Costume Shop Supervisor

Costume Shop Supervisor (CSS) is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the costume shop, which includes the areas of costumes, wigs, and makeup, along with overseeing wardrobe supervision for the run and maintenance of all performances. Management of the costume shop includes, but is not limited to, draping and construction, equipment, supplies, inventory, workroom/costume storage areas, and costume rentals. This position is responsible for maintaining expense budgets and communicating closely with designers and design assistants. The CSS will support all costume related functions to ensure that productions come in on-time and on-budget. Supervise the finishing of all costumes and related items as required for The Black Rep’s productions by final dress rehearsal.
  • Set up costume shop and wardrobe areas for beginning of season, communicating with Producing Director regarding any general shop and supplies needs.
  • Restore costume shop at the end of the season, including updating the stock item inventory and re-stocking general supplies and materials.
  • Supervise all costume shop, wardrobe, wig, and makeup personnel.
  • Consult closely with Designers and Design Assistants on the draping and construction of costumes to ensure design completion and labor efficiency.
  • Oversee the rental process for rental costumes including restoration, cleaning, and return at the conclusion of each show.
  • Determine and meet costume/wardrobe deadlines in conjunction with the Stage Manager and production schedule.
  • Attend all fittings to ensure consistency and construction standards.
  • Manage the budget and accounting of costume/wardrobe related expenditures including collection and coding of all receipts and invoices.
  • Works directly with Costume Designers to balance budget necessities, feasibility, and design integrity.
  • Report regularly to Producing Director regarding budget tracking progress and concerns.
  • Oversee all returns in a timely fashion.
  • Attend tech rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and previews for notes.
  • Communicate regularly with Production Stage Manager regarding fittings, rehearsal needs, and performer requests.
  • Oversee the wardrobe crew and costume maintenance of all Mainstage and supplemental productions for costumes, wigs, and makeup during run.
  • Attend all necessary production meetings.
  • Strong organizational skills are required with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with occasional non-traditional hours.
  • Must have the ability to lift 50 lbs., climb ladders, and work in high places.
  • Ideal candidate would have a valid driver’s license and vehicle.
HOW TO APPLY: Please email cover letter and resume PDF’s to Brian McKinley at Please make sure to include “The Black Rep 2019-2020 Costume Shop Supervisor” in the subject line. 



The Seamstress is responsible for the construction and altering of costumes for productions; organization and maintenance of costume equipment, facilities, and inventory.
    • Seeks technical guidance from costumer
    • Sewing and construction of costumes
    • Alterations on existing costume pieces
    • Assist in the organization and maintenance of the costume shop, equipment, costume storage and inventory, and dressing rooms
    • Wig, millinery, and craft work as skills allow
    • Other duties as assigned
    • Must be able to lift, push, pull, and carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds.
    • Must be able to bend, stoop, and reach.
    • Manual dexterity and near vision to efficiently operate sewing machines and computer keyboards.
    • Visual perception to accurately differentiate colors in fabric and materials.
    • Excellent skills in hand sewing, and home and industrial machine sewing
    • Experience with theatrical costume construction
    • Experience in working with and supervising students
    • Effective organization and communication skills
    • Ability to relate effectively and professionally to others
    • Skills in millinery, wigs, crafting, or make-up a plus
HOW TO APPLY: Please email cover letter and resume PDF’s to Brian McKinley at Please make sure to include “The Black Rep 2019-2020 Costume Shop Supervisor” in the subject line.