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Job Summary

NOTE:  This is a full time / seasonal job working the production year from mid-August to mid-May (41 weeks) annually.  Candidates must include a cover letter specifying their interest in and qualifications for this position.  The cover letter should be the first page of your resume and uploaded as one document.

As a comprehensive performing arts school set in one of the world’s finest public institutions of higher education, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) is deeply engaged in the creation, practice, scholarship, and pedagogy of music, theatre, and dance. We aim to provide leadership, nationally and internationally, in all three fields. We assert and celebrate the value of the arts to the mission of the University. SMTD is committed to sharing values of diversity & inclusion in order to achieve and sustain excellence.


  • Manage the usage, storage, maintenance, database, and rental of costume stock, with emphasis on the ten main stage productions produced by University Productions.
  • Assist other departments within University Productions with the transport of their stock materials between the warehouse and the shops & theatres.
  • Manage the overall usage, storage, maintenance, organization, inventory and rental of costume stock.  Maintain proprietary inventory database (Wardrobe Wizard) of the costume stock, including accurate documentation of garment descriptions and measurements. Photograph new costumes and enter all new barcoded items into the database.
  • Facilitate the use of costumes from stock in main stage productions by assisting the designers in pulling from stock. Transport pulled costumes between the costume shop, warehouse, and various theatres. Re-stock garments upon completion of use. Assist with laundry of stock garments with machines the warehouse.
  • Occasionally assist with costume crafts or costume construction when necessary to meet production deadlines, as directed by costume shop manager.
  • Facilitate the borrowing of costumes from stock for use in approved SMTD ancillary productions, such as Theatre & Musical Theatre studios, Opera workshops, Basement Arts, senior directing projects, and Dance-faculty projects. Make appropriate garments in stock available for pulling. Maintain regular stock hours for guests to visit stock to borrow and to return costumes.
  • Assist other departments with the transport of stock props and scenery that can be managed by one person from the warehouse to both shops and theatres.
  • Execute rental and loan agreements with rental clientele. Compose and submit invoices for all rental agreements. Provide copies to UProd. business office. Deposit rental funds promptly according to university's standard practices.  Make periodic reports on rentals. Ship costumes when necessary and pass on shipping costs. Build rental clientele. Maintain and continue to develop reciprocal arrangements with other universities.
  • Assign specific tasks to work-study students and other student assistants in job pool.
  • Notify supervisors when the warehouse building needs maintenance, and assist with the general maintenance of warehouse equipment and supplies. Assure that stock area is kept clean.
  • Coordinate periodic sales of surplus costumes as coordinated by Costume Shop Manager.  Coordinate donations of clothing.
  • Assist with the specification and recommendation of new equipment or the modification of existing equipment to meet operational or special production needs.
  • Assist with occasional special projects and facility improvements.

Required Qualifications*

  • A Bachelor’s degree in costuming, or the equivalent combination of education and experience with a professional company, is necessary.
  • The ability to sew and to repair costumes is necessary.
  • A broad knowledge of costume history and garment type is necessary.
  • Routinely moves heavy, rolling wardrobe racks weighing up to 50 pounds across campus for various events.  Must be able to move 50 lbs.  Ascends / descends stairs with wardrobe. 
  • This position involves traveling to various locations on and off campus to deliver materials.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures


Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in the wardrobe or stock department of a recognized professional theatre company, university or rental house is desirable.
  • Experience with entering into a relational database is desirable.
  • Computer proficiency, preferably on Macintosh systems and FileMaker Pro, is desirable.
  • Some experience with wigs & make-up is desirable.

Application Deadline

This job posting may be removed from the job boards at any time after the initial (7) days.  

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.