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Costume Director

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Los Angeles, CA 07-17-2021
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description

Position Overview:

The Los Angeles campus is seeking a Costume Director who is responsible for all aspects of the Costume Department. The Costume Director reports to the Production Manager. Costumes include clothing, shoes, purses, belts, eyeglasses, hats, and wigs.

General Position Responsibilities:


  • Read scripts attentively; research, design and create costumes for Academy Company productions.
  • Work closely with the Director, Set Designer, Lighting Designer, and Production Manager regarding style, color, period and aesthetics as they pertain to each production.
  • Provide costume items as required for Company, 2nd Year Grad plays, One Acts, Projects and First Year Exam plays.
  • Build and maintain a non-circulating reference library of costume and fashion. Collect/produce circulating reference materials and handouts to educate students re: period costume.
  • Allocate and manage annual costume budget. Keep track of expenditures.
  • Responsible for acquisition, care, maintenance, storage, and rental of any costumes. Includes building and maintaining a strong collection of costumes in sizes and styles most useful to the Academy.
  • Instruct students in proper way to wear costumes, costume etiquette and care of garments. Advise students re: wardrobe, period hair styling and glamour (non-character) make-up.
  • Co-ordinate with hair stylists and make-up artists on productions.
  • Maintain and update the inventory database of the items in the costume collection.
  • Remain up to date with current developments in dramatic arts, particularly costume and costume-related areas.
  • Hire outside assistance as needed and as provided for in the budget.
  • Safety Protocol -Utilize all safety and protective equipment when required and instruct student workers to do the same.

Other responsibilities include:

· Perform other related duties as assigned by the Production Manager.

· Participate in open house activities.

· Attend staff and production meetings.

Education, experience and skills required for the position are as follows:

· Five years as a theatrical costumer or equivalent experience.

· Substantial knowledge in the areas of history, costume, and design, including extensive knowledge of period clothing and hairstyles, and proper modes of wearing costumes.

· Artistic ability and training sufficient to provide detailed, full-color renderings for Academy Company shows, and to communicate ideas via sketches.

· Familiar and capable with hand and machine sewing. Able to do basic alterations and mending. Able to instruct work-study students in basic sewing techniques.

· Basic ability with other costuming tools and techniques: glue guns, paint, stencils, millinery, ribbon-craft, etc.

· Ability to organize work and set priorities, working independently.

· Ability to perform light bookkeeping in tracking expenditures to maintain budgetary parameters and assisting in preparing the annual department budget.

· Ability to work constructively with a wide range of personalities, giving due courtesy and attention to students, faculty, staff, and guests.

· Holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent in art, drama, literature, or related field desirable but not required.

How to Apply:

All qualified candidates should email cover letter, resume: Diana Brown, Production Manager. Documents should be in Microsoft Word or PDF formats only. Position Open until Filled.

The Academy is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-d873kq-3-236-68-118-42 in your application.

Company Profile
American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Founded in 1884, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts is the first conservatory for actors in the English-speaking world. Since then, its purpose has remained constant: to provide students with the tools needed to make acting their profession. The Academy is an accredited, degree-granting institution with campuses in Los Angeles and New York. With an unmatched history and rich legacy, the Academy honors its past while continually striving to maintain its place at the forefront of training and creativity. To learn more about us, please visit our website at: www.aada.edu.