Title: Costume Director
Application reviews will begin on January 8, 2024. Please include a
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The Costume Director plays a pivotal role in supporting/advancing
theater and dance productions on campus, primarily through the use
of costume construction and design. Using a creative and
collaborative lens, this individual will work to train and
supervise student shop and wardrobe employees, maintain shop
equipment/materials, and oversee the Department’s costume
collection. This person must be able to effectively partner with
other theater professionals—most especially the faculty and guest
costume designers—to realize their production designs, as well as
support the academic principles taught in the Bates College costume
design courses. This individual will be responsible for fostering
an atmosphere of continual learning by supervising and nurturing
both novice and experienced student workers in tandem with the
The Costume Director will serve as the Costume Designer for one to
two dance concerts per year, working directly with our faculty and
guest choreographers. This may involve pulling, coordinating,
purchasing, designing and/or producing original clothing items to
support both professional and student choreographers.
The Department of Theater and Dance has an annual production
calendar which includes two faculty-directed theater productions,
and two dance concerts (one with fewer design requirements than the
other), performed in several different venues. We also provide
support for small-scale student-directed thesis productions, and
the work of several student clubs.
The Costume Director must have the ability to handle budgets,
collaborate with colleagues and guest artists, and maintain
organization of the facility and costume stock while meeting set
deadlines. This individual should be familiar and experienced with
the concepts, practices and procedures used in an academic teaching
- Collaborate with other theater professionals—especially the
Faculty Costume Designer—to realize their production designs.
- Be proficient with Costume Design for Dance, and be able to
collaborate with dance guest artists and student
- Organize all aspects of costume creation for departmental
theater and dance productions.
- Train student shop employees, and supervise student costume
- Attend fittings and take appropriate notes.
- Be organized and able to work to deadlines.
- Maintain all shop equipment and needed construction
- Oversee upkeep of the Department’s costume collection.
- Work with the General Manager on budget creation, scheduling
and other organizational needs.
- Manage production and operational budgets.
- Attend and participate in Production and Department
- Be able and willing to work weekends, evenings, and other
non-traditional schedules, as specific production needs arise.
- Maintain the supportive relationships with local theatres and
colleges with which we share borrowing privileges.
- Be familiar with the concepts, practices and procedures
utilized in both an undergraduate academic teaching environment and
professional performance environments.
- Supervise and nurture both novice and experienced student
costume designers in tandem with the Costume Designer.
- Support and supplement the academic and professional principles
taught in the Bates College costume design and production
Candidates with a BA/BFA or MA/MFA degree will be considered. An
advanced degree in Costume Technology or Costume Design
Minimum of three years-experience working in a costume shop, with
significant experience in a managerial position is required.
Experience with costume design for dance is also required.
Skills and Knowledge
- Commitment to equity and inclusion, and serving the needs of a
culturally and educationally diverse community.
- The ability to teach sewing to students with varying skill
levels and backgrounds.
- Experience in pattern drafting and draping.
- The ability to convert costume sketches to realized
- Familiarity with the use and upkeep of commercial and home
- Experience with specialty materials and approaches unique to
- Knowledge of safe use of spray paints, adhesives, and dyes,
- Familiarity with costume craft-making skills, dyeing techniques
- A general knowledge of costume history.
- Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and
maintain collegial relationships with students, staff, faculty,
guest designers and other artists, co-workers and the public.
- Strong organizational, time-management and communication
- Budgeting and bookkeeping proficiency.
- Proficiency in basic data management systems and basic computer
applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
- Personal commitment to excellence and the mission of a top-tier
small liberal arts college.
- A broad degree of creativity and a habit of continued
- Ability to support and be sensitive to issues of body image and
intimacy, as well as respect for specialized needs amongst students
of varying backgrounds.
Bates College offers competitive salaries,
excellent benefits (health, dental, sick leave, 24 days of
vacation, 2 personal days, 13 paid holidays, dependent care
subsidy, free parking, access to library and athletic facilities
& more), and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug and
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Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts
college, attracting 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around
Since 1855, Bates has been dedicated to educating the whole person
through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative
residential community. Committed to opportunity and excellence,
Bates has always admitted students without regard to gender, race,
religion, or national origin.
Cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action, Bates
prepares leaders sustained by a love of learning and zeal for
responsible stewardship of the wider world. Bates engages the
forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology —
that are transforming higher education and the world into which our
Bates has highly competitive admissions, graduates over 90 percent
of its entering students, and more than half of its alumni earn
graduate degrees. Bates employs 200 faculty members and 550
The college is proud of deep roots in the Lewiston/Auburn
community, Maine’s second-largest urban area with a population of
approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 133-acre,
traditional New England campus in Lewiston, an emerging city with
an entrepreneurial climate, a lively arts scene, and a dynamic
business community. Bates is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles
north of Boston, and 350 miles north of New York City.
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