Costume Shop Manager

Requisition # 2021-13379
Date Posted 3 months ago(9/14/2021 8:18 AM)
Lewis Center, Theater
Arts and Museum Administration
Job Type


The Lewis Center for the Arts (LCA) at Princeton University is seeking a Costume Shop Manager. The LCA is a home for artists, educators, staff, scholars, students, audiences and those who embrace, embody, and nurture an expansive vision of art. We believe that art as a practice generates, significantly clarifies, and shares human experience and should not be a matter of luxury and privilege. Since creating and engaging in art is greatly enhanced by equitable participation, we believe diversity is a foundational value. We are looking for a creative, collaborative person with experience in all aspects of costume design and construction to join our production staff. Someone to promote an inclusive and safe work environment; to foster a culture of community, equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism among staff and guest artists as well fostering a dynamic and creative shop environment.


This is a full-time, 10-month (academic year) position.


  • Hire and supervise shop staff, casual hires and student workers; 
  • Work closely with students from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels on the design and build process;
  • Work closely with faculty and guest artists on all theater and dance productions from initial design meetings to the final performance; 
  • Foster a culture of safety and ensure a safe work environment for all. 
  • Maintain and track all costume budgets; 
  • Maintain Costume Shop stock; 
  • Build costume pieces, complete costume craft projects and produce accessories as needed. 


  • BA or BFA in Theater or similar professional experience
    • 5-7 years experience
    • Broad working knowledge of all aspects of costume design and production from initial design to final performance.
    • A solid background in technical theater - either design or costume construction.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, positive attitude, team player, collaboration skills, problem solving skills and a great sense of humor.
  • Self-motivated, organized and detail oriented.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Prime, and Concur. Ability to work a schedule that varies from week to week and includes nights and weekends on a regular basis.
  • Valid driver’s license, must be able to drive a University vehicle.
  • Working knowledge of some additional costuming skills preferred, such as stage makeup, hat making, crafts, painting and dyeing.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Standard Weekly Hours


Work Schedule, If Other Than Standard Hours

Some nights and weekends required.

Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Probationary Period

180 days

Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver’s License Required


Experience Level

Mid-Senior Level



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