Apprenticeships / Posted December 22, 2017
Supervisor: Costume Shop Manager
Description: The Costume apprentice assists the Costume Shop Manager and staff on all aspects of the build process including construction, alterations, fittings, shopping, maintaining and restocking costumes for CPH productions. The apprentice, therefore, is part of the Costume staff team from the start of each show to the finish of each show. The costume shop staff consists of Costume Shop Manager, Assistant Costume Shop Manager, Draper, First-Hand, Crafts Person, and Stitcher.
All responsibilities are under the supervision of the costume shop staff. The costume shop apprenticeship is re-evaluated each year and tailored to the needs and desires of the apprentice. The goal of the apprenticeship is to teach new skills and techniques, enhance skills and skill levels already known, and make the apprentice more marketable in the professional theatre world and/or gain more knowledge, which can be helpful for graduate school.
Duties will include:
- Pulling costumes for rehearsal pieces and show pieces for fittings
- Stitching, altering and mending costumes
- Attending assigned fittings
- Attending assigned technical rehearsals and designer runs
- Assisting management by producing and organizing paperwork and research materials
- Craft work such as rubbering shoes, fixing minor shoe repairs and assisting with dying projects
- Wig opportunities are limited but also available
Other opportunities and duties: Other opportunities and duties may be assigned dependent on the skill level of the apprentice. Apprentices have the option of assisting union and non-union costume designers.
The costume apprenticeship is not a wardrobe position. The apprentice will not dress shows for CPH unless it is in support during an emergency situation. The apprentice does work in the shop on productions to gain and perfect technical skills and experiences.
Additional Required Materials: Please submit a portfolio of at least 10 images. Eight of those 10 images should demonstrate the applicant’s technical skills, which can be garments the applicant has stitched, draped, dyed, or distressed and any examples of a craft item the applicant would have built from scratch or modified. Applicants may also include copies of life drawings or art work. During the initial screening, we will not view personal websites. Images should be submitted as one PDF document.