Costume Shop Supervisor

Jul 31, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Northeastern University

Costume Shop Supervisor

Requisition Number: STFR003905

Division/College: College of Arts, Media and Design

Location: Boston Main Campus

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time


The Costume Shop Supervisor is responsible for the efficient operation of the costume shop and related support areas, as well as the construction of costumes for all NU Theatre Department productions. The Theatre Department currently produces 4-5 productions per year. The Costume Shop Supervisor must have advanced training in costume construction techniques including draping, flat patterning and tailoring, as well as having advanced sewing skills.

Responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing the completion of both made-to-order and pulled costumes, on time and within budget, including draping, cutting, tailoring and stitching of costume pieces. May include construction of costume props, millinery, footwear, and accessories.
  • Hiring, training and supervising student workers (including work-study, Rehearsal and Production students, and Production Experience students).
  • Budget tracking.
  • Managing shop supplies, especially stock fabrics, notions, and materials.
  • Managing shop equipment, including repairs, maintenance, and replacement as needed.
  • Managing the costume stock, including organization, storage, and post-show cleaning.
  • Acting as a liaison with stage management for fittings and production notes.
  • Other duties as assigned by faculty.

    The Costume Shop Supervisor must effectively communicate with students from all backgrounds and at all skill levels. S/he must collaborate with the rest of the production and design team and work under strict time restraints. The job requires the candidate to be adept at multi-tasking and juggling many active projects each day. S/he must be highly organized and efficient.

    In addition, the Costume Shop Supervisor may design one production per season. Responsibilities for that include meetings with the director and design team, providing costume renderings for the characters, receiving approval from the director and producer, organizing and procuring costume pieces, and attending required rehearsals and strike. The Costume Shop Supervisor may also be asked to teach a Costume Construction course, for additional compensation.

    Academic year position Aug/Sep to April/May


    MFA in costume design/construction plus 2-3 years of experience in an academic or professional costume shop
    BFA in costume design/construction plus 3-5 years of experience in an academic or professional costume shop
    The equivalent professional experience- at least 10 years of experience in an academic or professional costume shop.

    Advanced training in draping, cutting, stitching, tailoring, millinery, costume crafts,
    Additional experience recommended but not required: costume dying/distressing, jewelry making, mask making, theatrical makeup, hair and wig design.

    Additional Information:

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: Careers@Northeastern

    Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.


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