Job Details

American Repertory Theatre
  • Position Number: 2424791
  • Location: Cambridge, MA
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Theatre and Dance

Harvard University

Costume Manager
American Repertory Theater

Job Code
AR0556 Arts Management II

Job-Specific Responsibilities
Position Summary
Directs all aspects of costuming and wardrobe for ART productions and advises on costuming and wardrobe needs for undergraduate performances.

Position Responsibilities
Promote an inclusive and safe work environment:
Foster a culture of community, equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism among staff and guest artists
Foster a culture of safety, and ensure safe work environment and practices are observed
Hire and supervise Costume and Wardrobe Staff (Assistant Costume Shop Manager, Head Draper, Crafts Artisan, Wardrobe Supervisor, and Wig & Wardrobe Dresser). Conduct biannual performance reviews and goal-setting sessions. Collaborate with Costume sub-departments (Costumes, Crafts, Wardrobe, Wigs, Hair & Makeup) to finalize the hiring and onboarding of overhire, and ensure compliance with the union (HUCTW) and Harvard employment policies

Support Artistic Vision and Goals:
Collaboration with Costume Designers and Makeup/Hair/Wig Designers to accomplish their designs within budget (materials and labor) and timeline (including factoring in meetings, fittings, and construction time.) Keep Production Management up to date on budget and timeline tracking
Collaboration with Stage Management and Costume Designer on costume plots, entrance/exit charts, the scheduling of fittings, and responding to costume notes in rehearsal and performance reports
Budget Management:
Manage cross-seasonal costume budgets for supplies and shop maintenance
Collaborate and maintain open lines of communication:
Oversee the daily operation of the costume department, including facilitating conversation between costume sub-departments as projects move between areas, and communicating changes as they come up
Collaboration with other production departments on cross-departmental projects
Attend production meetings, studio rehearsals, tech rehearsals, and previews as needed.
Maintain offsite costume storage and document stock and saved shows. Rent or lend stock to student groups or outside organizations as possible
Represent Costume and Wardrobe in building meetings as we design and build our new theatre

Basic Qualifications
Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:

  • Strong knowledge and vocabulary of costume and craft construction methods and materials.

  • General knowledge of makeup, hair and wig design process, hair styling processes, and general cost of materials/products/services.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Willingness to continue research and grow personal knowledge in the area of makeup, hair, and wigs, particularly global majority styling and care resources

  • Ability to quickly and accurately budget and report the amount of time needed for costume and craft production, sourcing, and show running tasks.

  • Empathy, listening skills, and a strong ability to read body language and other nonverbal clues are essential

  • Conflict resolution skills - diffusing tension, navigating difficult conversations, mediating resolutions

  • Ability to adapt and quickly communicate changes throughout the production process

  • Must be capable of overseeing multiple projects happening simultaneously via delegating and collaborating with Costume sub-department team members

  • Class D driver's license and comfort driving sprinter van preferred, but not a requirement.

  • Ability to maintain and repair sewing machines preferred, but not a requirement

Additional Information

PLEASE NOTE: During the current period of Covid-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with the transition to onsite in Cambridge when the office reopens.

We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 and the lifting of restrictions. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. We will be conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates until further notice.

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University's "COVID-19 Vaccine Information" webpage:

Working Conditions
A.R.T. is a multistory building without an elevator, with work taking place on all levels. The Costume Manager may be asked to assist with moving costumes, wardrobe boxes, and other materials to and from storage or around the building. This position requires night and weekend work, particularly during tech and previews. It also requires occasional local and out-of-state travel, primarily for shopping and rehearsals in NYC. The costume storage area is offsite and housed in the A.R.T. scene shop building, approximately a mile from the theater. The storage area is on a second level loft, accessed via a staircase

Software Used: Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, Dropbox, Harvard-specific payroll software

Job Function

Sub Unit

USA - MA - Cambridge


Time Status

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade

Pre-Employment Screening

M-F 9-5 or as scheduled

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