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


Include but are not limited to:

  • Manage the care, laundering, and maintenance of all costumes, wigs, accessories, and footwear used in ASC productions.

  • Be onsite for all performances, assisting with costume changes and making emergency repairs as needed during performances.

  • Attend production meetings.

  • Offer advice on costume choices, quick-rigging, and construction, in order to maintain integrity of costume design and production standards throughout each show run.

  • Collaborate with Costume Shop Manager on the transition of costumes from shop to theatre for dress rehearsals.

  • Attend tech and dress rehearsals; work with Costume Shop Manager and team to complete costume notes.

  • Coordinate with Costume Shop Manager and designers to ensure costume lists and care sheets are up to date and accurate.

  • Distribute costume lists and care sheets to actors and stage management before first tech.

  • Assist actors with make-up design and proper use and care of wigs.

  • Coordinate with Costume Shop Manager on strikes and dry cleaning pickup/return.

  • Maintain cleanliness of wardrobe and dressing room areas.

  • Maintain wardrobe, laundry, dressing room, and show expendable supplies, consulting with Costume Shop Manager on budgets and purchasing with reasonable lead time.

  • Supervise and schedule wardrobe interns.

  • Work with Costume Shop Manager on restocking costume pieces throughout the season

  • Provide support for special events and company projects as requested.


  • Demonstrated interest and proficiency in costume construction, alteration, and clothing care techniques.

  • Experience as a dresser.

  • Proficiency in wig styling and maintenance.

  • Experience with theatrical make-up.

  • Effective organizational, communication, and time-management abilities.

  • Ability to manage multiple, overlapping productions, projects, and personnel.

  • Computer and internet proficiency.

  • Valid Driver’s license and vehicle.

Wardrobe Manager reports to the Costume Shop Manager and works closely with stage management, designers, and actors.


The successful candidate will have experience as a dresser and wardrobe maintenance. 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.


Salary is $540 per week. Position includes health insurance and paid time off.


Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Jay McClure, Associate Producing Director, via email at


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.