Costume Design Assistant


Term of Employment:  Seasonal, Hourly

Schedule: Full Time, start/end dates vary by production 

Department: Costume

Salary: $17.50 – $18.65 per hour

Reports To: Costume Designer, Costume Director

Mission Statement

Broadway Sacramento is committed to the presentation of quality theatrical productions to enrich the cultural life of the greater Sacramento region, the state of California, the United States and the international community. The goals of the organization are to preserve and expand the American musical theatre as an art form by educating new audiences and nurturing aspiring artists.

Overall Responsibility

Under the direction of the Costume Designer, facilitate the preparation and implementation of costume designs for assigned productions.

Key Relationships

  • Costume Designer
  • Costume Director 
  • Assistant Costume Shop Manager
  • Costume Shop Associates
  • Wardrobe Department
  • Hair, Wig, & Make-Up Department

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in creating measurement charts and distribute appropriate costume shop staff.
  • Assist with racking, sizing, sorting, and organizing costumes.
  • Prepare for fittings by loading-in costumes and verifying the fitting room supplies are fully stocked.
  • Assist Costume Designer pull, purchase and keep track of all garments, undergarments, accessories, and shoes.
  • Using the template provided by the Costume Director, create the first draft of dressing lists prior to first fittings.
  • During fittings, update dressing lists, take designer notes, take photos, label garments, undergarments, accessories, and shoes. 
  • Help delegate notes as necessary following each fitting session.
  • Coordinate with the Hair, Wig, and Make-Up department to meet their costume needs.
  • Create photo boards of costume fittings and/or share fitting photos with creative team via Dropbox or Google Drive.
  • Coordinate with the Costume Shop Associates to send shoes to the cobbler to be rubbered, braced, and/or modified.
  • Coordinate with Costume Shop Associates and Wardrobe Team to make hats, shoes, and other costume pieces available for rehearsal as soon as is possible.
  • Coordinate with Costume Shop Associates and Wardrobe Team to track the location of rehearsal costumes, hats, and shoes.
  • Read daily rehearsal reports for costume notes and execute notes as appropriate.
  • Attend quick-change rehearsals to ensure all necessary costume items are accessible and to answer any questions of the actors and Wardrobe Team.
  • Facilitate expenditures, exchanges, and timely returns of unused items in collaboration with the Costume Director and Costume Shop Associates.
  • Make sure the Wardrobe Supervisor has the most current draft of the dressing lists the morning of the designer run.
  • Deliver hard copies of the finalized version of the dressing lists to the Wardrobe Supervisor no later than noon the day of First Dress.
  • Continue to update and refine dressing lists through Final Dress and make sure the Wardrobe Supervisor has the updated information.
  • Be onsite in the Wardrobe Department during all dress rehearsals at dresser call to answer questions and troubleshoot.
  • Take notes for Costume Designer during the dress rehearsals. Refine and distribute notes appropriately.
  • Attending post-dress rehearsal production meetings.
  • Review notes with Wardrobe Supervisor after post-dress rehearsal production meetings.
  • Assist in pulling and racking costumes notes prior to dress rehearsals. 
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Costume Designer and Costume Director.


  • Professional or collegiate experience in the field of costume design and construction preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of costume construction, periods, and terminology.
  • Basic computer skills with knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive.
  • Possess a strong attention to detail. 
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, efficiency, multi-tasking, and ability to prioritize and self-motivate.
  • Exhibited self-reliance and willingness to seek out all possible solutions.
  • Ability to take direction and see a task out to completion.
  • Manage time in an efficient manner.
  • The ability to work both independently and as a positive team member.
  • Excellent communication skills and collaborative attitude. 
  • Remain calm under stress; deescalate when appropriate. 
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and adapt to changing priorities and timelines.
  • Ability to work long shifts and overtime hours while maintaining a positive and collaborative attitude.
  • Demonstrates behavior showing a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Perform work in a manner that is consistent with that commitment.
  • Interrupt behaviors that hinder diversity and inclusion efforts.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to maintain a stationary position for long periods of time.
  • Regularly required to stand, sit, talk, see, and hear.
  • Ability to hear verbal notes and write them down on paper.
  • Frequently required to use repetitive hand motions and to reach and bend.
  • Ability to work and move in dimly lit areas.
  • Ability to climb up and down a ladder.
  • Ability to lift 40-pound boxes to a height of 3-5 feet.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

About Broadway Sacramento

Broadway Sacramento is Northern California’s premiere producer and presenter of musical theatre, and the largest nonprofit musical theatre in California. Since the inception of Broadway At Music Circus in 1951 under an open-air, circus-style big top, Broadway Sacramento has grown to become the most successful nonprofit performing arts organization in Northern California. Between Broadway At Music Circus and Broadway On Tour, Broadway Sacramento entertains over 250,000 patrons every year.

Broadway Sacramento is committed to creating an equitable, inclusive, and accessible environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.