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Costume Coordinator/Shop Manager

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The College of Music at CU Boulder encourages applications for a Costume Coordinator/Shop Manager! This role is responsible for creating and/or acquiring costumes and wigs for two to three fully-realized Eklund Opera Program productions and two fully-realized Musical Theatre productions per academic year. In addition, this individual pulls from stock and fits costumes for one CU New Opera Workshop (CU NOW) summer program, one Composer Fellows’ Initiative (CFI) summer program and one Opera Scenes program annually.

Who We Are

The College of Music, founded in 1920, is recognized as one of the top comprehensive music schools in the country. The College of Music offers seven degree programs in over 28 fields of study, at the bachelor’s level through the doctorate. Our dedicated and supportive community of 550 degree-seeking students, 68 full-time faculty, 30 part-time faculty, and 27 professional, technical and administrative staff produces over 350 performances and numerous guest lectures, master-classes, and outreach events each year.

The Eklund Opera Program has been designated a “Program of Excellence” by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. Students from the program have won top awards in the National Opera Association Collegiate Scenes competition 3 out of the last 4 seasons. Undergraduate and graduate students at the College present several major productions each year. These include fully staged and costumed operas and musicals such as "The Rake's Progress," "Le nozze di Figaro," "La Traviata," "Side by Side" by Sondheim and "Carousel." 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Costume and Wig Design and/or Acquisition
  • Design costumes for Musical Theatre, CU NOW, CFI, and Opera Scenes
  • May be called upon to design costumes for Eklund Opera Program depending on the needs of the production and limitations of the costume rental package
  • Assist with hiring of designers for costumes and/or wigs as needed, and collaborate with contracted designers
  • Locate and facilitate rental of costumes from costume houses and/or local sources
  • Build new costumes when rentals are unavailable
  • Production research and the creation of costume sketches when designing
  • Costume fittings and alterations
  • Hiring and supervision of stitchers, wig master, and make-up artists as needed
  • Maintenance and clean-up of costume shop, costume stock and storage
Production Meetings and Run of Show
  • Attend production meetings, photo shoots, dress rehearsals, and all performances
  • Supervise and participate in wardrobe activities including costumes, wigs, and make-up application
  • Work with stage management to coordinate dressing rooms and running of costumes, wigs and make-up application
  • Responsible for hiring and supervising student assistants as needed
  • Assist with the development of a budget for costumes, wigs, and props and oversee spending within the approved budget

What You Should Know

Day time work schedule with required evenings and weekends during rehearsal and run of shows.

What We Can Offer

Salary Range Starts at $48,000, commensurate with skills and experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • At least 3 years of experience managing a costume shop and supervising at least 2 employees
  • BA/BFA degree or higher in Theatre, Music or a related field
    • Note: An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for the required degree on a year-for-year basis

What You Will Need

  • Ability to work with artists and designers, anticipating the needs of each while balancing the workroom’s ability to complete the work on schedule
  • Knowledge of safety protocol for costume related equipment, products, tools, and their implementation
  • Excellent interpersonal, organization, problem solving and management skills
  • Emotionally mature with the flexibility and sensitivity to collaborate with diverse personalities and situations
  • Knowledge of music theatre, opera literature and tradition
  • Knowledge of costume history, costume design, costume construction techniques, and fabric
  • Knowledge of draping, cutting constructing, fitting and alteration
  • Budgetary experience and a proven track record of bringing projects in on-time and on-budget
  • Knowledge of basic sewing machine repair and maintenance
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel and Calendar

What We Would Like You To Have

  • 5 or more years of experience in managing a costume shop
  • Our ideal candidate will have established relationships with designers

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

1. A current resume. 
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by March 15, 2020 for consideration.

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

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: Recruiting@Colorado.Edu

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.