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Costume Production Supervisor

Costume Production Supervisor

• Emerging Level


Responsible for the coordination and costume presentation of assigned operas, from conception to the final performance, to include budgetary considerations.

Category Wardrober / Stylist 
Location Location Not Provided
Time Period Full time
Start Date N/A

Job Description

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: Any Combination of education and experience providing the required skill and knowledge for successful performance would be qualifying. Typical qualifications would be equivalent to:
  • 2 years’ experience as a Design Assistant with construction and production backgrounds.
  • 1 year as head of Wardrobe with a background in production.
  • 1 year as a shop manager in a small producing theater.
  • Knowledge of fabrics and fibers; principles and practices of construction of stage costumes; period costume styles and silhouettes, and practices and principles of costume design.
  • Ability to work with creative teams and performers using creative judgment to satisfy their concepts.
  • Ability to work long hours adapting to a flexible schedule and carry projects to completion under deadlines maintaining a high quality and attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to work independently; prioritize tasks; and exercise good judgment and initiative.
  • Ability to manage multiple, competing priorities successfully.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to interact with artists, staff, the public, and volunteers in an effective, professional, confidential, and tactful manner.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Must perform the functions of the position in a safe manner.
  • Works with creative teams and performers, independently utilizing their creative ability and artistic judgment to achieve a successful interpretation of designs for new productions while maintaining the artistic integrity of previously mounted productions.
  • Consults with and updates the Costume Director and keeps him/her informed of all stages of production.
  • Organizes and manages all information and documentation applicable to assigned productions, including insuring bibles and other documentation are kept up to date.
  • Works with Designers and Costume Director to achieve the creation of the designer’s concept, establishing high technical standards while keeping within budgetary restrictions.
  • Shops for supplies and fabrics including ordering, receiving, and distributing materials, all within budgetary restraints.
  • Provides supporting documentation and information to all Cutter/Drapers, Craftspersons, Milliners and other appropriate staff members as to the requirements of the productions.
  • Attends all fittings, recording and documenting all decisions, and provides input to ensure decisions being made are the best for the productions.
  • Attends dress rehearsals, working with and liaising for designers, directors, wardrobe, and artists.
  • Assembles costumes for productions being remounted, working with the Cutter/Drapers to size and assign existing costumes, and establishing a list of fit-ups and new construction.
  • Prepares accurate paperwork for the Wardrobe Department and the Production Coordinator for loading-in and -out of the theater.
  • Prepares and/or updates costume breakdowns.
  • Assists Production Coordinator with load-in and -out during the rehearsal periods.
  • Works with Production Accountant to manage all receipts, cash and credit cards in a timely and organized fashion.
  • Responsible for projects other than complete operas, such as education or student events, donor events, exhibitions, concerts, and any other projects assigned.

E-mail required cover letter, job application, and résumé to or fax to (415) 634-0203.  No phone calls please.  San Francisco Opera only retains résumés that are sent in response to specific, posted job openings.

Job Type Full Time 
Weekly Limit 40
Shift Day, Evening
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