Draper/Tailor (Temporary)

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, DC
May 17, 2018
May 21, 2018
Accountant, IT
Full Time
**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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