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Costume Fellow

Department: Theatre-Costume

Reports to/Supervisor Title: Costume Manager

Full or Part Time (hours and time frame): Two Days per week/Increased hours during production periods

Organization Overview
As a leader in arts education, and the largest multidisciplinary community arts organization in the Midwest, COCA annually serves more than 50,000 people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Through dance, vocal music, theatre, art and design, and beyond, we nurture the artistic and creative potential in our students and our community.

Position Overview
COCA’s Season-Long Program Fellowship Program is a professional training program for aspiring arts administrators, arts educators, and performing arts production practitioners. Participants are given practical learning experiences, independent and collective projects, and work as entry-level staff persons in the company’s administrative and production departments.

Each Fellow’s experience is developed and supervised under the guidance of a staff mentor, and draws from the diverse resources and collective knowledge of COCA’s resident artists, teachers and administrators. Through daily exposure in their primary field of interest and work on individual, specific projects, the experience is designed to broaden and strengthen the professional and personal skills and abilities of each of our interns and fellows. COCA’s internships and fellowships are designed to provide a springboard to a professional life in the arts.

COCA’s formalized and comprehensive program includes:

Professional development and networking opportunities; Connections to peers, mentors and artists; Independent and collective learning projects; Hands-on experience for future career opportunities.

We are looking for an organized, professional, well-written emerging professional and/or college-level, pre-professional students with an interest in pursuing a career in costume design, construction, and/or management with an eye for detail to fill the position of Costume Fellow. The Costume Fellow will work directly with COCA’s Costume Shop Manager on productions as a stitcher, take part in wardrobe maintenance and wardrobe during productions.

This is a part-time, paid fellowship, with expected hours of 20 hours a week and may include weekend/evening hours.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Maintain construction standards within the costume shop.
  • Help with the organization, pulling and re-stocking of costume storage as needed by the Shop Manager
  • Take notes an assist with performer fittings as needed.
  • Be able to work independently on assigned projects.
  • Must be available evenings and weekends when required.
  • Must be able to work all assigned production, be available for TECH, the full run and strike.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  • Costume construction skills, including: cutting, stitching and finishing
  • Simple draping and pattern making
  • Costume fitting experience
  • Tailoring experience
  • Garment alteration skills, including: prepping, stitching and reconstruction
  • Ability to work well under pressure with varied personalities
  • Ability to both receive and delegate instructions to others

Physical Demands

  • Ability to perform duties in a rigorous schedule
  • Ability to climb ladders and stairs
  • Ability to carry up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to walk, stand and sit for periods of time