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NOW HIRING - Costume Designer & Manager (full-time staff position)

Lincoln Community Playhouse is seeking a Costume Designer and Manager. This is a full-time position with a salary of $35,000 plus health insurance.

Position begins January 1, 2024. Resumes and cover letter should be sent to

Application deadline is October 1, 2023.

Generally operating on a 4-day work week schedule with evenings and weekends as required. Must be willing to respond in real-time during off-peak and weekend hours due to the evolving nature of operating a live theatre venue.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Report to the Executive Director
  • Read scripts for all productions for the season (including any special events) and be thoroughly familiar with the play/musical prior to meeting with the Director
  • Participate in all production meetings for each production
  • Collaborate with set, lighting and sound designers to create a costume design to support the director’s concept of the production
  • Determine costume needs using script and historical reference to create a costume plot for each production
  • Build, rent or pull from stock any and all pieces required for production
  • Collaborate with the stage manager and director to schedule costume fittings, coordinate fast change rehearsals, costume parade and special needs for each actor’s individual movement
  • Attend all technical, dress rehearsals, and all post-tech rehearsal meetings as called by the director and/or Executive Director
  • Determine need for wardrobe crew. Create a schedule, monitoring the volunteers and providing support throughout the production process including strike, laundering and maintenance of all costuming items
  • Maintain costume inventory and shop, including costume cleaning, assigning repair work, shoe inventory, costume shop supplies, equipment and fabric inventory
  • Ensure budgetary control of materials and labor for all productions and assigned projects. Process all invoices for costume shop purchases with production budget in mind
  • Responsible for determining and administering shop budget aside from production
  • Oversee special projects such as dying fabric, painting and millinery
  • Recruit, train, and supervise costume volunteers.· 
  • Makeup and wig coordination. 
  • Facilitate costume rental and loaning process from stock including pricing (with the approval of the Executive Director), contracts, invoicing, fittings, cleaning, shipping and drop-off/pick-ups
  • Qualifications to include:
  • Minimum of a BFA or BF in costume design, similar focus, or comparable costume designer work experience.
  • Respectful communication with guest designers, co-workers, and volunteers
  • Organize, direct, and lead staff and volunteers of all experience levels
  • Proficient in gmail, Google docs and design software
  • Understanding and consistent practice of basic budgeting and bookkeeping
  • Possess a valid state issued driver’s license
  • Willingness to obtain other licenses or certificates needed for this position as required by law
  • Having a general understanding and appreciation for the performing arts in our community

Physical Requirements:

Frequently: stand/walk, sit, perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp forcefully, climb (ladders, etc), twist/bend/stoop/squat, reach/work above shoulders, lift regularly up to 50lbs and occasionally more, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, use a telephone, write by hand