Stitcher (TEMPORARY)

Washington, DC
Aug 09, 2019
Sep 08, 2019
Full Time
*We are hiring for talented Seasonal Stitchers this Summer/Fall!

About the Organization:

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts ("The Kennedy Center") 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.

Mission Statement: As the nation's performing arts center, and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, we are a leader for the arts across America and around the world, reaching and connecting with artists, inspiring and educating communities. We welcome all to create, experience, learn about, and engage with the arts.

The Kennedy Center, which opened on September 8, 1971, is located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. The Center continues its efforts to fulfill President Kennedy's vision by producing and presenting an unmatched variety of theater and musicals, dance and ballet, orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular, world, and folk music, and multimedia performances for all ages.

Founded in 1956, the Washington National Opera ("WNO") has been an artistic affiliate of The Kennedy Center since 1956. WNO has a storied legacy of more than 100 new productions, plus world premieres, international tours, live recordings and radio broadcasts, as well as innovative education and community-engagement programs.

Job Description:

The Stitcher will construct, fit, alter, and refurbish costumes for all WNO productions, galas, concerts, and events. Contribute to the efficient and professional execution of work performed in the Costume Workroom.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Production 75%
  • Measure costumes for all rented and remounted productions as assigned.
  • Pre-alter and refurbish costumes prior to fittings as assigned.
  • Construct and alter costumes as instructed by the Draper and First Hand.
  • Complete notes from all costume fittings and dress rehearsals.
  • Maintain WNO quality standards.
  • Ensure that all work is completed accurately and on schedule.
  • Assist in the completion of post-production work on all costumes.
  • Assist the Draper or First Hand in costume fittings as needed.
  • Assist the Draper or First Hand at dress rehearsals as needed.

Costume Studio Facility 10%
  • Contribute to a safe and comfortable working environment.
  • Maintain a clean and organized workspace.
  • Ensure that equipment and supplies are properly maintained.
  • Keep informed about industry standards and new products.

Other 15%
  • Assist in the completion of costume stock projects as requested.
  • Assist with the organization and storage of all fabrics, trims, and supplies.
  • Set up and monitor volunteer projects as required.
  • Provide costume support for other company departments as necessary.
  • Other department needs as assigned by the Costume Director.

Key Qualifications:
  • High School Diploma or equivalent with professional training in clothing construction.
  • Working knowledge of various costume construction skills, including sewing, cutting, and tailoring of men's and women's clothing.
  • Working knowledge of costume history.
  • Proficiency in the operation of all costume workroom equipment.
  • Basic knowledge of workroom equipment maintenance.

Who You Are:
  • You are highly motivated and a self-starter.
  • You have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.