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Job (Edmonton): Cutter – U of A Dept of Drama

Job (Edmonton): Cutter – U of A Dept of Drama

Wardrobe Seamstress Cutter

University of Alberta – Department of Drama

Competition No. – S110123958

Posting Date – Aug 07, 2014
Closing Date – Aug 22, 2014

Position Type – Full Time – Operating Funded
Salary Range – $45,490 to $61,418 per year
Grade – 07
Hours – 35/week

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at:

This recurring term position is employed annually from approximately early/mid-September to early/mid-May.

Since its inception in the 1940s, the University of Alberta’s Department of Drama has been a visionary leader in Canadian theatre, recognized as one of the foremost university theatre programs in North America. The first university in Canada to have a Playwright-in-Residence, the Department of Drama is home to a roster of expert faculty members with extensive professional credentials. With six undergraduate programs (B.A and B.F.A specializations), five graduate-level programs (M.A and M.F.A specializations) and English Canada’s first PhD in Performance Studies, the Department of Drama continues to develop emerging artists into members of the professional theatre community.

The Wardrobe Seamstress Cutter forms part of a team of highly experienced theatre professionals that facilitate student learning through an apprenticeship-style approach within a busy production environment. The Department produces a season (Studio Theatre) of six public productions within the Timms Centre for the Arts – an outstanding theatre facility which contains a main-stage (proscenium configuration with full fly tower), black box theatre, fully equipped workshops, and large rehearsal hall. Another 20 small scale productions are produced in theatres and studios in the Timms and the adjoining Fine Arts Building.

Reporting to the Wardrobe Supervisor, this position is primarily responsible for the cutting, construction, fitting, and maintenance of the costumes for the department’s public presentations within the Studio Theatre season, and may provide assistance to projects culminating from classes within the department. This position provides direct demonstration of costume construction techniques within a practicum setting to students within the BFA Design, Technical and Stage Management programs.


•Fulfills design intent with attention to detail through accurate interpretation of costume renderings and verbal descriptions
•Maintains expert knowledge of costume history and fabric types for men’s and women’s clothing construction and tailoring techniques
•Purchases costume elements, fabrics, accessories, and other wardrobe materials
•Alters existing costumes and accessories for fit, style, and safety
•Maintains costumes and accessories during and after production runs
•Assists with the ongoing upkeep and maintenance of the workshop and equipment
•Assists the other wardrobe staff, faculty and students with queries related to their specialization
•Creates patterns and formulates costume construction methodology
•Builds costume accessories and undertakes costume ‘breakdown’


•Post-secondary diploma in costume cutting and construction; undergraduate degree preferred; equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered
•Three years (full-time or equivalent part-time) experience in a similar role within a medium to large scale theatrical setting
•Demonstrated mastery of various types of tools and techniques employed in the fabrication of costumes (across a wide variety of genres and styles for both men’s and women’s garments)
•Demonstrated ability to multitask while creating accurate resource projections and consistently meeting deadlines
•Excellent communication skills and attention to detail
•Demonstrated ability to take direction effectively as well as use one’s own initiative for problem solving while working under strict time constraints
•Collaborates effectively with creative and production team members (students, faculty and professionals) during design development and implementation processes
•Proficiency in hand sewing and use of industrial sewing machines (abilities in other crafts such as millinery, dying, and footwear would be a strong asset
•First Aid/CPR training an asset
•Experience working within a post-secondary learning environment an asset

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