Costume Shop Manager/Designer

Lexington Children's Theatre / Lexington, KY

Starting (Ideally) Mid to Late August, 2019 but no later than September 30, 2019

Reporting to the Artistic Director (AD) the Costume Shop Manager / Designer (CSM/D) provides management, vision, participation in, and supervision of the costume shop for all LCT programming. The CSM/D procures, maintains, and organizes all shop materials and equipment and is responsible for care and replacement (as needed). They hire, oversee, and mentor all shop interns, journeymen, volunteers, and contractual employees. Additionally, they facilitate and attend feedback and response sessions for long term shop personnel. The CSM/D coordinates and oversees the scheduling of the shop, dressing rooms, and green room and the use of shop and costume stock by other departments or personnel as needed.

The CSM/D works with the AD to establish (and adhere to) realistic budgets for personnel, productions, equipment, and shop improvements. They govern the costume shop budget; tracking all related expenses and refunds, reconciling the costume shop credit card each month. As needed the CSM/D contributes to season selection and organizational strategic planning. They should strive to establish/maintain an outreach to professional and university colleagues concerning available LCT internships or positions.

The CSM/D assists the AD in establishing the design schedule for the season ensuring the CSM/D has at least two design opportunities. The CSM/D liaises with designers enabling open dialogue ensuring LCT interprets and achieves the designer’s artistic intent / vision for the production within the parameters placed by budget, personnel, time, and available resources.

The CSM/D leads by example — upholding and implementing LCT’s values-based philosophy outlined in our mission, value, and goals statements. While accomplishing the responsibilities below they must strive to maintain a vision of, and adhere to, the high standard for LCT’s stage productions and programming.

The CSM/D’s primary responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following. The CSM/D:

  • Plans, expedites, and participates in the operations of the costume shop resulting in the timely and accurate realization, construction, maintenance, and repairs of costume, costume crafts, hair/wigs, make-up, and wardrobe for all LCT programming ensuring adherence to a high quality of workmanship (Sturdy, safe and durable.)
  • Creates and maintains safe, organized, productive environments for the shop, dressing rooms, green room, and costume related storage.
  • Executes or ensures the creation/delivery of related paperwork for creation/execution/documentation of each production as necessary. (build schedules, show bibles, to do lists, actor measurements, costume plots, laundry instructions, sketches, renderings, swatches etc.)
  • Attends all fittings, designer runs, and technical rehearsals. May attend additional rehearsals as needed/desired.
  • Supervises load in and strike of all shows including coordinating, training and scheduling a costume representative for all performances
  • Trains appropriate representatives for all types of programming: tour, main stage regional, learning stage, Discovery, etc.
  • On all productions the CSM/D:
  • Gathers and shares information as it pertains to actor provided items.
  • Shares the guidelines and procedures for costume care and maintenance.
  • Provides costume introduction to cast members outlining appropriate decorum and procedures, care for costumes, and dressing and green room guidelines.
  • Generates appropriate signage as needed.
  • On touring and regional productions, the CSM/D also:
  • Provides pack lists for all costume elements and necessary repair kits.
  • Ensures there are appropriate bins, garment bags, containers etc. for practice pack and show send-off.
  • Instructs actors on proper packing procedures.
  • Provides laundry instructions and cleaning supplies as needed.
  • Attends design, production, and staff meetings.
  • Facilitates rentals of costume elements including tracking items out and in, arranging pick-up and return of goods, and any payment / donation for same.
  • Participates in special events, fundraisers, promotional appearances, etc. as needed.
  • May oversee, assist, and participate in general building maintenance.
  • Sees the big picture: works toward anticipating and solving problems.


MA or MFA or BA/BFA with 3-5 years professional experience. Candidate must evidence ability to handle multiple shows simultaneously, and strong communication skills to liaison with guest designers.


Submit the following to

Cover letter clearly indicating position desired, detailed resume, and contact information for three current professional references. Provide links to online portfolios / websites, samples of organization including budgeting, build schedules, and show breakdowns. Five images of constructed garments, and 3 crafts samples. Please include at least one show with original design renderings for comparison.


Salary: DOE
Paid leave:
7 Major holidays
5 vacation days (does not accrue)
3 personal days (does not accrue)
5 sick days (may accrue year to year)
Approximately two weeks off over winter break (compensated)
Health Insurance (at no cost to employee)
Retirement Plan with employer match