Job Description: Wardrobe Supervisor

About the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) is a resident ensemble theatre company bringing Shakespeare and the Classics to life for audiences of all ages. Based out of The Otto M. Budig Theater, CSC hosts a year-round theatrical season in addition to special events, educational programming, and outreach efforts. In its theatrical portfolio, CSC executes up to 10 mainstage productions and 6 touring productions annually. CSC operates under an Actor’s Equity Association Small Professional Theater contract (tier 5+).

Position Overview

The Wardrobe Supervisor is essential to the production team of CSC, collaborating closely with designers, production team members, artistic associates, and the producing artistic director to ensure that all projects produced at CSC are executed to the highest possible standard.

The Wardrobe Supervisor is responsible for the costume maintenance, preshow, and postshow needs for all CSC productions. S/he works closely with the Resident Stage Manager and Stage Management Intern to run all productions. The Wardrobe Supervisor works intimately with the acting ensemble; as such, s/he should be able to handle issues with discretion, prioritize privacy, and value creating a comfortable work environment.

When not in performance, the Wardrobe Supervisor works in the Costume Shop. Duties assigned will align with the skills of the Wardrobe Supervisor, and may include stitching, hair, makeup, or other tasks.

This is a full-time, salaried position. The schedule for the Wardrobe Supervisor averages 40-45 hours per week. The specific work schedule is driven by the performance schedule and technical rehearsal schedule. Extended hours and modified work weeks may be necessary due to technical rehearsal schedules and specific production needs. The Wardrobe Supervisor is eligible for benefits through CSC which include health, dental and vision insurance as well as paid time off (vacation, holiday, and sick leave). This position is also eligible for CSC’s profit sharing bonus program.

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company truly operates as a team. To consistently achieve excellence, it is possible that the Wardrobe Supervisor will be asked to assist departments beyond her/his areas of focus or expertise. This effort is requested under exceptional circumstances.

This is a full-time, salaried position. The Wardrobe Supervisor is eligible for benefits through CSC, which include health, dental, and vision insurance as well as paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave.


Required skills include:

  • 1 year minimum experience in wardrobe or related position.
  • Strong knowledge base of wardrobe maintenance and laundry.
  • Some experience styling and maintaining wigs.
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly with actors and colleagues.
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • 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.
  • Leading with kindness.

Preferred skills include:

  • Stitching and alteration skills.
  • Experience with makeup.


  • Wardrobe
  • Running wardrobe backstage for all mainstage productions and educational matinees.
    • Maintaining and cleaning costumes during all production runs
      • Doing all show laundry and redistributing clean clothes after each performance.
      • Spraying and deodorizing all non-washable clothes after each performance.
      • Steaming and pressing garments as needed.
      • Repairing garments as needed and informing the shop manager of any serious damages or repairs.
      • Re-blocking, cleaning and maintaining wigs during the production run.
    • Attend production meetings and designer run throughs as necessary.
      • Participate in stage cleaning and preparation leading into technical rehearsals and build processes.
      • Maintain cleanliness of backstage wardrobe spaces including dressing rooms (per Actors Equity Association rulebook), quick change booths, and any storage shelves, racks, or tables.
    • Participate in wardrobe strike for all productions.
    • Run backstage and wardrobe for understudy performances.
    • Costume Shop
      • Weeks when running wardrobe does not require 40 working hours per week:
        • Participate in costume build process including pulling, patterning, stitching and draping.
        • Assist the Costume Shop Manager in the restock, cleaning, and maintaining of costume storage and work spaces as requested.
        • May be asked to coordinate costumes for remounted productions.
      • General
        • Adhere to company policies and regulations per the CSC Company Handbook.
        • Maintain a safe, fair, and ethical working environment.
        • Maintain CPR certification provided by CSC.
        • Collaborate with the Costume Shop Manager and Stage Manager to improve production processes.
          • This includes participation in production postmortem surveys and season planning efforts.
        • Other duties as requested by the Costume Shop Manager.

Hiring Timeline

The application deadline is January 1, 2019, with a fulfillment target of January 18, 2019. Position will remain open until filled.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and three references to Abbi Howson, Costume Shop Manager ( with “Wardrobe Supervisor” in the subject line. No phone calls please.


CSC is proudly pluralistic and committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding individuals. CSC actively seeks applications from qualified candidates who enhance the diversity of its work force.