Draper/Tailor (Temporary)

Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
May 14, 2018
Closes
Jun 18, 2018
Industry
Nonprofit
Hours
Contract

**This is a temporary position.

 

Summary:

Pattern, construct, fit, alter, and refurbish costumes for all WNO productions, galas, concerts, and events. Monitor the efficient and professional execution of work performed in the Costume Workroom.

 

Duties and Responsibility:

 

Planning 15%

• Create costume construction schedules and timelines in conjunction with the Costume Studio Coordinator and Costume Crafts Supervisor.

• Coordinate general costume maintenance needs within the season work schedule.

 

Costume Studio Personnel 15%

• Instruct and supervise workroom staff in the construction and alteration of costumes.

• Ensure that timesheet recording for First Hands and Stitchers is accurate.

• Interview potential Stitchers and First Hands, and administer stitching tests as appropriate.

 

Costume Studio Facility 10%

• Provide a safe and comfortable working environment for all staff and volunteers.

• Maintain a clean and organized workplace.

• Ensure that equipment and supplies are properly maintained.

• Keep informed about industry standards and new products.

 

Production 20%

• Measure and assign costumes for all rented and remounted productions.

• Coordinate the pre-alteration or refurbishment of costumes to be fitted.

• Determine a course of action with the Costume Coordinator for any difficult fitting issues.

• Coordinate the completion of notes from all fittings and dress rehearsals.

• Analyze new costume designs with the Costume Designer or Costume Coordinator to determine a course of action for each costume.

• Research any period styles and techniques necessary to complete each costume.

• Provide yardage estimates for any fabrics and trims required for each costume.

• Develop patterns and supervise the construction process through completion.

• Monitor the progress of work in the workroom for each production.

• Maintain WNO quality standards within the workroom.

• Ensure that all costume pieces are completed accurately and on schedule.

• Ensure that post production work is completed on all costumes.

 

Costume Fittings 25%

• Inform Costume Coordinator when costumes are ready to be fitted.

• Conduct costume fittings for performers in each production as assigned.

• Ensure that every performer is reasonably comfortable in the costume.

• Ensure that notes from each fitting are accurately recorded.

 

Dress Rehearsals 10%

• Attend all dress rehearsals as requested by the Costume Director.

• Ensure each performer is appropriately and completely dressed in costume.

• Communicate costume notes for compilation.

• Provide the Wardrobe Supervisor and wardrobe personnel with specific dressing instructions when appropriate.

 

Other 5%

• Ensure that all patterns, fabrics, and trims are organized and properly stored.

• Attend weekly Costume Studio staff meetings. 

• Coordinate and monitor the activities of costume interns and apprentices.

• Set up and supervise volunteer projects in conjunction with the Costume Studio Supervisor as required.

• Provide the Costume Director with ongoing and annual appraisals of First Hands and Stitchers.

• Provide costume support for other company departments as necessary.

• Other department needs as assigned by the Costume Director.

 

 

Education/Experience

• Bachelor’s Degree in theater or comparable professional experience, with training in costume design, production, patternmaking, and tailoring.

• Costume pattern making, construction, and history.  Draping, and tailoring of men’s and women’s clothing. Managerial, including employee supervision, scheduling, and time management.

 

Minimum Skills and/or Knowledge Required

• Must be highly motivated and a self starter

• Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.

• Complete knowledge of costume history.

• Complete knowledge of various costume construction skills, including sewing, draping, patternmaking, tailoring, and crafts.

• Proficiency in the operation of all costume workroom equipment.

• Basic knowledge of workroom equipment maintenance.

• Macintosh computer skills including Microsoft Office and Filemaker Pro.

 

Physical Requirements of the Job

• Must be able to lift 50 pounds

• Must be able to climb and work safely from ladders

 

 

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world premier performing arts organization and our nation’s cultural center. Diversity is a critical component of our mission, vision, and values. Our staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which enable us to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion.

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