The Costume Shop Manager is responsible for all aspects of costume construction, costume crafts, rentals, and maintenance as well as the management of the wig/hair and makeup for Valley Youth Theatre, (VYT) and all assigned VYT events and outside projects. The Costume Shop Manager is also responsible for hiring, scheduling and supervision of all costume shop, volunteers, wardrobe, and wig/hair and makeup staff. In addition, the Costume Shop Manager will support and help maintain the Costume Warehouse Collection.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
• Supervise completion of all costume, wig/hair and Makeup elements as specified by designers, director and choreographer within time frame and budget set by VYT.
• Create cost estimates on all shows prior to build and maintain ongoing accurate records/running tally of all expenditures, anticipating and preparing expenses forecasting as needed.
• Collaborate with designer and stage management to develop and update costume plot, dressing lists, and other shop paperwork and track changes throughout the rehearsal process.
• Develop costume shop & wig/hair schedules, benchmarks, and build deadlines.
• Facilitate workflow through shop by delegating appropriate jobs to shop volunteers, interns and overhire staff.
• Coordinate with Stage Management to request and schedule all costume and costume- related fittings and attend as necessary.
• Coordinate with Stage Management to request and schedule all wig/hair and makeup related fittings/hair/makeup appointments.
• Purchase materials, equipment, and bulk consumables for the hair and wig department.
• Coordinate acquisition, rental, and/or purchase of all costume materials and/or pieces for each VYT production.
• With RCD develop and oversee annual/show budgets.
• Interview and hire (with RCD approval) all costume shop, wardrobe, and hair/wig and makeup staff, including run crew on an as needed basis.
• Supervise, educate, and manage the costume, hair/wig and makeup department volunteers and staff.
• For each production, work with stage management to coordinate the backstage tech process and facilitate crew training, quick changes, and actor/designer notes.
• Work with RCD to coordinate pulling, inventorying, maintenance, and transportation of all costumes for VYT productions to and from the VYT warehouse and VYT and the Herberger Theater.
• Attend technical rehearsals and production meetings as needed.
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
• Work with designers to pull and prepare photo call clothing as needed.
• At the Herberger Theater venue, supervise the set up and arrangement of dressing room spaces and quick-change areas as needed.
• Manage maintenance, storage and inventory of all theatre and shop supplies, tools and equipment.
• Respond to Stage Management daily rehearsal and performance reports.
• Supervise and assist with the creation and maintenance of a costume department “bible” for each production.
• Ensure that volunteers and staff are working in a welcoming, clean, safe and supportive workspace.
• Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications & Skills:
Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in theatrical costumes; Strong supervisory skills; Experience creating and monitoring budgets. Knowledge in the requirements of union rules and guidelines for Equity Guest Artist Contract shows; Able to work long hours during heavy build and tech periods; Physically required to stoop, bend, reach, and carry 40 pounds up a flight of stairs. availability nights, weekends, and the occasional Holiday.

Preferred Qualifications & Skills:
Ability to work within tight deadlines and budgets; Proficiency with MS Office suite; Valid driver’s license with safe driving record.

EEO Statement:
Valley Youth Theatre provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. This statement applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Valley Youth Theatre is dedicated to building an equitable environment that is mixed across lines of difference and strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, transgender, and non-binary candidates. This position will remain open until filled and until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.


Organization/Company: Valley Youth Theatre
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Deadline: Open until filled
How to Apply: Please email your cover letter and resume to [email protected]