Wardrobe Assistant

Actors Theatre of Louisville
Wardrobe Assistant (Temporary, Hourly)
Posted June, 2022

Position: Wardrobe Assistant (Temporary, Hourly)
September 1st to 25th Subject to change
Reports To: Costume/Wardrobe Supervisor
Department: Production
FLSA: Non-Exempt


Actors Theatre of Louisville unlocks human potential, builds community and enriches quality of life by engaging people in theatre that reflects the wonder and complexity of our time.

Actors Theatre is an arts and culture organization as social enterprise, sharing experiences centered in a commitment to create a more just society through the ongoing disruption of the cycles of oppression, marginalization, and exploitation. Anti-racism and anti-oppression are essential in an ecosystem that has profited from the historic antecedent of plantation capitalism. In pursuing a synthesis of art and service, we have taken a deep dive into digital production and have become an interdisciplinary laboratory for a storytelling (r)evolution.

Land Acknowledgement
Actors Theatre of Louisville sits on the unceded land of many Indigenous communities including the Shawnee, Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Osage people. Indigenous peoples have always lived on the land that is now called Kentucky and continue to live here today.

Summary of Position:
The Over Hire Wardrobe Assistant is responsible for the care and maintenance of costumes during tech and run of the production. They will provide hands on assistance with pre and post show duties, quick changes, emergency repairs and laundry as assigned by the Costume/ Wardrobe supervisor.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Further Actors Theatre of Louisville's commitment to anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices and actively disrupt oppressive and white-supremacist practices.
  • Prepare to be an integral part of a small and mighty staff that is inspired to work in flexible, creative, and innovative ways.

Essential Functions:

  • Run the Wardrobe track backstage for Dracula.
  • General understanding of wardrobe paperwork.
  • Aid actors getting into costumes and help facilitate quick changes.
  • Check in and review costumes prior to each performance
  • Make sure costumes are preset correctly and later returned to the appropriate dressing rooms.
  • Help maintain dressing rooms throughout the performance period.
  • Assist with the maintenance of costumes during the performance period, such as laundry, ironing, shoe polishing, and repairs as assigned.
  • Keep the wardrobe areas and quick-change booths clean and free of debris.
  • Assist with all load-in and strike calls.
  • Participate in all safety trainings and following all Actors Theatre safety protocols.
  • Availability to work on weekdays, weekends, and evenings as scheduled.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work with a variety of sewing equipment.
  • Ability to remain calm during high-pressure quick-change situations.
  • Ability to work as a part of a team and independently.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • One (1) year experience in theatre or a related field.
  • Strong interpersonal, time management and organizational skills.

Physical requirements:

  • Ability to lift, push, pull or otherwise maneuver up to 50 lbs repeatedly, either alone or with assistance
  • Ability to lift and carry costumes while navigating stairs.
  • Work in confined spaces with low visibility.
  • Stand for long periods of time.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience working as a dresser.
  • Minimum of one year experience working in professional theatre.
  • Experience in machine and hand sewing.
  • Experience and knowledge in laundry, fabric cleaning techniques and stain removal.
  • Experience in wig application is helpful.


Compensation is $17.00 an hour.

To Apply:

Applicants interested in applying for this position must email (with Wardrobe Assistant in the subject line) resume and three (3) Professional Reference to:


No phone calls please.

Actors Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, class, religion, country of origin, political belief, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any factor protected by law. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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