Costume Shop Coordinator Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
Coordinates the operation of a costume shop. Design, plan and
supervise the construction of costumes and/or maintenance of the
second in a series of two classifications and is distinguished from
the Costume Designer in that incumbents oversee the budget,
authorize expenditures and are responsible for the planning,
construction, maintenance and storage of costumes for theatrical
Examples of Duties:
- Trains and supervises student workers in the design,
construction, repair, alteration, maintenance and storage of
- May supervise work activities of subordinates.
- Coordinates the operation of the costume shop.
- Oversees the construction of costumes according to the
design concept, costume modification and construction,
coordinates the purchases of fabric, notions and used clothing
for costume shop adhering to production budget, inventory of
costumes and materials, the construction, alteration, repair,
cleaning/maintenance and storage of theatrical costumes, and
coordinates purchase and/or construction of wigs and theatrical
- Monitors fittings of costumes to performers.
- Coordinates space usage for cast dressing needs.
- Oversees production-running crews for costume changes
required during rehearsals and performances.
- Oversees and inventories donations of clothing and materials
to costume shop.
- Teaches production classes and provides assistance with
costume requirements for student projects.
- Maintains and reconciles budgets for departmental
productions; monitors expenditures and performs simple analysis
on accounts; prepares reports for supervisor and authorizes
payments within prescribed limits; makes recommendations for
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of theater production operations and procedures.
- Knowledge of principles, practices and techniques of costume
- Knowledge of various eras and appearance of vintage
- Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
- Proven skill in making patterns, cutting, draping, sewing,
dying and fitting costumes.
- Skill in both verbal and written communication.
Bachelors degree in Theater, Costume Design or related field AND two
years experience in costume construction, alteration and repair of
costumes; OR, Six years experience in a costume shop engaged in
construction, alteration and repair of theatrical costumes; OR, Any
equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which
comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
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