Costume Shopper

Title: Costume Shopper

Term of Employment:  Seasonal, Exempt

Schedule: Full Time, 5/16/2022—9/9/2022

Department: Costume

Salary: $1,260.00 per week

Posting Date: January 2022

Application Deadline: March 1, 2022

Reports To: Costume Shop Supervisor

Overall Responsibility

Oversee and manage the coordination and planning of day-to-day operations of the costume shop and team. 

Key Relationships

  • Production Manager
  • Cutter/Drapers
  • First Hands
  • Costume Shopper
  • Stitchers
  • Costume Crafts Head and Artisans
  • Costume Shop Associate 
  • Costume Rentals Coordinators
  • Costume Designers and Design Assistants

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Order and maintain basic stock of costume supplies, notions, and tools in collaboration with the Head Stitcher.
  • Schedule maintenance of all sewing machines and equipment at the beginning of the season. Facilitate any necessary repairs during the season. 
  • Coordinate and facilitate pre-season orientation for costume staff to articulate and ensure productivity, quality, and safety standards/procedures. 
  • Schedule and supervise all costume shop employees. Manage staff time for payroll and budgeting purposes. 
  • Keep abreast of costume shop workflow and advise the Production Manager of over-hire needs in order to meet deadlines. 
  • Review and relay contractual dates and special requirements outlined in costume rental agreements to the costume teams and Costume Rental Coordinator. 
  • In collaboration with the First Hands, establish procedure to document and supervise the restoration of alterations and modifications made to any rented costumes before they are returned to the rental vendor. 
  • Coordinate with the Production Center Supervisor and Costume Rental Coordinator to schedule deliveries of costumes to and from the Production Center and theatre. 
  • Oversee the purchasing and inventorying of all shoes and skins for the season. 
  • Oversee and supervise the any vendor relationships and memo processes. 
  • Facilitate compensation for actors’ personal clothing rentals as specified in the Actors’ Equity/Broadway Sacramento agreement. 
  • Attend production meetings and dress rehearsals. 
  • Collaborate with the Wardrobe Supervisor to ensure a smooth transition of costumes from workroom to dress rehearsals and opening performances. 
  • Facilitate costume load in and load out as needed through the rehearsal and performance process. 
  • Coordinate costume strike with the Costume Rental Coordinator and the Production Center Supervisor. 
  • Schedule dry cleaning pick-up, delivery, and billing following the closing of each production. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


  • Previous professional experience supervising costume construction. 
  • Knowledge of and basic experience in all areas of theatrical costuming. 
  • Working knowledge of costume and fashion history. 
  • Working knowledge of costume materials including historical references and modern availabilities
  • Ability to five clear directions and encourage questions when working with staff. 
  • Demonstrated experience in personnel management, time management, and work flow analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and facilitating procedure and creating documentation.
  • Basic computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Working knowledge of safety standard and implementation. 
  • Ability to prioritize and self-motivate. 
  • Ability to plan ahead and anticipate potential setbacks.
  • Ability to calmly and succinctly resolve conflict and crisis.
  • Ability to set a standard of excellence and inspire a sense of group responsibility among team members. 
  • Ability to thrive in a high-pressure environment that requires working under tight deadlines. 
  • Ability to work long shifts and overtime hours while maintaining a positive and collaborative attitude. 
  • Remain calm under stress; deescalate when appropriate. Able to regulate emotions and rise above the emotions of others. Have the interpersonal awareness to read a situation and the needs of those involved. 
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, efficiency, prioritization, and multi-tasking. 
  • Excellent communication skills 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 remain in a stationery position for long periods of time. 
  • Ability to lift 25-pound boxes to a height of 3-5 feet and load them into trucks. 

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.