Boston, MA Costume Shop and Wardrobe


The heart of Boston Ballet is the human experience. Through our living and breathing art, we forge human connections—between artist and attendee, teacher and trainee, friend and newcomer, one's outer and inner self. We believe that the community of employees that makes dance possible is better together when talented individuals with varied life experiences, identities, races, cultures and ideas are welcomed, encouraged, and heard.

Internationally acclaimed performances, world-class dance education, and ground-breaking community initiatives have placed Boston Ballet as a leader in its field and one of the major dance companies in the world. Boston Ballet is currently seeking a full-time draper who will be considered exempt. The ideal candidate has 3-5 years minimum experience draping costumes at a professional theater level and will lead a team forward on projects in conjunction with the other teams in place. Work involves new builds with designers and choreographers as well as remounts of existing and rented productions as needed. The Costume Shop is a fast paced, multi-program environment. Competitive pay and benefits commensurate with experience. 


· Draping and pattern making for assigned designs

· Fitting new and existing costumes as assigned by the Director of Costumes

· Supervising alterations and finish work on assigned costumes

· Measuring new Artists as needed

· Scheduling crew with approval of Director; anticipating need for overtime or overhire work and notifying Director regarding scheduling

· Supervising crew and monitoring crew safety 

· Calculating yardage and supplies for orders

· Maintaining excellence of product 

· Training personnel as necessary

· Maintaining clean and organized worktables and racks

· Attending Dress Rehearsals, taking notes, and trouble-shooting backstage 

· Other duties as assigned



· Minimum MFA in costume technology or comparable professional experience

· Minimum 3-5 years draping in a costume shop at a professional level

· In depth knowledge of ballet costumes, costume history, construction, and historic patterns

· The willingness and desire to learn and teach new methods

· Advanced knowledge of sewing and textiles, especially stretch garments

· Knowledge of machinery used in costume construction

· Demonstrated supervisory experience and leadership in a professional theater setting

· Ability to work effectively under pressure

· Strong problem-solving skills

· Good organizational and interpersonal skills 

· Excellent attention to detail

Boston Ballet requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including boosters, within one month of eligibility, as a condition of employment unless the employee is entitled to a religious or medical exemption.