Costume Shop Manager

Full Time

REPORTS TO: Production Manager

POSITION STATUS: Full Time - hours variable, includes weekends, evenings and holidays.  Must be present during all tech weeks, strike and annual gala.


REVISION DATE: April 21, 2022


The Costume Shop Manager is responsible for the successful execution of costume designs for the professional and student seasons as well as the annual Gala.


  • Supervises a Full-time Costume/Props Shop Assistant and overhire per show on a regular basis. 
  • Hires all costume over-hire and contract labor as needed per show/season.
  • Advises the Production Manager on the creation of budgets, reconciles receipts, and tracks and monitors costume budgets for all productions. 
  • Acts as primary cutter/draper. 
  • Organizes build schedules in order to meet Tech week deadlines.
  • Supervises (as well as performs) the construction, alteration, repair, cleaning/maintenance and storage of theatrical costumes and the construction or purchase of wigs and theatrical make-up. 
  • Works closely with Designers to maintain vision. 
  • In charge of purchasing all items needed for shows per designer's choices and organizing returns as needed. 
  • Attends production meetings and technical rehearsals in the Mainstage and Studio theatres as needed to ensure costume shop coverage of all Imagination Stage productions 
  • Maintains the costume storage areas and inventory of available stock. This includes pulling costume pieces for rehearsals and productions and the restocking of costume items once returned. 
  • Organizes and runs a costume sale every other year in order to control overflow of stock and provide another source of income for the organization. 
  • Facilitates rentals/borrowing of stock items upon request.
  • Trains all Apprentices performing wardrobe duties for main-stage shows, including providing laundry instructions and costume plot paperwork, and serves as a mentor to Production Apprentices. 
  • Schedule dry cleaning pickup and drop off of costumes weekly during show runs.
  • Work with other production staff members to consult on and assist with the creation of fabric set and props pieces as needed.


  • Knowledge of theater production operations, procedures and design process 
  • Skill in making patterns, cutting, draping, sewing, dying and fitting costumes – craft work, millinery and wig design skills a plus
  • Knowledge of basic machine maintenance for home, industrial, and serger machines
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques of costume construction 
  • Knowledge of costume history
  • Demonstrates attention to detail 
  • Demonstrates ability to manage and mentor
  • Demonstrates ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to lift, push or maneuver up to 30-50lbs repeatedly either alone or with others
  • Ability to professionally and effectively communicate with designers, actors, and other staff members


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience required.


Three to five years of professional experience in a costume shop is required. One to two years experience in a management role strongly preferred.


  • $50,000-$60,000, depending on experience
  • Generous paid time off: holidays, personal time, sick days, vacation days 
  • Transit/Parking benefit 
  • Generous free and reduced priced tickets, classes, and summer camps

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job, and are in line with those of the live performance industry. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work will take place indoors in costume shop, dressing rooms, and stage settings. Lighting conditions vary from dim/dark to very bright and ambient sound levels can vary from very quiet to loud, with variations in duration. Normal working hours are usually 9am-5pm except for tech rehearsals which are 7 out of 8 hours.


Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].

Subject line: Costume Shop Manager

Imagination Stage celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive workplace that values members of our whole community. Imagination Stage is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It does not tolerate discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.  Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

For best consideration, please apply by June 3, 2022.

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