City Theatre Company (LORT D), Pittsburgh’s leading professional theater dedicated to new plays, seeks to hire an Overhire Costume Shop Assistant.
This is an overhire, hourly, seasonal position that will participate in the assisting of costume construction and organization of up to five mainstage productions, as well as support builds and load-ins of presented works, Young Playwrights Festival, and City Events, during City Theatre’s ten-month season. The costume shop is in the Morris Building, two doors down from the 254-seat mainstage, 100-seat studio theatre, and offices on Pittsburgh’s South Side.
The Overhire Costume Shop Assistant will work closely with the Costume Shop Manager in all aspects of altering, shopping, and pulling of costumes for the season.
The position’s anticipated start date is ASAP as of 8/18/2021.
Principle responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to:
· Helping prepare shows by unpacking, measuring, rehanging, steaming, and/or stitching costume pieces
· Assisting with altering costume pieces, including basic tailoring, hand stitching, machine sewing, and more
· Restocking and reorganizing of the costume stock once shows are struck
· Preparing costume stock for upcoming shows by pulling and organizing pieces, assisting with creating and/or acquiring new pieces as needed
· Assisting with in-person shopping and errands
· Being on-hand for tech rehearsals to assist Costume Shop Manager as needed
· Assisting with merchandise returns to stores and online shops as needed
Reporting & Compensation:
The position reports to the Costume Shop Manager (Madison Hack). The rate is $13 an hour. The anticipated season dates run August 16, 2021 – May 27, 2022. Overhire hours are scheduled on an as-needed basis per week; weekly schedule determined in advance as early as possible.
The successful candidate will demonstrate:
· Skills in and knowledge of both hand sewing and machine sewing (domestic and industrial)
· Skills in and knowledge of alteration techniques
· Previous costume and/or theatre experience is a plus, but not required
· Experience in patterning, crafts, and/or dyeing fabrics is a plus, but not required
· Comfort with physical demands that include frequent heavy lifting, kneeling, bending over, working at sewing machines, using ladders, and working at height
· Ability to work productively under time pressures and meet strict deadlines
· Excellent communication skills - written, oral, visual
· Strong organizational skills
· Ability to interact effectively and professionally with staff, management, vendors, and artists
· Dedication to enthusiastic collaboration, positive communication, and inclusive behavior
· A commitment to collaboration and the organization’s values, which include a dedicated focus on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility (employees are expected to engage in company-led professional training related to the organization’s anti-racism commitments.)
· Available for flexible hours on an “as needed” basis starting ASAP, work is anywhere from 4-12 hours in a scheduled day; some early evenings and weekends will be required
· Opportunity to move around departments might be available: please note if you have experience in carpentry, props, or scenic painting
As City Theatre returns to an in-person work environment, it is requiring all employees, artists, and volunteers to demonstrate proof of Covid-19 vaccination and/or legally allowable exemptions.
ABOUT CITY THEATRE:
Founded in 1975, City Theatre is in its 46th season as Pittsburgh’s home for bold new plays. Located in the historic South Side on its four-building cultural campus, the company produces a season of regional and world premieres; its renowned Young Playwrights Festival, now in its 21st year; a season-long reading series of new works in progress; and the annual Momentum Festival. City Theatre’s mission is to provide an artistic home for the development and production of contemporary plays of substance and ideas that engage and challenge a diverse audience. Its vision is to be the best mid-sized theater in America. Organizational Core Values are: Community; Collaboration; Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility; and Creativity.
With an annual average operating budget of $3 million, City Theatre is the largest performing arts organization not located in Pittsburgh’s downtown Cultural District and is a constituent and core member of the League of Resident Theaters (LORT), Theatre Communications Group (TCG), and the National New Play Network (NNPN). Marc Masterson returned as Artistic Director in July 2018, after an 18-year absence, to join Managing Director James McNeel as co-leaders of the organization. It is governed by an engaged board of 21 community volunteers (Alex Condron, board president).
Like almost all arts organizations, City Theatre was forced to halt its 2019-2020 season in the middle of March due to the Covid-19 national crisis. Its modified 46th season began in September with a reimagined line-up of shows, including the creation of a live, outdoor drive-in theatrical experience (making City Theatre one of just a few organizations nationwide to find a safe way to perform before in-person audiences) as well as a suite of original digital content.
City Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In building an equitable work environment, the organization values diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skill sets. It does not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. City Theatre is committed to building a team that reflects its values and encourages all interested candidates to apply.
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter (required) via the online application to Madison Hack, Costume Shop Manager. If you have a portfolio or website, please include the link information, as well.