Position Summary: 
Under the general supervision of the Costume Shop Manager, the Costume Shop Technician serves as the Cutter/Draper/Shop Assistant in the MSU Denver Department of Theatre and Dance costume shop, which fully supports the costume needs of 4 mainstage departmental theatre productions each academic year (generally one musical and one play per semester).  The Costume Shop Technician collaborates with costume designers and coordinates with the Costume Shop Manager to realize finished costumes based on designer specifications, delivering completed costume elements in accordance with production deadlines. The Costume Shop Technician is expected to execute tasks to a high quality standard with minimal instruction.

Primary duties include patternmaking, taking measurements, cutting, fitting, alterations, construction, and stitching, as well as assigning labor to and supervising/teaching student workers while ensuring safety procedures are followed at all times. Secondary duties include costume crafts work, maintaining stock organization, and general maintenance of the shop, machines, stock, and inventory. The Costume Shop Technician plays a key role in maintaining a safe and inclusive working/learning environment for MSU Theatre students, adhering to departmental fitting and measurement practices and fostering a culture of body inclusivity and antiracism.

This is a 9-month, full time position (40 hours/week) running August 1st through April 30th. This position pays into a state retirement fund and is eligible for sick time, but is not eligible for other benefits. This position is not eligible for overtime.

Salary for Announcement: $23 per hour

Work Hours: 40 hours per week, generally Monday-Friday 9 AM to 5 PM. Occasional schedule adjustment to accommodate production schedules, some evening and weekend work required.

•    Work independently to complete patterning, cutting, and construction of assigned costumes for each departmental theatre production according to designer specifications, research, and costume renderings. Drape, flat pattern, or digitally pattern garments (including lining, facings, pockets, etc.), estimate fabric yardage, provide input on appropriate fabric selection and needed underpinnings, select interfacings and interlinings, create mock-ups as needed, perform pattern alterations, cut and sew garments (or instruct students on the cutting and sewing of garments), and ensure that costumes are finished to a high standard of quality.
•    Take performer measurements as needed.
•    Work with the Costume Shop Manager to move all costume pieces through the cutting, build, fitting, and finishing phases, ensuring that all costumes are ready for stage by production deadlines.
•    Conduct costume fittings on built, purchased, pulled, and rented costume elements as assigned by the Costume Shop Manager.
•    Alter and finish built, purchased, pulled, and rented costume pieces based on fitting notes.
•    Collaborate with the Costume Shop Manager and work in accordance with production deadlines to assign and oversee student labor in cutting, stitching, and other costume construction tasks, to include teaching sewing and construction techniques while ensuring safe use of shop equipment and maintaining high quality standards in costume construction.
•    Ensure that all notes to be passed off are correctly marked and prepared, instruct students on specific techniques and procedures to successfully complete assigned notes.
•    Work with minimal instruction to resolve and execute complex costume construction and alterations tasks that are beyond the ability level of student workers.
•    Maintain clear and effective communication in support of the build process, following up on fitting notes and dress rehearsal notes with the designer and Costume Shop Manager.
•    Maintain safety practices and standards, train students on safety procedures and ensure safe working practices are being followed by anyone working in the costume shop.
•    Actively train and mentor students through frequent interaction that encourages and motivates them to succeed and conveys an enthusiasm for their learning.
•    Create and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for students to learn in.
•    Strictly adhere to departmental policies regarding necessary intimacy in costume fittings and measurement sessions. Work to create an inclusive environment centered on body neutrality and antiracism.
•    Assist as needed with costume crafts including millinery, leatherwork, and dyeing/painting.
•    Assist in tracking shop notions and supplies, informing Costume Shop Manager of restocking needs.
•    Assist with organization, maintenance, and improvements needed within the costume shop and costume storage areas. Perform basic maintenance of sewing and pressing equipment. Maintain a clean and organized workspace.
•    Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
•    Bachelor’s degree in Theatre or related field OR four years of experience working in a professional/academic costume shop or fashion industry equivalent.
•    Experience in a professional or academic costume shop setting. Knowledge of current practices, procedures, and standards of construction in professional performing arts costume shops.
•    Experience reading and interpreting costume renderings.
•    Demonstrated advanced experience in theatrical patterning, cutting, and construction of bespoke costumes.
•    Experience conducting costume fittings.
•    Experience with costume materials including but not limited to fabrics, notions, and craft supplies.
•    Experience with the operation and maintenance of machinery used in the costume industry including but not limited to industrial and domestic single and multi-needle sewing machines, steam irons, and cutting tools; advanced hand and machine stitching skills.
•    Experience with costume shop safety standards and the implementation of standards.
•    Good interpersonal, collaboration, and communication skills.
•    Good organizational and multi-tasking skills.
•    Basic computer competency, to include utilizing spreadsheets and other digital costume paperwork.
•    Ability to lift heavy costumes, fabrics, and storage bins up to 30 pounds.
•    Ability to work on ladders up to six feet high.
•    Ability to stand at the cutting table for extended periods.

Preferred Qualifications:
•    MA or MFA, Costume Technology or related area.
•    Experience using the CLO3D garment simulation program.
•    Demonstrated willingness to learn new skills and adapt to modern tools.
•    Demonstrated ability to foster an inclusive environment.
•    Demonstrated experience leading a costume construction team.
•    Experience with consent-based theatrical necessary intimacy practices and their application to costume fittings.
•    Demonstrated experience in theatrical tailoring.
•    Demonstrated experience with costume crafts including but not limited to millinery, dyeing, painting, and leatherwork.
•    Experience with wigs and makeup.
•    Working knowledge of costume history.

Instructions to Apply:
Complete applications received by June 17, 2024 at 11:59 PM MST will receive full consideration, however applications will be accepted after this date until the position is filled. Interested applicants must apply online at MSU Denver’s career site,, and search for JR102460.

The applicant must have a complete file that includes: 

-A curriculum vitae (CV).
-A cover letter that addresses the requirements of the position, why you are interested in the opportunity, and how you see yourself aligning with the goals and mission of the department.
-A link to a portfolio (website or link to Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.) demonstrating experience in patternmaking, costume construction and anything else demonstrating your qualifications for the position.
-Contact information (phone number and email address) for three references.

Applicants will notice on the application portal there is one location (the resume submission field) to upload all required materials. Multiple documents can be submitted into this one field; alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF and upload. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit your application.

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Darrick Conroy

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