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Costume First Hand

Gulfshore Playhouse

  • CATEGORY Production
  • LOCATION Naples, FL
  • DATE NOVEMBER 21, 2022
  • JOB TYPE Full Time
  • COMPENSATION $38,000-$40,000
  • POSITION LEVEL Entry (up to 3 yrs exp)

Gulfshore Playhouse, a not-for-profit, LORT D professional theatre company located in Naples, Florida, is seeking a dynamic, detail-oriented and experienced individual to serve as First Hand.

Gulfshore Playhouse offers a diverse season of straight plays and small musicals ranging from venerated classics and Broadway hits to contemporary works and world premieres. The Playhouse is passionately committed to producing high-quality, professional theatre which exceeds the expectations of the cultured residents and visitors of Naples, FL, many of whom are regular theatre patrons in New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

Gulfshore Playhouse performs in an intimate 200-seat venue at the Norris Center, a municipal building run by the City of Naples. The Playhouse is in the final phases of a $66M capital campaign and has broken ground on the Baker Theatre and Education Center, a state-of-the-art facility, featuring a 350-seat mainstage with a Broadway-sized stage, a 125-seat flexible space, rehearsal studios, classrooms, and rental space. This is an extraordinarily exciting time for the Playhouse, which is experiencing unprecedented growth, and the First Hand will have the opportunity to participate in it.

Status: Full time, year-round position

Start Date: January, 2023

Representative Duties:

Reporting to the Costume Shop Manager, the First Hand assists the Draper in the construction of new costumes and the preparation of stock / rental costumes for use in a production. The first hand advises the costume technicians/interns in the sewing and construction of costumes.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Prepare work for Stitcher and Intern.
  • Assist Draper in fittings, cutting, pattern making, stitching, and alterations.
  • Assist in repair and maintenance of costumes.
  • Complete hand and finish work as assigned.
  • Assist Draper to determine best construction techniques.
  • Maintain a clean and safe work environment.


Employee will be expected to work extended hours on occasion when necessary to meet goals. Some weekend and evening hours are required including attendance at some performances, special events, and/or meetings that may happen outside normal hours.


The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills and a willingness to ensure high-quality work.  The Playhouse values hard work, kindness, generosity, passion, and grace-under-pressure.  The First Hand will be expected to work extended hours when necessary to meet goals. Weekend and evening hours are required including attendance at Opening Nights and some show performances, special events, and/or meetings that may happen outside normal hours. We acknowledge there are great candidates who may not have all of the qualifications listed below, but possess intuitive knowledge or other fully transferable skills. 

QUALIFICATIONS:

The ideal candidate would possess:

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in theatrical costume construction. This includes academic and professional experience.
  • Knowledge and expertise in costume techniques and materials.
  • Ability to prioritize and self-start tasks.
  • Ability to work with a team and skillfully delegate work.


The ideal candidate is a strong, honest, team-spirited self-starter who is excited to join a tireless, rapidly-growing, and attitude-forward regional theatre. Candidates should be friendly, excellent with patrons, staff, and visiting actors alike, and possess excellent communication and organizational skills and a willingness to ensure high-quality work. Gulfshore Playhouse values hard work, kindness, generosity, passion, and grace-under-pressure.

We acknowledge there are great candidates who may not have all of the qualifications listed below, but possess intuitive knowledge or other fully transferable skills.

Our Charter: https://gulfshoreplayhouse.org/charter/

Salary: $38,000 – $40,000 annually; exempt

Benefits include Paid Time Off; Health, Dental, Vision plans; 403b retirement plan.

Gulfshore Playhouse is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse staff; we strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups and diverse backgrounds to apply.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of references to Ray Inkel, Director of Production, at jobs@gulfshoreplayhouse.org.

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