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Job (Drumheller): Head of Wardrobe – Badlands Passion Play

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Job (Drumheller): Head of Wardrobe – Badlands Passion Play

 

This is a temporary, full-time position.
Deadline: January 31, 2018

Job Description:

The Head of Wardrobe supervises all department-related activities, including costume design, and manages a small staff of assistants and occasional volunteer-helpers. They are responsible for creating the look of 400+ characters by designing the clothes and accessories the actor will wear in performance.  They acquire all the costumes and accessories, either by building them or by purchasing, renting, or borrowing ready-made items.  They oversee all costume fittings for cast and Running Crew, and are responsible for performers’ wigs, hairstyles, and facial hair.  

Most staff members live together on-site, so we are looking for positive team members who understand how to live cooperatively in community with mutual respect, refined stress management skills, and healthy boundaries.

Contract Dates:

The contract runs from May 7 to July 27, 2018 in Drumheller, AB (on-site accommodations are available). Part time hours may be required starting in January to allow for monthly Creative Team meetings (in person or skype).

Contractor Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing the design, construction, alteration, and repair of costume stock and working with wardrobe assistants to ensure that the work is completed in a timely manner.
  • Supervising wardrobe staff in the efficient set-up, operation, and maintenance of the wardrobe department workshop, its costume stock and equipment.
  • Overseeing costume maintenance throughout rehearsals, performances, and post-show strike. Cast are responsible for storing and laundering their own costumes, except in extraordinary circumstances such as delicate pieces, or those soiled with stage blood. In such cases, Wardrobe may be required to store and/or launder the particular pieces.
  • Working within the seasonal budget assigned to the Wardrobe Department in collaboration with the Production Coordinator.
  • Assisting in the hiring of Wardrobe Assistants (in cooperation with the Executive Director and/or Production Manager).
  • Collaborating with stage management to map out and manage costume pre-sets and quick-changes so they can flow smoothly during Dress Rehearsals and Performances.
  • Working with the stage management team to coordinate costume returns after the final performance, and overseeing the packing up and winter storage of wardrobe stock and equipment once the play has closed.
  • Participating in Leadership Team meetings and weekly production meetings.
  • Enforcing and staying up to date on current health and safety concerns/policies pertaining to the Wardrobe Department.
  • Other duties as required.

Qualifications and Required Skills:

  • Ability to work and lead while under pressure
  • The ability to balance tight deadlines with personal care and stress management
  • Experience and education in Theatre and/or management
  • Previous experience in theatres which are comprised mainly of volunteer actors
  • Experience in outdoor theatre and/or events
  • Experience in production scheduling/planning/staffing
  • Must enjoy working in a challenging creative environment. With 200 hundred volunteer actors, animals, extreme heat, cold, rain, mud, and a tight schedule, it’s important that staff have a positive attitude and a good sense of humour.
  • Willing and able to walk the challenging outdoor, 60-acre set

Contact:

Vance Neudorf – Executive Director
[email protected]
1-403-823-2001 ext. 226

Employer Profile:

Now in its 25th Season, the Canadian Badlands Passion Play is one Canada’s largest outdoor theatrical events. The company is a unique combination of primarily volunteer performers with professional mentors and crew. The company mandate is to annually depict the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in dramatic form. It is performed on Canada’s largest outdoor stage, built into the hills of the Drumheller badlands in front of a 2700-seat outdoor amphitheatre.

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