Costume Shop Manager

Costume Shop Manager

Reports to Production Manager

Job purpose

The Costume Shop Manager works closely with the Costume Designer, along with the rest of the Artistic Department leadership (Production Manager and Artistic Director). S/he/they is responsible for the management and implementation of all costumes as designed, or requested by the Director through Stage Management, while staying within budget and on schedule. This includes generating required paperwork and maintaining the organization of the Costume Shop and Costume Storage. This position’s additional role will be to serve as the coordinator of wardrobe and backstage dresser for all performances in Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s season.

All MRT employees are expected to embrace our mission statement and current strategic plan tenet of modeling Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at our core. MRT staff works in a manner consistent with these values by providing ongoing training, education, and action toward becoming an anti-racist and equitable institution across all races, ethnicities, abilities, sexual and gender expressions.

Duties and responsibilities

• Procure, construct, or provide all costumes, and costume props for each production, including making arrangements for any borrowed or rented items.
• Provide rehearsal replacement costumes as required for each rehearsal period.
• Meet deadlines as outlined by the production schedule.
• Respond promptly to daily rehearsal reports and implement any changes that come out of rehearsal and preview process.
• Attend all production meetings, company meetings, technical rehearsals and technical rehearsal production meetings.
• Keep accurate and up to date paperwork on all productions, including all necessary paperwork for running wardrobe during rehearsal and performances.
• Operate within provided budgets to execute the needs of the show, promptly inform the Production Manager of potential delays in schedule or budgetary overages.
• Hire and manage all related labor needed to accomplish these tasks, as well as the scheduling and management of all shop volunteers or educational interns.
• Accurately and promptly process all receipts using MRT’s Budget tracking and reconciliation practices.
• Oversee and assist Wardrobe in the maintain and repair of all costumes, wigs, related apparel, and make-up during all rehearsals and performances of MRT productions. Including sewing, laundry, dry cleaning delivery and pick-up, and other related duties.
• Manage the running of fittings, load-ins and strikes for each show.
• Oversee Wardrobe dressers and assist in making run, care and transition paperwork as needed.
• As needed assist the designer through online sourcing, as well as retrieving or returning local retail purchases.

Management of Equipment and Spaces:
• Maintain and curate MRT’s inventory of costume shop stock and supplies, including upkeep of costume stock and equipment inventory. This includes organizing of the space, and disposing of items as needed.
• Maintain an accurate and up to date digital inventory of items to share with designers.
• Coordinate any rentals from MRT to other organizations, keep accurate records of items on loan, and reconcile returns.
• Maintain all MRT tools and equipment not used exclusively by other departments.
• Oversee Wardrobe in the cleaning and stocking MRT’s dressing rooms regularly, reporting to any facility or actor needs that are outside of regular costume related duties.

Community and Interdepartmental:
• Work with leadership to create and sustain a thriving organizational and workplace culture, ensuring transparency on culture-related expectations.
• Commit to fostering a workplace culture that infuses practices of anti-racism and equity into its everyday practices as well as its core principles.
• Be a role model for the organization in incorporating equity into all interactions with guest artists and community partners, centering their voices and acknowledging the different aspects of their cultural needs that may differ from established practice.
• Foster and maintain relationships with vendors, other regional theatre departments, schools, and community partners throughout the region.
• Serve as needed and appropriate as a key holder/ staff representative for unexpected needs or emergencies. Provide assistance as needed to Lowell Memorial Auditorium staff or artists, vendors, emergency services, or MRT patrons. Report unusual events, or uncooperative individuals to Production Manager or Senior Staff representative.
• Provide support to Education, Special Events, Company Management, and any other departments’ projects as needed.
• Maintain and help to enforce MRT best practices regarding safety, cleanliness, and professionalism.

Other duties as assigned within reason or with adequate compensation.


• 3+ years experience in costume construction, or related field.
• Ability to review and interpret Costume Renderings, and execute best industry practices in their creation.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability for creative problem solving.
• Ability to use a variety of sewing and serging machines, both industrial and domestic.
• Proficient knowledge of Word, Excel, and Outlook.
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
• Current driver’s license.

Costume Shop Manager
January 3rd, 2022 - May 27th, 2022

Working conditions

This position requires regular nights and weekends.

Physical requirements

Ability to lift 50 lbs, stand for 2 hours, and operate various powered and non-powered tools.

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