Assistant to the Costume Designer, (start/end dates vary by show/availability but generally fall between April 1 and Sept 1), $2000 per show, plus housing.

The American Shakespeare Center is seeking Assistants to the Designers for their summer build season. From April to September, we build and produce our Summer/Fall Repertory Season and our Tour Season, 7 shows in total. Each show has a 3 to 4 week build period and a dress rehearsal before preview performances. Each show is a combination of pulled and built costumes, the exact ratio varies depending on style and period of production.

Our beautiful theatre is the world’s only recreation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre and uses original staging conditions, relying on costumes and props to tell the technical elements of the stories.

Job responsibilities
  • Assist Costume Designer with acquisition, construction, and design of costumes for the production.
  • Provide support as Draper/First Hand/Stitcher for the production.
  • Attend production meetings, Renaissance Run, first (or early) run-throughs, and dress rehearsals for the production, as scheduled by the Costume Designer and Stage Management.
  • Assist the Costume Designer with the following duties (note: the Costume Designer is ultimately responsible for each of these items; the Assistant Costume Designer will provide support):
    • Have shoes and rehearsal clothes available as soon as rehearsal-wear fittings are complete. Rehearsal clothes should consist of footwear approved by designer and fit to actor and rehearsal skirts of appropriate length for design. Stand-in items for garments required for onstage business shall be provided within 48 hours of request from Stage Management/Director, assuming Designer/Director approval and agreement.
    • Before first dress rehearsal supply actors, Wardrobe Manager, Stage Manager, and Costume Shop Manager with complete costume inventory. Inventory will include all costumes and costume pieces organized by actor name/ character and will include the description of each item, daily care instructions, laundering/cleaning instructions, and any other notes for the actor/wardrobe manager about each garment.
    • Have all costumes, shoes, and accessories ready for the first dress rehearsal of the production. Come to dress rehearsals at least two hours before go to set up and meet with the actors. Be available after the dress rehearsals for notes with the director and actors and to properly load out.
    • Complete all final alterations, trims and corrections by the first public-preview of the production.
  • Work with Wardrobe Manager to ensure all pieces are labeled correctly with actor initials, show, and character as needed.
  • Include provisions in the design for fabric that is easily maintained and resists wrinkling, and by reinforcing armhole and seat seams, secure hems and over-locked or otherwise secured seams.
  • Provide for a washable barrier undergarment (t-shirt and dress shields, if needed), as well as tights/socks, all labeled with actors’ initials, by first dress.
  • Provide detailed accounting and receipts for costume materials purchases.
  • Return unused pulled-costumes back to stock under supervision of Shop Manager or Designer.
  • Take care to maintain neatness when using shop and stock resources.
  • Clean and maintain equipment.
  • Perform other related work as requested by Costume Designer.
  • Reports to the Costume Designer.