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Job (Calgary): Full-time Regular Costume Supervisor – University of Calgary

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Job (Calgary): Full-time Regular Costume Supervisor – University of Calgary

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Position Overview

The Division of Drama in the School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Costume Supervisor.
This position reports to the Manager, SCPA Production, and the Head of the Division of Drama. The Costume Supervisor is responsible for theatrical costuming and related matters within the division of Drama, the School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), and by extension the University, both in actual costume creation and graduate and undergraduate research. 
This position normally works 7.0 hours per day, five days per week, usually Monday to Friday. During production weeks adjusted work days, hours, and overtime are possible.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):
  • Analysing designs, communicating positively with graduate and undergraduate student designers, costing designs, providing detailed costings to the Production Manager upon an agreed schedule.
  • Planning the successful costume build period, organizing and supervising labour and spending, purchasing materials, organizing and participating in fittings.
  • Working with student stage management personnel and other student crews, organizing, instructing and supervising student running crews and their paperwork, preparing for and attending the Technical Dress Rehearsal and other rehearsals as necessary, providing a positive learning environment and feedback to students to support their learning.
  • Ensure productions arrive at opening night on time and on budget with a minimum amount of stress and overtime, and looking professionally produced to audiences, faculty, staff, visiting artists, and students.
  • Plans and delivers course content to students for the DRAM 223 class and other costume related classes, including Practicums.
  • Advises and trains undergraduate students in theatrical construction techniques and basic shop safety.
  • Works closely with graduate students on their thesis and pre-thesis research.
  • Manages and adds to the research resources and assets of the division. 
  • Coordinates and maintains the Costume stock.  
  • Creates a transparent system of labelling, storing, and cataloguing the Costume stock. 
  • Maintains a costume research library.
  • Stays current with new construction techniques and materials to support graduate and undergraduate student and faculty research.
  • Represents the University as an authority in the field of historical dress and theatrical costume, presenting and acting as a consultant. 
  • Acts as first point of contact for collaborating professional and academic institutions on costume matters.
  • Cooperates with other divisions within the SCPA and across the University to enhance teaching and learning; i.e. information and loans to students and faculty outside of Drama.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Technical School Diploma or University BA or BFA specialising in Theatrical Cutting and Construction.
  • Five years experience in theatrical costume cutting and construction or minimum ten years as a professional costumer, with pattern making expertise.
  • Five years experience in a teaching environment with apprentices or students.
  • Five years experience supervising staff.
  • Costing and overseeing the construction of large-scale theatrical productions.
  • Knowledge of theatre history, costume history, costume theory and design and a thorough knowledge of costume construction techniques.
  • Knowledge of fabric modification (dyeing, screen printing, distressing).
  • Knowledge of costume construction for dance.
  • Strong verbal, written, and visual (sketches, drafting plans etc.) communication skills.
  • Strong facilitation, presentation, leadership, teamwork and client relationships skills.
  • Highly proficient in the use of all costume workshop machines and equipment. 
  • Knowledge of new costume technologies such as wearable LEDs.
  • Knowledge of basic computer programs such as Excel, Word, Outlook, inventory database systems and internet search engines.
Application Deadline:  September 23, 2020
We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase II.
To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

About the University of Calgary

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