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Head Of Wardrobe, Dramatic Arts

Head Of Wardrobe, Dramatic Arts

  • Full Time
  • St Catherines, ON
  • Jul 4, 2022
  • Salary: $50,980 - $75,356

Website Brock University

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We are on the cusp of something new and exciting. We are launching into our next 50 years and are looking for people with passion, energy, and a strong desire to help our students achieve their goals.


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Learning and career development are natural elements of an academic environment. At Brock, career development is ingrained in our culture. On average, 45- 60% of our staff position hires are a result of internal movement**. Our Senior Leadership, Staff, and Faculty help drive our collaborative culture. Learn more about how our employees feel about their employment experience at Brock University by visiting


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Post End Date:

Note to all candidates: This posting will close at 12:01 am on the date listed .

July 4, 2022**Please note this is an ongoing regular position working 40 hours per week.**


A Day in the Life…


The Head of Wardrobe is responsible for managing the technical stage wardrobe and properties elements of Dramatic Arts Department shows and course outcomes, supporting the teaching of costume and small stage properties production by providing training and lab demonstration, supervising students and contractors, and maintaining physical spaces and equipment within the Department. These duties include accountability for financial, production, and administration matters, and classroom support.


As the Head of Wardrobe, you will:

– Participate in and supervise construction, maintenance and storage of costumes and small props;
– Contribute to Master Schedule of annual DART productions in consultation with Production Manager and production team, including work schedule and purchase and construction schedule;
– Work with designers (guest and resident) to adapt designs for theatre and live performance production, providing stock information, updated inventory lists, and advice;
– Respond in timely manner to rehearsal notes from Stage Management and recommend solutions to challenging production issues in collaboration with the director, designer, and production team;
– Fulfill role of Head of Wardrobe in ordering, purchasing, building, and providing technical expertise for shows and provide regular budget updates and work completion records to Production Manager;
– Supervise all contracted and student technical workers and craftspeople in wardrobe and properties tasks, including providing job descriptions and training/guidelines to ensure a clean and safe work environment and a safe working experience;
– Provide, procure, or construct and maintain costumes and small props needed for course outcomes or projects;
– Maintain basic and safe laboratory teaching spaces and set guidelines and procedures for wardrobe shop use;
– Inform acting /practicum instructors of resources available to them, including wardrobe and properties inventories and support and advise faculty and instructors in the preparation of tools and materials kits for course-based teaching;
– Provide supplies, wardrobe elements, and small props when requested by instructors and approved by the Production Manager;
– Organize and supervise set up and strike for course  and project outcomes as required (including stage, backstage, and dressing room space, property loan, storage space);
– Calculate time/labor and materials for production budgets, and develop preliminary costing of all shows and provide budgetary estimates, regular budget updates, work completion records, and expenditure reports to the Production Manager;
– Participate in and/or manage purchasing, rental, and transportation of costume and other production elements including small props;
– Report any accidents/incidents to the Production Manager and Chair;
– Oversee and contribute to maintenance of wardrobe equipment, costume and small properties stock, and departmental items in storage and elsewhere;
– Manage the accession and deaccession of donations/contributions to the costume collection, the loan of wardrobe and properties elements, and other items within the department, the University, and larger community;
– Co-ordinate with Facilities Manager regarding division of responsibilities for cleaning and maintenance of wardrobe construction costume shop and storage and other departmental spaces; and
– Attend department meetings and provide advice as requested by the Production Manager and/or the Chair;
– Supervise contracted craftspersons, Student Wardrobe Assistants, other students, and artistic personnel working on production, with particular emphasis on stage and shop activities and delegates responsibilities to Wardrobe Assistants as necessary;
– Provide information/feedback, when called upon, which assists with the evaluation of the students to the instructor of record; including assessing students’ abilities, supervising, and assigning work in consultation with instructor of record;
– All other related duties as required and/or assigned by the Production Manager and/or the Department Chair or a designate.
– Irregular and long hours are required to meet production deadlines, including many weekend and evening hours.


What you Need to Succeed…

– College Diploma in Technical Theatre, Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
– Valid Ontario Driver’s License;
– A minimum or three (3) to five (5) years’ experience in Production departments of professional theatres;
– Demonstrated ability in stage costuming and small properties construction, including purchasing, patterning, sewing, and other construction techniques, and operation of related machinery and equipment;
– Demonstrated ability in production planning and safety standards;
– Demonstrated ability to interpret design renderings and drawings;
– Demonstrated knowledge of basic structural integrity pertaining to materials commonly used in the costuming industry;
– Demonstrated knowledge of all areas of theatrical production in diverse theatre organization models;
– Ability to manage finances and project material and labour costs;
– Demonstrated ability to guide, assess, and provide feedback to learners; and
– Commitment to the art of the theatre;
– Ability to collaborate to achieve the creative vision of director/designer/team;
– Ability to clearly demonstrate and explain tasks to learners and to assess learners’ progress;
– Ability to manage limited budgets for productions and maintenance;
– Ability to work within a variety of production processes;
– Ability to work creatively and collaboratively with limited physical space, challenging schedules, and tight design delivery times;
– Ability to creatively provide cost effective and innovative alternatives for stage design;
– Ability to understand, contribute to, and help realize an artistic vision.

Preferred or Asset Skills

– Membership at CITT, USITT or similar organization;
– Experience in an academic environment.

Salary and Benefit Information

Job Grade J, Salary Scale $50,980 – $75,356 *
This position includes comprehensive benefits coverage including tuition waiver.
* We appreciate all applications received; however, we will contact only those candidates selected for an interview.

This position is included in the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (IATSE) Union and:

-Salary is therefore determined by the IATSE Collective agreement. *

-It is Brock University’s policy to give first consideration to qualified internal Brock University IATSE applicants.



Please note that Brock University currently requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if they are working on campus and/or in-person with other employees, students or members of the public. As a condition of being hired, employees in these types of roles will be required to provide proof of full vaccination, or provide proof of a bona fide medical or Human Rights Code exemption.


Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of Employment Equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples including those who identify as members of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, members of visible minorities and racialized groups, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons are encouraged to apply. We will accommodate the needs of the applicants and the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the selection process, as outlined in the Employment Accommodation Policy Please advise:  to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.


It is Brock University’s policy to give consideration to qualified internal applicants.


We appreciate all applications received; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

At this time, initial interviews will be conducted virtually.


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