The Naples Players
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Costume Shop Director

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Costume Shop Director

REPORTS TO: Director of Production & Operations

JOB TYPE: Seasonal Full Time Hourly

START DATE: Spring/Summer 2022

SALARY RANGE: Subject to union labor agreement, currently $23.26/hour


  • Option to participate in PPT Medical, Dental, Vision plans in lieu of welfare contribution (portion of premium covered by employee contribution).

  • Relocation Assistance to be negotiated

Position Summary

Costume Shop Director is directly responsible for interfacing with Costume and Hair/Makeup Designers and overseeing the budgeting, construction, pulling, and fitting of costumes for productions within financial and deadline specifications. The Costume Shop Director provides a knowledge of costume aesthetics and proper fit, a comprehension of period styles, and is expected to maintain sufficient quantities and types of materials on hand for use during builds and daily operations. The Costume Shop Director is also responsible for overseeing, and advocating for, the success of the Wardrobe and Hair/Makeup departments at the Theater.


Essential Duties

  • ​To represent the Theater at all times as a brand ambassador to guest artists, vendors, and patrons.

  • To demonstrate inclusive behavior and cultivate same in all Costume, Wardrobe and Hair/Makeup employees.

  • To read the script of each show and make recommendations for costuming based on in-house availability and budget constraints, including the availability of staff.

  • To advise and, as possible, to oversee the season schedule for costume and wardrobe areas including, but not limited to, design deadlines, designer residency dates, costume build schedule, and wardrobe staff work schedule.

  • To interface with the Show Director, Costume Designer, and Wardrobe Supervisor effectively to achieve the costume design and appropriate hair and makeup treatments, and to assign and oversee costume construction and the satisfaction of hair and/or makeup needs from designer sketches.

  • To supervise the members of the costume and wardrobe departments, including, but not limited to, work assignments, scheduling (including overhire employees), training, evaluation, and hands-on assistance with projects.

  • To interface with the Stage Manager so as to meet rehearsal needs for costumes and to assist in the organization of quick changes as necessary.

  • To schedule and perform costume fittings and any necessary hair and makeup consultations for actors, in collaboration with the Stage Manager and the Wardrobe Supervisor.

  • To provide inventory control for the Theater’s costume stock by assisting with or assigning the organization and restocking of costumes, maintaining costumes, removing unusable costumes from stock, cleaning costumes, and supervising the pulling of costumes for productions.

  • To engage in purchasing for the Costume Department on a per show basis; to rent costumes, accessories, and equipment as needed; and to assist the Wardrobe Supervisor with the same.

  • To perform budget control with respect to the departmental expenses and costs by maintaining records with respect to purchases, inventory, and other budgetary concerns, as well as supervising and controlling petty cash and credit card account(s).

  • To prepare for and participate in meetings and rehearsals as scheduled, and to represent the Costume Department during those meetings.

  • To assist other production departments as needed.

  • To participate as substitute wardrobe supervisor or dresser when assigned.

  • To update production costume “look books” and corresponding paperwork, and to oversee the creation of updated wardrobe and hair/makeup running tracks, as production documentation, to be forwarded to the Stage Manager and the Director of Production & Operations prior to the opening of each show.

  • To interface with vendors and donors to negotiate trades and in-kind contributions as they apply to Costume Department needs.

  • To secure GHS Safety Data Sheets on materials when purchased, and to submit the same to the Director of Production & Operations in a timely manner.

  • To perform all assignments in a safe and cautious manner and insist on the same from co- workers.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Five years of experience in professional costume work, including one year of supervisory experience.

  • Thorough knowledge of all areas of theatrical costuming, including theatrical production calendar.

  • A keen sense of costume aesthetics and an understanding of proper fit.

  • Working knowledge of costume materials, and costume and fashion history, including garment manufacturing.

  • Demonstrated ability to work within budget and deadline parameters.

  • Knowledge of safety standards for costume shops.

  • The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).

  • Proficiency using cloud-based information sharing systems.

  • Must have effective organizational, time management, and decision-making skills.

  • Must be able to demonstrate inclusive behavior, ability to communicate about body types, hair types, skin tones, and genders with neutral/positive language.

  • Confidentiality and discretion are required.

  • Knowledge of IATSE collective bargaining agreements, and the ability to work in collegial partnership with union and non-union employees.

  • Must be, or be willing to become, a member of IATSE TWU Local 787.

  • Commitment to the values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the ability to manage with these values centered.