Indiana Repertory Theatre Seeks Costumer/First Hand

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Indiana Repertory Theatre Seeks Costumer/First Hand


POSITION TITLE:  Costumer/First Hand

CREATED:  April 2022

SUPERVISOR’S TITLE:  Costume Shop Manager

FLSA STATUS: Seasonal Non-Exempt

SALARY: Starts at $15/hour, DOE

DATES: 8.15.22- 4.23.23

As the Costumer/First Hand, you are a theatrical craftsperson and will be assigned construction projects commensurate with the skills of an entry level associate.




Assist the Draper in the creation of patterns, cut fabric based on patterns supplied by the Draper and make patterns for facings and linings based on original pattern supplied by Draper.
Perform sewing duties as assigned by Draper or Costume Shop Manager.
Attend fittings to assist and take notes for Draper.
Maintain the integrity of the Costume Design through his/her interpretation of the sketch and prepare alterations from the fittings.
Assist in pulling as needed and sit with the designer at technical rehearsals and previews as assigned.
Maintain your personal work area, including sewing machinery, cutting table, and bulletin boards as necessary to keep work moving effectively and to promote a professional environment.
Attend weekly shop meetings and consult with other team members, co-workers and Costume Shop Manager concerning problems and their possible solutions.
Maintain inventory of sewing supplies and fabrics and communicate needs in a timely manner.
Talk with visitors and tour groups as needed.
Perform other duties such as pulling, restocking, and maintenance.
Perform such tasks, services, duties, and responsibilities in accordance with IRT policies, rules, regulations, and instructions now in force or which may be adopted from time to time during Employee’s employment at the IRT.


Other duties as determined by Costume Shop Manager and Production Manager.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the following education and/or experience:

Experience working in a professional costume shop or degree in costume technology.
Experience cutting out patterns and manipulating fabric.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. We will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.

Proficiency in operating costume related machinery.
Experience manipulating fabric.
Ability to work in a team and maintain a positive attitude.
Ability to collaborate with fellow staff and free-lance artists.
Ability to work occasional nights and weekends.

COVID-19 vaccination and proof of vaccination are required for employment at the IRT.
The physical demands described here are representative of those an individual must meet in order to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. We will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.

This position frequently communicates with groups of people in open areas.
This position assists in observing and judging garment finish from the theatre seats.
This position frequently operates costume machinery.
This position works in a stationary position for 50% of the time or more.
Occasionally ascends/descends stairs/work ladders.
Occasionally will work outside to load or unload costume elements to/from vehicles.
Ability to transport 25 pounds of costumes.
Please send a cover letter and resume with three references to  Please include the position for which you would like to be considered in the subject line. You may also mail them to the Indiana Repertory Theatre ATTN: Production Manager, 140 W Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.

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