Skip to content

CSF 2023 Costume Crew

Requisition Number:



Boulder, Colorado





Employment Type:

Temporary Staff



Posting Close Date:


Date Posted:


Job Summary

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, located on the campus of the University of Colorado Boulder, encourages applications for multiple positions for the 2023 CSF Season! These positions will support the success of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.

Positions are available in Wigs & Make-up, Costume Crafts, Costume Fabrication, and Wardrobe. Details for each position are available in the "Key Responsibilities" section below.

The 2023 CSF season begins May 2023 and responsibilities for these positions will continue until mid-July or mid-August, 2023.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

For over 60 seasons, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has delighted audiences with classic theatre under the stars.

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company in association with the University of Colorado Boulder. Since 1958, the festival has celebrated and explored Shakespeare and his continuing influence and vitality through productions of superior artistic quality, education, and community engagement.

CSF strives to preserve the classics of the past and pursue the classics of the future. Fueled by artistry and scholarship, the festival seeks to expand the cultural richness of the region by inspiring, challenging and cultivating the imagination of audiences and artists.

Plays are performed beneath summer night skies in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and in the newly renovated Roe Green Theatre indoors.

The festival’s education programs reach tens of thousands of school children each year through camps, classes and outreach performances that connect them with the continuing tradition and importance of Shakespeare.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Department-specific opportunities are available:

Wardrobe Technician:

  • Act as liaison between the wardrobe run crew and the costume shop.
  • Prepare, manage, and document actor fittings as directed by the CSF Wardrobe Supervisor. Ensure proper flow of information, rehearsal, and show needs to the CSF Wardrobe Supervisor.
  • Coordinate care, management, and organization of finished costumes.
  • Assist in preparation of all wardrobe facilities and operations.
  • Supervise and participate in wardrobe operations for assigned productions.
  • Supervise and direct assigned wardrobe staff, volunteers, and college level interns.
  • Participate in end-of-season strike, including laundry, dry cleaning, rental returns, and restocking.


  • Collaborate with the CSF Costume Shop Manager and Costume Designers to produce and realize costume designs.
  • Create patterns from designer renderings.
  • Attend fittings as necessary.
  • Complete alterations of pulled / purchased costume pieces. Collaborate with other departments as required.

First Hand:

  • Assist the CSF Drapers in the production of new costume refurbishment/alteration of existing costumes.
  • Pattern layout and fabric cutting according to instructions from the CSF Drapers.
  • Prepare construction work for stitchers, interns, as well as volunteers.
  • Work with stitchers, interns, and volunteers in construction, finish work, and alterations.


  • Construct new costumes and alter and refurbish existing costumes under the direction of CSF Drapers and First Hand.
  • Work closely with CSF Drapers/First Hand to ensure that costumes are completed with an emphasis on quality and safety.

Costume Crafts Shop Technician:

  • Assist the CSF Crafts Supervisor in the construction, fitting, and alteration of costume crafts, to armor, masks, footwear, headwear, belts, bags, and jewelry.
  • Develop and fabricate craft pieces according to designer / supervisor instructions.
  • Perform cutting, construction, finishing, and alterations to assigned items.
  • Assist in supervising interns and volunteers.

Wig & Makeup Technician:

  • Pull, purchase, alter, and / or manufacture wigs, hair styles, and facial hair as instructed by the CSF Wig & Makeup Supervisor.
  • Maintain wig / hair stock.
  • Demonstrate and apply traditional and contemporary makeup techniques.
  • Assist with changeovers, presets, and wig and makeup maintenance.

What You Should Know

  • These are temporary positions.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to follow the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

  • The hourly rate for these positions is $15.00 to $18.00 per hour.


Temporary positions at the University of Colorado are not benefits-eligible, however, all positions are eligible for paid sick leave

Be Statements

Be creative. Be fun. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • At least one year of related experience demonstrating the required skills is required for all positions.

What You Will Need

  • A dedication to an inclusive, diverse, and equitable workplace environment.
  • Excellent collaboration, communication, and technical skills related to the required abilities of the position.
  • The ability to maintain high quality / standards and a safe and encouraging work environment while working on tight timelines.
  • Artistic sensibility and sensitivity.

What We Would Like You to Have

All positions:
  • Instructing / mentoring experience (all manager and supervisor positions).

Position-specific preferences:


  • Comprehensive knowledge of costume history.

First Hand and Stitcher:

  • Experience in construction, alteration, and finishing work using industrial machine and hand stitching; pressing and rolling of fabrics; and pressing, steaming, and correct labeling of finished costume pieces.

Costume Crafts Technician:

  • Proven experience with a variety of costume crafts materials including but not limited to clay, leather, buckram, felt, thermoplastics, foams, adhesives, and metal work.
  • Knowledge of respirator use, basic safety procedures, and ability to operate power tools.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A current resume. Please include at least 3 references with their contact information on your resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically identifies the positions for which you are applying and that tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of those positions.

Please apply by March 27, 2023, for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: