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The Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies is in the Division of Humanities in the College of Letters and Science. Its programs integrate undergraduate and graduate instruction with student participation in theater and dance performance. The Department enrolls 1100 students in its 55-65 classes and seminars each semester. There are approximately 150 majors and 150 minors in addition to 25-30 students pursuing a Ph.D. Approx. 300 students are enrolled per semester in courses that engage in participation in production as actors, builders, stage crew, stage managers, directors, choreographers, or designers. An additional 170 students participate in summer sessions within the Department.
The Department produces annually 4-6 main stage shows; 6-10 workshop, studio, or showcase productions; 4-12 Dept. produced events and lectures; and 20-40 additional activities (rentals/loans of venues and/or equip., sponsorship of activities produced by other Depts., studio loans to campus and non-campus entities, etc.). Department welcomes more than 8000 patrons to it's events and productions annually.
The Department has 11 permanent faculty (8 FTE), 7 permanent lecturer positions (4 FTE), 3-6 temporary lecturers, 6 administrative staff (4.8 FTE), 9 Production staff (8 FTE), 5 musicians/accompanists, and 2-6 graduate student instructors.
The Department is responsible for three theaters -- the Zellerbach Playhouse (551 seats), The Durham Studio Theater (141 seats), and Zellerbach Room 7-Black Box (72 seats) -- three fully operating shops and associated spaces, significant storage and curatorial space, three dance studios, three acting studios, three design studios, additional classroom service space, a department library, and faculty and staff offices in both Dwinelle Annex and Zellerbach Hall.
The Costume Curator/ Wardrobe Supervisor is a part time position within the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies (TDPS).
As Costume Curator, this position has primary responsibility for the maintenance, organization, storage and preservation of the department's costume collection, under the general supervision of the Costume Shop Director. Maintain and update costume inventory and recommend new systems and procedures for stock management. Keep records of all items which have been checked out or returned and create systems for restocking, including informing the shop of laundry/dry cleaning and repair needs of all returned items. Facilitate faculty costume designer or student designer use of the collection. As needed, assist in the costume shop with costume fabrication, treatment, and the implementation in the production process stage of costume designs. As needed, provide instruction and supervision to students in Theater 168 (Shop Practice - Costume Shop Lab) and THR 169 (Advanced Shop Lab Practice) based in costume storage and shops.
As Wardrobe Supervisor, this position is responsible for managing the stage wardrobe and dressing processes and procedures for all TDPS productions. In conjunction with the Costume Shop and Costume Designer, creates and maintains wardrobe run sheets and other paperwork needed to run the dresser tracks and maintain the original costume design. This paperwork should include presets; timings for all costume changes, quick changes and actor hand-offs; costume maintenance and laundry needs. Additionally, this position is responsible for training and managing all student wardrobe crews in Theater 167 (Run Crew) in order for them to run their assigned dresser tracks during tech and performances. Facilitates and executes all make-up and hair designs in collaboration with the Costume Designer and Costume Shop Director. Prepares all make-up kits and trains all actors and crews in the use of stage make-up for productions. Wig and hairpiece styling as needed, as well as training of students in hair and wig application. In conjunction with the Costume Shop, manages dressing room assignments and creates strike plans for student show crews.
Costume Stock Curation
Responsible for the maintenance, and storage of costume collection.
Maintain inventory listing and labeling of individual items.
Regularly decide on the most effective use of space for storage.
Organize within boxes, on shelves, on racks.
Determine appropriate procedures for safe preservation of collection.
Receive, launder, list and label all donated pieces, integrate into collection, add to database.
Maintain rental/loan records.
Pull items and handle returns.
Make delinquent return calls as necessary.
On occasion, supervise and instruct in the work of approximately 4-5 work study and 25-35 registered students per semester assigned to work in the costume shops for laboratory courses including but not limited to THR 60 (Introduction to Technical Theater and Production), 174 (Costume Design for the Theater), and 176 or 179 (Applied Theatrical Design).
Train students in costume curation procedures and safe working practices.
Facilitate designer use of collection.
Be available for designers (professional and student) to pull from costume stock by appointment.
Establish and maintain rack systems for pulled items.
Re-integrate returns to collection.
Counsel and advise designers on items available in the collection.
Keep records of items checked out and returned.
Responsible for laundry/dry cleaning and repair as items are returned.
Costume Shop Assistance
As directed, assist in the costume shop with construction of costumes.
Under supervision of the Costume Shop Director, create, build, and assemble costumes and costume properties, shoes/boots, masks, hats, crowns, armor, and hair/wigs/makeup for all Department produced or sponsored productions: Fit, cut, and finish garments from patterns working from designs, sketches, or specified research.
Pattern and construct from such materials as cloth, metal, plastic, leather, fiberglass, etc.
Assist in maintaining the costume shop and related facilities in a neat, orderly and safe condition.
Assist in maintaining inventory of expendable supplies including thread, notions, hardware, fasteners, and adhesives.
Recommend expenditures for equipment.
Advise on planning of major alterations of existing facilities or development of new facilities.
Assist in the maintenance and cleanliness of related areas, including, but not limited to, costume storage facilities, dye room, and dressing rooms.
Participate in daily clean up.
Attend production meetings, rehearsals and designer runs, as needed, in order to create and update wardrobe run sheet.
Attend all technical and dress rehearsals and may attend performances, if needed.
Instruct, train, and supervise students completing laboratory practice in Theater 167 as wardrobe technicians on run crew, including standard methods of application for hair and make-up, maintenance and repair of costumes and costume properties, and duties associated with wardrobe/dresser for live theater including standards of professional conduct.
Create and maintain wardrobe run sheets and other paperwork needed to run the dresser tracks and maintain the original costume design.
This paperwork should include presets; timings for all costume changes, quick changes and actor hand-offs; costume maintenance and laundry needs.
Prepares all make-up kits and trains all actors and crews in the use of stage make-up for productions.
Wig and hairpiece construction as needed, as well as training of students in hair and wig application.
The Wardrobe supervisor manages dressing room assignments, coordinates dry cleaning schedules and creates strike plans for student show crews.
Significant knowledge of fashion and costume history, period, and style.
Knowledge of curatorial techniques: cataloging, record-keeping, etc.
Knowledge of research techniques.
Knowledge of preservation and storage techniques, particularly regarding fabrics and soft-goods.
Knowledge of tools specific to the costume shop and theater facility.
Knowledge of standards of practice in the field, and standards of safety and safe operation in theater and related fields (concert, dance, opera, TV/film, etc.).
Knowledge of costume construction and fabrication for the theater and related industries and knowledge of theater practice, including, but not limited to: techniques of patterning, cutting, fitting, draping, stitching, and fabric treatment, painting, dying, millinery, crafts, leatherwork, armor, shoes, accessories, hair/wigs/make-up and theatrical make-up applications including special effects.
Good working knowledge of make-up, hair, wig techniques and applications.
Experience working with diverse skin and hair types.
Working knowledge of and/or can quickly learn some University policy groups, financial (procurement card, purchasing policies), Environmental Health and Safety (shop safety manual, shop inspections, personal safety equipment, staff safety training), and computer use and security issues.
Knowledge of and/or can quickly learn Department internal policies regarding same areas.
Working knowledge of non-university policies and guidelines, including building codes, OSHA, Fire Marshall, etc.
Bachelor's Degree in Theater or in related area or equivalent training/ experience.
Salary & Benefits
This is a 4-month, non-exempt temporary position at 50% (20 hrs a week). This position may work up to 40 hours a week or accrue overtime during technical rehearsal weeks. This position is paid hourly.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.
Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.
The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $28.04 (Step 1) - $33.67 (Step 5).
How to Apply
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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