Duties Expected of First Hand:

  • Assist Costume Designer with acquisition and construction of costumes for each production.
  • Cuts and sews fabric based on the instruction of the Costume Designer.
  • Supervises and instructs Costume Stitchers
  • Prepares alterations or construction projects for Costume Stitchers.
  • Attends all costume shop meetings.
  • Attends costume fittings as needed/requested.
  • Instructs additional stitchers on the accurate construction of costume, in tandem with Cutter/Draper.
  • Work with Wardrobe Manager to ensure all pieces are labeled correctly with actor initials, show, character as needed.
  • Works as liaison between Designer and Costume Shop to maintain artistic intent within the available financial and time resources.
  • Complete all final alterations, trims, and corrections by the first public preview of the production.
  • Have all costumes, shoes, and accessories ready for the first dress rehearsal of each production, in tandem with Cutter/Draper, as approved by the Designer.
  • Cleans and maintains equipment.
  • Maintains a safe, healthy and clean work /shop environment.
  • Performs other related work as required.
  • Reports to the ASC Costume Shop Manager.
  • Understanding pattern drafting.
  • Understand draping principles and drafting from draping.
  • Excellent machine and hand sewing skills.
  • Knowledge of other costume machinery including but not limited to irons, sergers, industrial sewing machines, and the grommet punch.
  • Knowledge of costume and fashion history.
  • Knowledge of fabric types and their uses for stage.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Good organizational skills.

This is a stipend position with negotiable housing for non-local applicants.

Please email adrienne.johnson.butler@americanshakespearecenter.com

Submit a complete application with cover letter, resume, and design sample or portfolio.
No phone calls or emails, please.