Costume Design Assistant
University of Delaware
Job Title Costume Design Assistant
Job ID 104534
Location Newark, DE
Pay Grade: 28N
Context of the Job:
Under limited supervision, the Costume Design Assistant assists the Costume Director of the Resident Ensemble Players (REP) in the day-to-day management of the Costume Shop. S/he assists resident and guest costume designers with the organization and paperwork necessary to complete the design.
* Updates and monitors costume production budgets including collecting and turning in receipts.
* Maintains inventory of costume stock supplies and orders necessary supplies.
* Analyzes costume renderings and pulls from stock for Costume Designer's consideration.
* Accompanies and assists Costume Designer on costume and fabric shopping.
* Shops and sources costumes for Designer approval. Makes approved purchases.
* Purchases shoes and fits on actors.
* Researches rental possibilities, documents and tracks rentals, and manages restoration of
garments and their return.
* Manages and responds to all rehearsal notes regarding costumes.
* Creates design piece list including garments, crafts, wigs, footwear, and millenary.
* Packs each show for transport to theater, making sure all items are accounted for.
* Collects all costume notes from dress rehearsals including those from the Designer, the
Costume Director, the First Hand, and the Wardrobe Supervisor, and assigns to costume shop
* Acts for Costume director in his/her absence.
* Performs other related duties as assigned
- Bachelor's degree with three years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Degree in Technical Theater or Theatrical Design preferred.
- Knowledge of costume history and design, costume construction and fabrics.
- Strong sewing skills and with ability to operate domestic and industrial sewing machines.
- Proficient computing skills, including Excel and Google Docs.
- Excellent internet search skills.
- Ability to work independently.
- Excellent time management, budgetary, communication, and supervisory skills.
- Ability to communicate effectively and to interact well with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds.
- Must be able to work weekends and evenings when required.