The Costume Apprentice will work within the Costume Department in order to learn about the many aspects of costuming for live theater. The focus of this apprenticeship is in building the technical skills needed to make early-career costumes professionals suitable for work in regional theatre. These skills are developed through a devised curriculum between costume technicians, wardrobe staff, wig and makeup artists and resident design assistants all under the supervision of the Costume Director. Some design opportunities are available throughout the season as assigned by the Costume Director.
Individuals with a desire to grow a deeper understanding of professional costuming practices and skills in a regional theater’s Costume Department.
Develop the skills to be a confident costume technician
Strengthen the abilities to use tools and equipment common to costume workrooms
Gain an understanding of various costume staff member’s role and significance in the design process
Foster the ability to read a sketch or research, and translate a design into a completed garment
Develop skills in pattern creation through draping or flat patterning
Learn the necessary skills to work alongside wardrobe team members
Broaden skills that aid an effective design process
Learn how to market yourself as a theatre professional and present your work in resumes and portfolios
Learn applicable costuming skills within the Actors Theatre of Louisville Costume Department, which is composed of staff costume technicians, design assistants, wardrobe team members, and wig artists
Complete an independent costume construction project to better understand the costume design and construction process from conceptualization through realization
Run a show track and assist with pre and post show duties as assigned
Help facilitate the design process by supporting staff Costume Design Assistants on select Humana Festival projects as assigned
Serve as the Costume Designer or Coordinator for selected Professional Training Company projects
Attend periodic workshops and seminars
Prior experience in costume or garment construction and design
A willingness to learn about the many facets of costuming
Be a highly motivated, proactive self-starter, with the ability to work in and foster a team-focused environment
The ability to work in a fast-paced organization, with a variety of personalities, while possibly balancing the needs of several projects
Strong communication skills
The Costume Apprentice will primarily work Tuesday through Saturday, 9am to 6pm. However, with the opportunities to work alongside staff Design Assistants, learn from Wardrobe Team members, and also design select PTC productions during the season, the flexibility to be available for evenings, Sundays, or Mondays is helpful.
Two letters of recommendation
Visual documentation of previous costume projects or designs