Costume Shop Manager

Costume Shop Manager

CATEGORY: Technical

Colorado Shakespeare Festival
Boulder, CO 80309


Jon Dunkle

Job Details


The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, a professional theatre company in residence at the University of Colorado Boulder, seeks a highly organized and experienced individual to serve as Costume Shop Manager.  

This is a part-time off-site position December through April, which becomes full-time and on-site in Boulder May through August. Applications are being accepted now through October 31, 2019.

Under the direction of the Production Manager, the Costume Shop Manager works closely with CSF leadership to facilitate design development and implementation for a 4-show summer repertory season.  Key responsibilities include:  Establishing and maintaining material and labor budgets; collaborating with costume designers; hiring costume shop personnel; supervising and coordinating all costume shop operations; ensuring all costumes, crafts, and wigs for all productions are completed in a timely and fiscally responsible fashion. Applicant must have significant professional experience, strong organizational and communication skills and a positive, collaborative attitude.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival produces 4 shows per seasons in 2 venues on campus.  Costume designs are realized through a combination of built pieces, stock pieces, and some rental pieces.


Specific Duties Include:

Active participation in preseason production and design meetings.

Advising the production manager and CSF leadership on design feasibility in relation to budgets, labor, scope, and scale. 

Working with designers to determine built pieces versus stock and rental pieces. 

Creating material and labor budgets for each show and working within those budgets.

Hiring all costume staff for the 2020 season.

Overseeing all day-to-day shop activities including personnel scheduling, equipment maintenance, supplies inventory, organization of workroom and costume storage areas. 

Facilitating communication between the costume shop and other CSF departments.

Maintaining standards in accordance with AEA contractual requirements.

Actively participating in the preparation and construction of every production.


Candidates will have an MFA in Costume Design/Technology OR a Bachelor’s Degree in Costume Design/Technology with equivalent professional experience. In all cases, the experience should include 3-4 years of supervisory experience with the following knowledge and skills acquired: understanding of the costume design, crafts, wardrobe and wig processes; costume construction and alteration including contemporary and period patterning and draping; costume history; knowledge of fabrics and materials, their individual qualities, characteristics and suppliers; and working knowledge of domestic and industrial sewing machines and other applicable equipment.

Teaching experience a plus, but not a requirement. 

Housing and travel accommodation are provided for qualified applicants.

To Apply:

Please submit resume with references to:

Jon Dunkle, Production Manager

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company in residence on the campus of the University of Colorado Boulder.  Since 1958, the festival has celebrated and explored Shakespeare and his continuing influence and vitality through productions of superior artistic quality, education and community engagement.  The festival produces four shows in rep in two venues on campus:  The historic Mary Rippon Amphitheratre and the University Theatre.


December 1, 2019 - August 16, 2020



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