Costume Shop Manager, Full-Time, Permanent

JOB TITLE: Costume Shop Manager, Full-Time, Permanent

DEPARTMENT:  School of Theater

REPORTS TO:  Associate Producer


The Costume Shop Manager will oversee the use of the Costume Shop for The Brind School of Theater Arts.  In collaboration with faculty, professional and student designers, directors, choreographers and other production staff, work as a creative problem solver in the creation or acquisition of all costume elements for Brind productions. Supervise and direct costume shop and wardrobe crews. Monitor timely progress projects, while setting high standards of quality.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Provide a safe and productive working environment for adult and student crew members in the Costume Shop:

  • Oversee the work of student and over-hire costume crews.
  • Recruit and train student costume assistants in the safe and proper operation of costume shop equipment and work standards.
  • Schedule student costume assistants or over-hire contractors to support costume production as needed

Provide costume support for Brind productions:

  • Collaborate with Costume Design Faculty to monitor student designs.
  • Work directly with directors and designers to establish priorities and keep expenditures within predetermined time, labor and budget constraints based on approved final designs
  • Attend production meetings, as needed, to report on production status in the shop.
  • Measure all performers in each production at the beginning of the semester.
  • Supervise, schedule, and oversee construction, rental and purchase of costumes.
  • Assemble and keep updated production paperwork
  • Serve as lead draper/cutter/stitcher for the costume shop when needed, or make arrangements for these positions as needed
  • Coordinates fittings with designers and stage management.
  • Document and report materials costs to Associate Producer

Supervise Student crews for all productions

  • Train and supervise student wardrobe crews
  • Schedule and supervise all load-ins and load-outs of productions, or coordinate supervision with student designers

Maintain, inventory, and improve the existing costume stocks. Maintain stock costumes in good condition.

  • Administer costume borrowing policy as needed.
  • Be responsible for maintenance and operability of all Costume Shop equipment. Maintain an inventory of equipment and keep it in good working order.

Purchasing of all shop and production related supplies; maintaining relationships with relevant vendors.

  • Regular reconciliation of production budgets and monthly purchasing reconciliation based on University policies
  • Other duties as required by Dean and Associate Producer

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions.  Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.


  • College degree in in Theater or Costume related field preferred


  • Previous costume shop experience required

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Establishing Focus: The ability to develop and communicate goals in support of the university’ mission.
  • Providing Motivational Support: The ability to enhance others’ commitment to their work.
  • Fostering Teamwork: As a team member, the ability and desire to work cooperatively with others on a team; as a team leader, the ability to demonstrate interest, skill, and success in getting groups to learn to work together.
  • Empowering Others: The ability to convey confidence in staff members’ ability to be successful, especially at challenging new tasks; delegating significant responsibility and authority; allowing staff members freedom to decide how they will accomplish their goals and resolve issues.
  • Managing Change: The ability to demonstrate support for innovation and for organizational changes needed to improve the university’s effectiveness; initiating, sponsoring, and implementing organizational change; helping others to successfully manage organizational change.
  • Developing Others: The ability to delegate responsibility and to work with others and coach them to develop their capabilities.
  • Managing Performance: The ability to take responsibility for one’s own or one’s staff members’ performance, by setting clear goals and expectations, tracking progress against the goals, ensuring feedback, and addressing performance problems and issues promptly.
  • Attention to Communication: The ability to ensure that information is passed on to others who should be kept informed.
  • Oral Communication: The ability to express oneself clearly in conversations and interactions with others.
  • Written Communication: The ability to express oneself clearly in business writing.
  • Interpersonal Awareness: The ability to notice, interpret, and anticipate others’ concerns and feelings, and to communicate this awareness to others in an empathetic manner.
  • Building Collaborative Relationships: The ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside or outside the university who can provide information, assistance, and support.
  • Analytical Thinking: The ability to tackle a problem by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.
  • Forward Thinking: The ability to anticipate the implications and consequences of situations and take appropriate action to be prepared for possible contingencies.
  • Conceptual Thinking: The ability to find effective solutions by taking a holistic, abstract, or theoretical perspective.
  • Technical Expertise: The ability to demonstrate depth of knowledge and skill in a technical area.
  • Initiative: Identifying what needs to be done and doing it before being asked or before the situation requires it.
  • Thoroughness: Ensuring that one’s own and others’ work and information are complete and accurate; carefully preparing for meetings and presentations; following up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled.
  • Decisiveness: The ability to make difficult decisions in a timely manner.
  • Self Confidence: Faith in one’s own ideas and capability to be successful; willingness to take an independent position in the face of opposition.
  • Stress Management: The ability to keep functioning effectively when under pressure and maintain self-control in the face of hostility or provocation.
  • Personal Credibility: Demonstrated concern that one be perceived as responsible, reliable, and trustworthy.
  • Flexibility: Openness to different and new ways of doing things; willingness to modify one’s preferred way of doing things.

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Supervises student and over hire shop workers

About The University:

University of the Arts’ mission is simple: to advance human creativity. Established in 1876, UArts believes creativity is the most essential skill for success in today’s society and has educated generations of groundbreaking artists, performers, designers and creative leaders for more than 141 years.  After being granted university status in 1987, University of the Arts became the largest institution of its kind in the nation, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance, theater and writing. It now features 30 undergraduate arts majors, 15 graduate programs and the nation’s first PhD program in Creativity. UArts is also home to innovative centers across disciplines, including the Center for Immersive Media, Lightbox Film Center, Philadelphia Art Alliance and Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. Learn more about UArts.


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