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Job Summary

NOTE:  This is a full time / seasonal job working the production year from August - April annually.

To be considered for this position, candidates must include a cover letter specifying their interest in and qualifications for this postion.  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 of Michigan. SMTD is committed to sharing values of diversity and inclusion in order to achieve and sustain excellence.

Basic Function And Responsibility

Drape, pattern, cut, fit, alter and provide associated costume-construction services for the approximately 10 productions per academic year produced by University Productions for the Theatre, Dance, Musical Theatre, and Opera departments.  This position reports to the costume shop manager.  The assistant shop manager gives advice on draping, cutting, and time management.


  • Drape, pattern, cut, and fit costumes, as assigned by the costume shop manager, according to the designs of the costume designer within the parameters of the production budget.
  • Fit and alter costumes rented or from stock, as assigned by the costume shop manager, according to the images of the costume designer within the parameters of the production budget.
  • Calculate yardages and labor requirements to assist costume shop manager in budgeting.
  • Measure performers and enter measurements into the computer database.
  • Coordinate or schedule, when appropriate, fittings with the costume designer, shop manager & performers. Provide crafts artisan with any notes that may have been generated during a fitting.
  • Assign specific tasks to stitchers, work-study students and other student assistants in job pool. Assist with the stitching of costumes when needed.
  • Assist with the training of student assistants on specific tasks in the practical aspects of costume construction and theatrical practices while the students are engaged in labor in the shop, or while they are on running crews (faculty will advise on aesthetics).
  • Coordinate and cooperate with other shop staff to meet production deadlines. Ensure that all assigned costumes are ready for use at each first dress rehearsal. Attend first dress rehearsal with costume designer to facilitate final adjustments prior to the opening of a production.
  • For assigned performers, compile and computer-enter costume inventory lists, including laundry and other care instructions, to be used in wardrobe running sheets.
  • Assist with laundry, clean-up, and returning costumes to inventory storage after strike.
  • Assist with the storage and maintenance of costumes in stock. Assist with the cleaning and maintenance of costume shop equipment and inventory.
  • Occasionally assist with costume crafts as directed by costume shop managers.
  • Assure safe work practices and compliance with MIOSHA regulations.  Alert supervisors about potentially unsafe conditions.
  • 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 when requested.

Required Qualifications*

  • A Bachelor's degree in costuming with an emphasis on costume construction plus three years as a cutter/draper with a recognized professional company or university is necessary.
  • A strong background in costume draping, cutting, fitting and general construction is necessary.
  • Computer proficiency is necessary, preferably on Macintosh systems.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals from a diverse communities and cultures.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Some experience in costume crafts, make up, and wigs is desirable.
  • Some supervisory experience is desirable.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  this job may be removed from the posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity/affirmative action employer.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.