Costume Technician (Wardrobe)
Description

Job Title: Costume Technician (Wardrobe/Stitcher)

Department: Costumes

Reports To: Costume Shop Director, Shop Supervisor

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, Seasonal Full-time

Pay Tier: 3

Salary Range: $15-17$625-$650 /week (37 weeks), competitive benefits package including health insurance, dental insurance, voluntary supplemental benefits, 401(k), vacation, sick time, and paid holidays.

Desired Start Date: ASAP

Summary: Under general direction, alternates Wardrobe (show call) duties and Stitcher (shop call) duties throughout the season

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Responsibilities while on Show Call:

  • Prepares wardrobe paperwork for the run of the show (i.e. dressing lists, preset checklists, run sheets)
  • Sets up logical and effective changing areas and ensures quick changes go smoothly
  • Carries out the preset accurately and consistently
  • Carries out cleaning, pressing, steaming, mending, repairing and replacing as necessary for each show
  • Ensures that all costumes are ready to wear at showtime
  • Keeps laundry room and wardrobe spaces clean and tidy, letting supervisors know when show supplies are needed
  • Keeps costumes and accessories for show in order
  • May need to carry out daily wig maintenance and assist actors with hair/wig needs during the show
  • Strikes the show at the end of the run
  • May be a lead over the seasonal apprentice when paired on a show together acting as a mentor while they assist in Wardrobe duties that the Costume Tech assigns them

Responsibilities while on Shop Call:

  • Carries out all constructing, stitching, and alteration projects as assigned
  • May assist in note taking and fittings
  • Assists with strike and/or pull
  • Assists with unpacking/packing and shopping/rental returns
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Experience / Education:

Three or more years of professional experience and/or training in theatrical costuming, stitching, and running wardrobe; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Technical Skills:

Effective communication skills, proficient sewing construction and alteration skills, basic crafting, basic hair/makeup skills

Computer Skills:

Proficiency with MS Office suite (Excel, Word) and internet software

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must have the physical ability to regularly operate sewing equipment
  • Must have the physical ability to move objects weighing up to 25 pounds

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Schedule includes regular nights and weekends
  • The noise level in the work environment is ranges from low to high.
  • Trinity Rep is a collaborative work environment, and employees are expected to be open and willing to collaborate across departments and teams.
  • Trinity Rep is on an active and ongoing journey to be anti-racist organization, advancing anti-racist policies and practices, and fostering and sustaining a culture that values community, social justice, and equity.
  • This position will have off multiple weeks unpaid each summer based on our season schedule, which will be known in advance.

Trinity Repertory Company is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a culturally diverse, equitable, and anti-racist environment. For information about Trinity Rep’s commitment to antiracism, please visit trinityrep.com/antiracism.

ABOUT TRINITY REPERTORY COMPANY

Rhode Island’s Tony Award-winning theater company, Trinity Rep has created unparalleled professional theater for and with its community since its founding in 1963. Trinity Rep is committed to reinventing the public square and inspiring dialogue by creating emotionally-stimulating productions and innovative education programs for all ages and abilities. Whether classical or contemporary, all of Trinity Rep’s productions connect audiences with the play and each other in meaningful and sometimes surprising ways. Its annual production of A Christmas Carol has brought families together for 40+ years and made memories for over a million audience members. Trinity Rep shapes the future of the nation’s theater through the development and production of new plays, as well as the tuition-free Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA program – one of the leading programs for actor and director training in the world.

Trinity Rep strives to facilitate human connection through its commitment to forming meaningful community partnerships, creating a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, delivering exceptional customer service, and connecting patrons with its resident company of artists. Trinity Rep has resolved to place antiracism at the center of its work, and has embarked on a robust planning process to develop and implement a bold new vision for theater making, education, and community engagement, founded on the principles of genuine equity and antiracism.

Located in downtown Providence, Trinity Rep has long been a driving force behind the creativity that fuels and defines the region. Typically employing over 250 artists, educators, and administrators, the organization generates nearly $21 million in direct and indirect economic activity annually. It is one of 76 theaters nationwide with membership in LORT (the League of Resident Theaters), the organization representing America’s leading professional theater companies.

Learn more at www.trinityrep.com/about/.

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY

Ranked #1 in Travel + Leisure Magazine’s 2014 America’s Favorite Cities Survey, praised by Architectural Digest as “The country’s best small city,” and named America’s Coolest City by GQ Magazine in 2015, Providence is the capital and most populous city in Rhode Island. Founded in 1636, it is one of the oldest cities in the United States and the third-largest city in the New England region after Boston and Worcester. Providence has a city population of 180,609 and is part of the Providence metropolitan area with an estimated population of 1,622,520. The region is considered part of the Greater Boston combined statistical area, the sixth largest in the country, with over eight million residents.

Once nicknamed the “Beehive of Industry,” Providence has rebranded itself as the “Creative Capital” to emphasize its educational resources (Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence College, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, and Johnson & Wales University) and arts community. Over the last twenty years, much of Providence has undergone a true civic renaissance, as political leaders and residents have propelled the city into an exciting place to work and live. City streets are packed with boutiques, hotels, renovated lofts, excellent restaurants, and art spaces.

In addition to being the home of Trinity Repertory Company, Providence has a remarkable arts and culture community that includes nationally renowned community arts center, AS220; the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra; RISD Museum; Providence Athenaeum; Festival Ballet; and WaterFire. Providence is also home to several performing arts centers such as the Veterans Memorial Auditorium and the Providence Performing Arts Center, as well as a number of smaller theaters. The city’s music scene, centered on artist-run spaces, is well known in underground music circles.

The restaurant scene in Providence is second to none and a source of immense pride for residents, as the city has been consistently recognized as a top city for food. Because of Rhode Island’s proximity to the ocean, many restaurants, grocery stores, and farmer’s markets boast food sourced from the state itself, giving real meaning to the phrase “farm-to-table” dining. From bakeries and coffee shops, to bars and food trucks, there is no shortage of fun, excellent, cutting-edge dining in the city.