The Draper/Cutter (Patternmaker) is responsible for all facets of the construction process for the creation of theatrical costumes.
â— Perform fittings, alterations and refurbishment of existing costumes for the Theatre Arts and Dance productions, including maintenance of pulled or rented clothing items. â— Perform construction, alteration, and refurbishment of costumes. â— Create pattern work for construction of garments. Interpret original design work and custom patterning based on the design. â— Determine yardage for fabric and trims. â— Research period styles and techniques as necessary to complete Designer specifications. â— Conduct costume fittings. â— Fit and prepare alterations of garments. â— Cut fabric based on created patterns for projects. â— Maintain and manage costume stock. â— Wardrobe Crew Chief supervising wardrobe crew for main-stage productions. â— Assist in costume craft work. â— Perform finishing work using both hand and industrial machine stitching. â— Press, steam, and label finished costumes. â— Complete assigned costumes with high quality within timeline and budget. â— Assist undergraduate and graduate students. â— Perform related duties as assigned needed to successfully fulfill the function of the position. â— Assist with onboarding and mentorship of costume shop employees/students, providing timely, candid, and constructive performance feedback, developing students to their fullest potential and providing challenging opportunities that enhance student growth. â— Maintain a safe, clean, efficient, and organized environment for costume creation. â— Teach one course or one or more sections of one course per semester.
Required Education: â— Bachelor’s Degree â— 3 years professional theatre experience in a costume shop.
Required Qualifications Professional experience in the following: â— Theatrical costuming practices and techniques â— Costume construction skills, including demonstrated proficiency in flat patterning and draping â— Sewing with an industrial sewing machine, serger, blind hemmer and industrial irons. â— Hand stitching â— Patterning and cutting for period and modern garments. â— Valid Driver's License required to travel to fabric shops and pick up materials for costumes and/or props. â— Must be able to work evenings and/or weekends, particularly prior to openings of theatre production presentations. â— Must be able to stand for extended periods; lift up to 30 lbs and be able to kneel and/or stoop for short periods, and engage in repetitive motions. â— Ability to translate a costume sketch into component parts â— Ability to accurately read and understand written materials and verbal instructions
Preferred Qualifications: â— Master's degree in costume technology â— Experience in construction of dancewear â— Tailoring experience â— Worked or trained in a professional costume shop a minimum of five years â— Knowledge or experience with computer aided design programs â— Demonstrated supervisory experience in a professional and/or academic setting. â— Knowledge of textiles, fabrics, and fabrications. â— Ability to communicate well and build rapport quickly with students, faculty, and staff â— Strong initiative to solve problems â— Ability to plan ahead and anticipate potential setback and resolved conflict and crisis calmly and succinctly. â— Ability to complete work within deadlines with demonstrated organizational skills, prioritization, and multi-tasking. â— Ability to work productively under pressure â— Demonstration of practical initiative; respectful, courteous and cooperative relationships; affirmative, efficient and ethical working practices â— Evidence of sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of staff and students. Interest in leading through a lens of equity, cultural awareness, and sensitivity.
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