Department: Performance Production
Reports To: Costume Area Head
Supervises: Work study students
Pay Grade: C, Non-exempt; Academic Year
Hours: Part time, with some weekend and evening work calls as scheduled for specific shows
Purpose: Assists the Costume Shop Supervisor in the administration of the shop, helps supervise students to produce quality garments while meeting production deadlines, assists in the cutting, stitching, fitting and finishing of costumes as needed for productions.
1. Assists in the creation of costumes for productions and provides direction in the absence of the Supervisor.
2. Assists in the construction of technical or advanced period and contemporary costumes for productions created in the costume shop including:
* working with student designers to understand their design and recommending fabric selections
* constructing mock-ups with commercial patterns or creating original patterns through drafting or draping, or adapting commercial patterns
* draping in muslin, cutting fabric, sewing, flat-lining and finishing costumes
* fitting costumes on actors and dancers and marking and making alterations
3. Assists the costume shop supervisor in supervising and running Labs and work calls; students construct 50-75% of all costumes. Work includes:
* assigning tasks to students
* explaining sewing techniques
* managing quality control with student constructed work
* instructing students on the safe operation of shop equipment
4. Assist in the fitting of costumes on actors and dancers in the costume shop and on location if necessary.
5. Assists in the basic maintenance of the shop facility and equipment including purchasing needed notions, supplies and machine service.
6. Participates in the dress rehearsal phase of productions as needed.
7. Other duties as assigned.
* Bachelorís Degree in a theater discipline plus two years experience or combination of equivalent education and experience
* Basic first-aid and CPR certification (training available)
* Valid Washington driverís license
* Experience in costume construction including draping, pattern drafting, textile modifications, sewing, etc.
* Knowledge and proficiency with various hand sewing techniques as they apply to costume construction.
* Knowledge of fashion history and period silhouette.
* Knowledge of different types of fabrics and uses.
* Knowledge of use and maintenance of domestic and industrial sewing machines and sergers
* Ability to use basic and specialized costuming implements such as rotary cutters, Industrial irons, scissors, grommet setters, commercial steamers, dye vats, and laundry equipment.
* Knowledge of specific needs of dancers in regard to dancewear
* Ability to meet production deadlines and work within short production times
* Ability to work with students with a wide range of sewing experience and ability.
* Self motivated worker, ability to multi-task
* Ability to lift 30lbs occasionally
* Attentive to detail
* Experience in an academic or not-for-profit environment
* Crafts and Tailoring experience
Please submit cover letter, resume, and completed Cornish Employment Application to:
Cornish College of the Arts
1000 Lenora Street
Seattle, WA 98121
Review of applications will take place as soon as possible with interviews beginning immediately.
Anticipated starting date: August 25th, 2008
Open Until Filled.