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Costume Manager

The Court Theatre

Job details

The Court Theatre
12 Dec 2018
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Performing Arts


The Court Theatre is New Zealand's largest professional theatre company staging at least 15 productions each year. The Court Theatre is a charitable trust and receives funding from the Arts Council of New Zealand, Creative New Zealand, The Christchurch City Council, gaming and grant making trusts and a wide variety of corporate sponsors led by Principal Sponsor, Giesen.

The company regularly wins accolades and is often referred to as the most successful performing arts organisation in New Zealand. It provides a thriving, vibrant, challenging and stimulating environment in which to work.

Costume Manager - permanent position

The Costume Manager is responsible for co-ordinating and articulating the costume aspects of all the Theatre’s productions and for the day to day management of the costume areas and equipment of the Theatre as determined below and by the Production Manager.

Key responsibilities include:

  • To undertake costume designs and realise the designs of others ensuring that these fall within agreed budgets.
  • To collaborate with the designers and directors of each production regarding the costume design and make.
  • To ensure that all designs are delivered to the production schedule and comply with allocated budgets.
  • To attend to the timely recruitment, supervision, discipline and training of all costume staff in consultation with the Production Manager.
  • To oversee the activities of those members of staff and to supervise the day to day operation of the Costume Department.

The successful applicant will be pro-active and self-motivated and will need to be an experienced manager and costume maker. This is a position in a creative work environment. The Costume Manager, must comply with and promote, company policies. 5+ year work experience in the industry is required.

Key skills

  • Knowledge and experience of theatre costume construction techniques
  • Familiarity with theatrical costume materials and products
  • Exemplary approach to costume design and development, problem solving and realisation.
  • Creative excellence in the delivery of all work.
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently

The usual place of work is The Court Theatre, Addington in Christchurch. This is a permanent fulltime position (40 hours per week). A willingness to work flexible hours, including weekends and evenings is essential.

How to apply

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please send your cover letter and CV to The Production Manager: flore.charbonnier@courttheatre.org.nz or The Court Theatre, PO Box 268, Christchurch 8140.

Interviews: 17 – 21 December 2018

Role starts: January/February 2019

Written by

The Court Theatre

12 Nov 2018

Interests Christchurch's Theatre: Entertaining Christchurch since 1971 The Court Theatre is Christchurch's only, and New Zealand's foremost, theatre company offering entertainment of the highest quality throughout the year.