COSTUME Designer

The American Shakespeare Center (ASC), a destination theatre and educational center located in Staunton, Virginia, seeks experienced candidates for the position of Costume Designer for Romeo and Juliet.

  • Prepare costume designs during the pre-production period, working with ASC Artistic Staff.  Participate in on-line production discussions.  Complete designs before rehearsal period begins.
  • Attend scheduled production meetings,  first (or early) run-throughs, and dress rehearsals for the production.  Designer must be available during regular rehearsal hours for fittings and to work with the costume crew.  Designer must be on time for all meetings and fittings.
  • Present costume designs to actors and staff at first rehearsal.
  • Have shoes and rehearsal clothes available by the first rehearsal.  Completed costumes may be used for rehearsal as soon as available.
  • Schedule fittings with the Costume Shop Manager and/or Stage Manager as far as possible in advance.
  • Before the 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 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.
  • All final alterations, trims, corrections, etc. must be completed by the first public-preview of the production.
  • 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) and backup, as well as backup tights/socks, all labeled with actors’ initials.
  • Provide detailed accounting and receipts for costume materials purchases.  All expenses must be within the provided budget for the production.
  • Take care to maintain neatness when using shop and stock resources.
  • Return unused pulled-costumes back to stock.


  • Demonstrated interest and proficiency in costume construction, alteration, and clothing care techniques.
  • Effective organizational, communication, and time-management abilities.
  • Ability to manage personnel, who may be working on multiple projects.
  • Computer and internet proficiency.
  • Costume Shop Manager reports to Director and Production Manager.


The successful candidate will have previous industry experience. They will be flexible with the ability to work independently and as part of a team, and will be able to work successfully under pressure and meet deadlines and goals.  Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Costume Designer must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 before beginning work.



Designer fee is $3,500. Rehearsals begin February 2, 2022.



Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to



The American Shakespeare Center values and supports collaboration, inclusion, and work/life balance.  Our home in Staunton, Virginia supports these values with a livable, walkable downtown; low cost of living; diverse arts opportunities; easy access to cities like Richmond, Charlotte, and Washington, DC; and abundant outdoor activities in the surrounding Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains.