Confirm the completion of built, pulled, purchased, rented costumes and hair for all SREP productions;
- Monitor show progress in order to adhere to budget and scheduled deadlines;
- Supervise the timely integration of fashion fabrics and final materials into costume production;
- Monitor and adapt staff and over-hire work schedules as needed;
- Discuss designs with designer, then analyze costume and hair designs to plan workflow for artisans
- Attend fittings, as necessary, for troubleshooting and to support Design Assistant

Facilitating costume production needs
- Liaise with Stage Management for fittings, rehearsal costumes, and production notes;
- Facilitate, with Wardrobe and Wig Supervisors, the smooth transition of costumes and hair from the shop to dress rehearsal;
- Monitor rehearsal notes to facilitate changes to costume, hair, and make-up designs;
- Partner with costume designers to share information regarding stock, suppliers, and merchants;
- Provide feedback to wardrobe/wig during run of show to help maintain costume/hair integrity
Qualifications & Requirements
Minimum Qualifications:
- Commitment to cultivating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace via decisive action including consistently seeking out opportunities for self and community improvement in the areas of racial equity, accessibility, gender inclusivity, and cultural sensitivity.
- Five years of work experience supervising costume production;
- Knowledge of and deep experience in all areas of theatrical costuming;
- Knowledge of and experience in basic accounting procedures and budgeting;
- Demonstrated experience in time management as related to costume builds and work flow;
- Demonstrated experience in personnel management and conflict resolution;
- Computer literate with experience in Microsoft Office software, particularly Excel

Desired Qualifications:
- Working knowledge of costume and fashion history including costume manufacturing history;
- Working knowledge of costume materials including historical references and modern availabilities;
- Working knowledge of safety standards and the implementation of same;
- Excellent organizational skills;
- Excellent interpersonal, diplomacy and communication skills;
- Ability to thrive in an environment that requires working under tight deadlines;
- A demonstrated ability to work successfully both independently and as a team member;
- Knowledge of collective bargaining with theatrical labor unions;
- Knowledge of Actor’s Equity agreement;
- MFA or BFA with emphasis in Costume Design or Costume Technologies
Contact Information
Company Name: Seattle Repertory Theatre
Website: https://www.seattlerep.org/about-us...
Company Description:
ABOUT US Seattle Rep is committed to producing extraordinary programming. We believe that our ability to contribute to excellence in the arts depends on building and supporting a robust and diverse community. We continuously work toward inclusion of those who have been excluded historically, particularly BIPOC communities, women, LGBTQIA+ people, immigrants and refugees, and people with disabilities, ensuring they are represented in all parts of the organization, including at the decision-making table, inclusive of their intersectional identities like age, religion, background, political ideology, and veteran or military status. This work is reflected in our: Mission Seattle Rep collaborates with extraordinary artists to create productions and programs that reflect and elevate the diverse cultures, perspectives, and life experiences of our region. Vision Theater at the heart of public life Values Artistic Vitality, Sustainability, Generous and Inclusive Practices
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