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Lead Draper and Costume Construction Technician

ZACH Theatre

  • CATEGORY Production
  • LOCATION Austin, TX
  • DATE OCTOBER 05, 2021
  • JOB TYPE Full Time
  • COMPENSATION $18.50 – 19.50 per hour per hour depending on experience
  • POSITION LEVEL Mid (3-6 yrs exp)
ZACH Theatre is looking for an experienced Lead Draper and Costume Construction Technician to help us get our art back up on the stage!
Organizes and executes the construction of costumes as required by the costume shop manager and costume designer in a year-round equity non-profit professional theatre. 
  • Drape or Flat Pattern original designs from renderings or sketches.
  • Construct and make repairs to stock costume items as needed during down times
  • Create costume patterns for costume builds
  • Create accurate material estimates on costume builds
  • Attend all fittings for costume builds with the costume designer and manager
  • Complete costume builds, alterations and repairs for each show as assigned by manager or costume designer
  • Keep work space clean and orderly to maximize productivity
  • Complete all costume builds and alterations for each ZACH event with costume needs as assigned by manager
  • Attend Dress Rehearsals as requested by Costume Shop Supervisor
  • Attend all ZACH Staff Meetings and other departmental meetings as requested by Costume Shop Supervisor
  • Able to work some nights and weekends as needed by manager
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs, climb a ladder, navigate stairs
  • Must be able operate both industrial and domestic sewing machines
  • High school diploma
  • 1-2 years in theatrical costume shop, construction, alteration and repair
  • Previous Equity or LORT shop experience (preferred)
  • Demonstrates organizational skills
  • Ability to execute tasks set up by manager or costume designer in a timely fashion.
  • Experience with the costume fitting process
  • Advanced knowledge of costume construction, pattern making, sewing, alterations, tailoring and draping
  • Some knowledge of costume crafts, millinery and fabric painting and dying.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, complete projects as assigned and multitask
  • Willingness and ability to delegate work to over hire stitchers as needed
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge with MS Excel, Word
  • Knowledge of Equity and LORT regulations and best practices
To apply: Please send your resume jobs@zachtheatre.org.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an equitable, diverse and inclusive workforce we invite you to voluntarily self-identify in the following categories in a cover letter or note that you include in your email:
  • Gender: Woman, Man, Genderqueer/Gender non-binary, prefer to self-describe
  • Pronouns: Please include your pronouns.
  • Ethnicity: Hispanic or Latino, White (not Hispanic or Latino) Black or African American (not Hispanic or Latino), Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander (not Hispanic or Latino), Asian (not Hispanic or Latino), Native American or Alaska Native (not Hispanic or Latino), Two or more races (not Hispanic or Latino)
Actor's Equity Association has set up strict guidelines that must be followed to allow Equity Actors members to work in future productions.  ZACH is intending to operate as a fully vaccinated workplace per the guidance issued by Actors Equity.

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