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CSF Costume Shop Manager and Associate Costume Shop Manager

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Boulder, Colorado





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Temporary Staff



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Job Summary

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, located on the campus of the University of Colorado Boulder, encourages applications for the Costume Shop Manager and Associate Costume Shop Manager positions for the 2024 CSF Season! These positions will support the success of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Details for each position are available in the "Key Responsibilities" section below.

The 2024 CSF season begins in May, 2024 and responsibilities for these positions will continue through August, 2024. The Costume Shop Manager will have some remote responsibilities beginning in December, 2023 regarding design and production meetings.

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 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

Costume Shop Manager:

  • Oversee costume shop operations for two-show repertory season as well as support one Original Practices production.
  • Work with designers to determine built pieces versus stock and rental.
  • Create and track material and labor budgets.
  • Manage and hire all seasonal costume shop staff.
  • Supervise all day-to-day shop activities including personnel scheduling, equipment maintenance, supplies inventory, organization of workroom and costume storage areas.
  • Train and supervise college-level interns.
  • Facilitate communication between costume department and all other CSF departments.
  • Maintain standards in accordance with AEA contractual requirements.
  • Actively participate in preparation and construction on each production.
  • Participate in preseason production meetings and work sessions.
  • Monitor team safety, morale, and quality control.

Associate Costume Shop Manager:

  • Collaborate with the CSF Costume Shop Manager and Costume Designers to produce and realize costume designs.
  • Assist the CSF Costume Designers in rehearsals and fittings as needed.
  • Participate in all costume shop operations as directed.
  • Collaborate with the CSF Costume Shop Manager in labor scheduling, materials purchasing and returns, rental arrangements, laundry and dry cleaning, and other duties as assigned.
  • Assist the CSF Costume Shop Manager in delegating shop projects as needed.
  • Supervise and direct staff, volunteers, and college level interns.
  • Monitor team safety, morale, and quality control.

What You Should Know

These are temporary positions.
Please include at least 3 references with their contact information on your resume. 
Your cover letter should clearly identify for which position (or positions) you are applying. 
Physical Demands: 
  • Perform a variety of physical tasks including but not limited to climbing, stooping, pushing, bending, kneeling, reaching, lifting, and pulling. 
  • Use of manual dexterity in the operation of tools. 
Working Conditions and Environment:  
  • Working in a variety of environments including but not limited to construction shops, stages, warehouses, and outdoors. 
  • Work environment may be dirty, noisy, in low-light, or in a tight and cramped space. 
  • Will be exposed, at times, to potentially hazardous materials and equipment. 
  • Will regularly be required to wear PPE during work activities. 

What We Can Offer

  • The hourly rate for the Costume Shop Manager position is $23.00 to $26.00 per hour.
  • The hourly rate or the Associate Costume Shop Manger is $19.00 to $21.00 per hour.


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

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What We Require

  • At least one year of related experience demonstrating the required skills.
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to pass a motor vehicle background check.

What You Will Need

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

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Instructing/mentoring experience.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Workspace applications.

Costume Shop Manager:

  • 3-years’ experience in a supervisory role in theatrical costume production, or relevant trades.
  • Experience managing a full shop, with multiple shows in production concurrently.
  • Deep understanding of costume design and costume history, costume crafts, wardrobe, wig, and makeup processes.
  • Knowledge of fabrics and materials and their individual qualities, characteristics, and suppliers.
  • Significant experience in costume construction and alteration including contemporary and period patterning and draping.
  • Working knowledge of domestic and industrial sewing machines and other applicable equipment.

Associate Costume Shop Manager:

  • Experience in construction, alteration, and finishing work using both industrial machines and hand stitching.
  • Ability to function in a full shop, with multiple shows in production concurrently.

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 December 4, 2023 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Essential Services

This position is designated “essential/critical services.” The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for regularly assigned shifts during emergency campus closures.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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