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Class Code: 681H
Category: Inst. Food & Personal Services


Supervises staff engaged in the construction of costumes and accessories for theatrical productions.

Distinguishing Characteristics

With delegated authority, interviews and recommends selection of applicants, conducts training, assigns and schedules work, acts upon leave requests, conducts annual performance evaluations and recommends disciplinary action.
Positions at this level are responsible for meeting all costume needs such as budget, scheduling, and construction for theatrical productions.

Typical Work

Assists faculty in the yearly planning of productions; estimates budgets and labor costs; interviews and hire costumers, temporary employees, and work study students; evaluates and disciplines employees;

Establishes a schedule for each production which determines employee, student and temporary staff work assignments and materials requirements;

Assists faculty and student designers in the analysis and planning of costume construction; researches historical references and solutions including: wigs, millinery, armor, jewelry, footwear, and crafts;

Works within an allocated budget; researches and orders all supplies and equipment; uses computer to track wardrobe inventory, student measurements, and to purchase supplies;

Organizes, maintains, and manages student and professional loan program of items from wardrobe inventory;

Maintains and reviews procedures and standards of quality control for the costume shop;

Attends dress rehearsal; teaches and supervises student wardrobe crews for each production;

Prepares fabrics and materials needed for costumes by dyeing, painting, etc.;

Cleans and maintains all shop equipment; enforces safety regulations relating to the operation of power sewing equipment, hazardous/non-hazardous chemicals, and first aid;

Measures student actors, drafts patterns, cuts fabric and constructs costumes;

May teach related theater classes or design costumes for a theater production;

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in costume AND two years experience as a master cutter, tailor, or shop supervisor.


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class adopted July 1, 1996.
Revise class. Revises class code and title (formerly 3588 Costume Shop Supervisor); adopted
May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.