Position Title: Wardrobe Supervisor
Reports To: Costume Shop Manager and Stage Manager
Summary of the Job:
• The primary responsibility of the Wardrobe Supervisor is to assist actors in dressing and quick changes, to clean and maintain all costumes and costume pieces, and to keep the integrity of the costume design intact through the running of the show.
• Preparation for Performances
• Acquire a working knowledge of the show by reading the script, studying the costume plot, being familiar with the costume pieces, and any necessary work charts.
• Attend at least one run-through in the rehearsal hall prior to dress rehearsal.
• Assign dressing rooms and report assignments to Stage Management
• Anticipate supply needs and procure necessary goods
• Check-in and load-in shows for tech/performances
• Prepare dressing rooms and quick change spaces
• Distribute all necessary costume lists to actors, i.e. piece lists and quick change lists
• Instruct and supervise dressers and wardrobe interns
• It is imperative that the Wardrobe Supervisor has completed ALL duties PRIOR to the actors arrival for half hour, so as to be able to focus completely on the actors
• Be available to help actors with costumes before, during and after each performance
• Delegate each costume change amongst self and dressers
• Choreograph quick changes, coordinating with actors; teach to dressers if necessary
• Update all necessary run lists including but not limited to check lists, pre-set lists, quick change lists and run sheets
• Communicate any problems, concerns with the Stage Manager after each performance
• Set the crew calls for dressers. Arrive promptly for all crew calls
• Assist with the check in of all costume pieces prior to each performance
• Have all costume pieces cleaned and "show ready" prior to the actors' call or prior to the actors arrival, whichever comes first
• Assist with the preset all costume pieces as needed for each performance
• Be available to help actors with costumes/hair/makeup before, during and after each performance.
• Execute all assigned costume changes
• Maintain and be responsible for all costume pieces during the run of the show
• Check in all costumes and accessories following each performance
• Maintain the integrity of the Costume Design, making no changes or alterations without the consent of the Costume Shop Manager
• Supervise any costume crew
• Respond quickly and effectively to any requests or questions from the Stage Manager, Designer, Wig/Makeup Designer or Shop Manager regarding costumes/wigs/makeup
• Communicate with the Shop Manager on a regular basis. Report any maintenance needed that is beyond the usual day to day notes, changes and/or replacements that are necessary, and any requests or questions from Stage Management
• Replenish all perishables (hose, tights, make-up, etc.) in a timely manner
Maintenance of show
• Be aware of the Actor’s Equity regulations regarding maintenance of costumes and pieces
• Execute actors’ costume repair notes prior to the next performance
• Solicit help from Shop Manager if a repair is beyond your comfort level of execution
• Keep all costumes and costume pieces in their original condition, repairing and/or retouching as needed
• Set a laundry schedule in accordance with Actors Equity rules and with the assistance of the Shop Manager. Notify the cast of the laundry schedule and where they should place dirty laundry following each performance
• Drop off any outside dry cleaning as needed according the Actors Equity rules
• Pick up any outside dry cleaning early enough to steam costume pieces, if needed
• Supervise day-to-day maintenance of wigs/facial hair as necessary. Use the wig bible as reference for consistency during run
• Polish shoes as necessary and retouch shoe color as needed
Monitor the shows during their run:
• On a weekly basis, check through clothes for hidden notes, and wear & tear Monitor distressed and dyed clothes for consistency during run
• Monitor wigs and haircuts for consistency during run; alert the Shop Manager if actors require a haircut
• Striking the show
• Immediately following the final performance, once the actors' needs are met, strike all costume pieces and quick change areas from backstage in accordance with the Technical Director or Stage Carpenter. This may include racks, hooks, etc. that have been set up for quick changes
• Clean and strike all costumes and accessories at the close of the show using check list to ensure that all pieces are accounted for
• Return each show, in it’s entirety, to the costume shop for restocking
• Keep wardrobe room organized, safe, and clean at all times
• Keep quick change areas clean, safe, and organized at all times
• Keep dressing rooms clean, neat and safe at all times
• Restock general wardrobe supplies as needed either by shopping or pulling from the costume shop
• Perform general maintenance of equipment. Inform the Shop Manager of any equipment failure or professional repair needed.
• The Wardrobe Supervisor will be given petty cash and tax exempt forms at the beginning of the season to be used solely for replenishment of wardrobe supplies and production running expenses
• The Wardrobe Supervisor will turn in petty cash receipts to the Shop Manager on a timely basis, no less frequently that the close of each rep, for reimbursement and replenishment of petty cash.
• Other duties as assigned
No less than 3 years professional experience as a Wardrobe Master. Previous repertory experience preferred. OR five years professional experience as an Asst. Wardrobe Master.
• Basic to advanced sewing skills.
• Expert knowledge of laundry cleaning techniques and uses of clothes cleaning agents. Working knowledge of clothes washers & dryers, industrial steamers, industrial and domestic irons, domestic sewing machines
• Willingness to learn to operate dry-cleaning machine
• Basic wig and makeup skills. Ability to learn basic wig maintenance.
• Basic knowledge of general computer software systems and a willingness to learn "The Costume Bible" program.
• Proficient with AEA handbook as it pertains to costumes/wardrobe
• Proven leadership ability
• Expert communication and diplomacy skills
• Valid driver license and a clean driving record. Reliable transportation preferred, but not required.
• Ability to lift at least 50 lbs., climb stairs, stand for long periods of time, work in the dark
Applicants should email their resume, references, and examples of their running sheets for shows involving a cast of 18 or larger playing multiple roles to Alice Sullivan at: email@example.com
Start Date: Sept. 17
Disclaimer: Although Barter Theatre has attempted to accurately and thoroughly describe this position, Barter Theatre reserves the right to change the same, including to change, add, or to subtract from the duties outlined, within the sole discretion of Barter Theatre, at any time, with or without advance notice.