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Costume Shop Manager

Title:               Costume Shop Manager
Reports to:     Production Manager
Start Date:     December 5, 2022 (flexible)

About the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) is a resident ensemble theatre company bringing Shakespeare and the Classics to life for all. Operating out of The Otto M. Budig Theater, CSC hosts a year-round theatrical season in addition to special events, educational programming, and community engagement activities. In its theatrical portfolio, CSC executes up to ten mainstage productions and six touring productions annually. Beyond its theatrical portfolio, CSC collaborates with many local community and arts organizations.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA) are priorities of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. CSC strongly supports equal employment opportunity for all applicants regardless of race, sex, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or any other legally protected classification. All team members are expected to advance CSC’s DEIA commitments.

Position Overview

The Costume Shop Manager is essential to the Production team at CSC. This position collaborates closely with designers, other production team members, the Production Manager, and the Producing Artistic Director to ensure that all projects produced at CSC are artistically executed to the highest possible standard.

The Costume Shop Manager leads the costume shop, costume personnel, and costume resources at CSC. They oversee the execution of all costume designs and support the wardrobe needs of various projects at CSC. Additionally, the Costume Shop Manager may oversee the remounts of previous costume designs for CSC productions. Depending on the skillset and interest, the Costume Shop Manager may have opportunities to serve as costume designer.

The Costume Shop Manager has a base schedule of 40 working hours per week. Extended hours and modified work weeks may be necessary due to technical rehearsal schedules and specific production needs.

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company operates as a team. To consistently achieve excellence, it is possible that the Costume Shop Manager will be asked to assist departments beyond their areas of focus or expertise. This effort is requested under exceptional circumstances.


Costume Shop Management

  • Supervise costume shop staff including, overhire, shop staff, and contractors. This includes hiring, onboarding, evaluating, coaching, and leading these team members.
  • Collaborate with Production Manager for team member job descriptions and contracting.
  • Participate in searches for guest designers, production staff, and overhire.
  • Coordinate execution of costume design and budgeting processes for all CSC productions.
  • Coordinate all backstage wardrobe needs including educational matinees.
  • Coordinate and assist in costume strike/restoration post-closing.
  • Oversee shop and show maintenance.
  • Collaborate with Stage Management to schedule wardrobe and wig fittings for all productions.
  • Maintain inventory of expendables; order supplies and stock items as needed.
  • Keep shop and storage areas clean and uncluttered; all workspaces are to remain safe per OSHA standards and fire codes.
  • Oversee dressing rooms cleanliness and space allocations.
  • Maintain costume stock and oversee rentals including documentation, photos, rental calendar, and return processing.


  • Collaborate with Production Manager to schedule costume design assignments seasonally.
  • Steward and support costume design processes at CSC.
    • Attend production meetings, technical rehearsals, first rehearsals, fittings, and designer run-throughs.
    • Complete budget passes of proposed costume designs with considerations of monetary and labor resources on each project.
    • If not designing, be present during technical rehearsals and attend one dress run.
  • Oversee wardrobe and wig maintenance after the opening of any production produced by CSC.
  • Coordinate costumes for remounted productions including mainstage, touring, and educational programming.
  • Costume and provide onsite support of marketing photo and video shoots seasonally.
  • Participate in the build process as necessary for design executions.


  • Collaborate with Production Manager to establish annual costume department budget and business plan, including:
    • Budgets per production (materials/supplies, contractor needs, dry cleaning, and rental fees),
    • Overhire budgets,
    • Annual shop and expendable supply budgets, and
    • Capital expense recommendations.
  • Turn in expense reports and reimbursement requests to the Production Manager weekly.
  • Track production budgets and labor resources.
  • Analyze end-of-show and end-of-season financial reports to observe spending patterns, budgetary issues, and identify reporting or processing errors.


  • Advance the DEIA and strategic goals of CSC.
  • Maintain CPR certification provided by CSC.
  • Adhere to company policies and regulations per the CSC Company Handbook.
  • Maintain a safe, fair, and ethical working environment.
  • Participate in stage cleaning and preparation leading into technical rehearsals and build processes.
  • Collaborate with the Production Manager to improve overall aesthetic product and production processes.
  • Other duties as requested by the Production Manager.

Competencies & Qualifications

The items listed below are guidelines to skills and ambitions that a successful candidate should have. Successful candidates will identify as possessing the majority of these skills or being actively interested and committed to developing these skills. Candidates who have yet to cultivate some of these attributes, but feel passionate about growing them may still find success in this role.


  • Passionate about cultivating a work environment and work product that supports CSC’s DEIA initiatives.
  • Drive to create excellent theater that has a significant impact in the community and beyond.
  • Eagerness to learn.
  • Ability to remain tactful in stressful situations.
  • Desire to lead a team, develop their skills, and foster their professional development.

Technical Skills

  • Previous experience in technical theatre with a focus in costumes design and wardrobe. Experience in other areas such as costume construction, alterations, make-up execution, styling and maintaining wigs, or management a plus.
  • Strong knowledge base of costume execution.
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly with actors and colleagues.
  • Comfortable problem solving and making decisions with limited supervision.
  • Able to keep calm under pressure and remain tactful in stressful situations.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Able to read and create detailed paperwork.
  • A sense of humor.
  • Leads with kindness.

Compensation & Benefits

This is a full time, exempt position with an annual salary range of $38,000 - $40,000 (received through biweekly payroll). In addition to this salary, the Costume Shop Manager receives:

  • Access to profit-sharing bonus program after first year of employment.
  • Ten days of paid vacation, accrued seasonally.
  • Six days of paid sick leave, accrued seasonally.
  • Paid holiday leave.
  • Access to group health insurance with 50% of employee premiums paid by CSC.
  • Optional enrollment in Health Savings Account plan.
  • Access to dental insurance with 50% of employee premiums paid by CSC.
  • Life and AD&D coverage for the employee paid by CSC.
  • Parental leave, short-term medical leave.
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan with employer match after one year.
  • Free access to CSC educational programming for dependents (Groundlings Junior, Groundlings, Summer Camp).
  • Complimentary enrollment and membership to the YMCA which offers fitness facilities throughout the region and other wellness benefits.
  • Complimentary and discounted tickets to all CSC productions.


To apply for this position, candidates should complete the job application submission form available online below.

This application requires candidates to submit PDFs of their cover letter and resume. For this position, work sample submissions are optional and may include content such as: project budgets, work samples, production photos, project proposals, program schedules or calendars, etc. Candidates also have the option to provide URLs to online portfolios and profiles. Please take note of the submission file size limits.

As CSC advances its commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, gathering demographic data on our job applicants is vital to ensuring that hiring and recruiting practices provide equal opportunity for all. Applicants are asked to please take a few minutes to complete this survey. Participation is optional and anonymous. This survey will also be emailed to you after submitting an application. This information helps CSC measure progress towards a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace.

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