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First Hand/Stitcher

The First Hand/Stitcher is a full time, hourly position (averaging 32 hours per week) that, along with the rest of the Costume Shop staff, helps create and maintain the costume pieces for every show that Arizona Opera produces each season.

Essential Functions:

• Prepping and cutting fabric after receiving patterns from the Cutter/Draper,

• Help with the preparation & delegation of projects to apprentices, interns, overhire and volunteers,

• Assist the Master Stitcher with costume construction and alterations,

• Help maintain the integrity of each costume design,

• Maintain construction standards within the Costume Shop. Additional Responsibilities:

• Take notes and assist with performer fittings as needed,

• Help with the organization, pulling and re-stocking of Costume Storage as needed by the Shop Manager,

• Aiding the Shop Manager with monitoring shop supplies and re-ordering,

• Maintaining a clean and effective work environment,

• Other related duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibility:

• Apprentices, interns, overhire and volunteers on a per project basis as required by the Shop Manager and Master Stitcher.


• Degree in theatre technology and at least 2 years of professional first hand and stitching experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience.


• Costume construction skills, including: cutting, stitching & finishing,

• Simple draping and pattern making,

• Costume fitting experience,

• Tailoring experience,

• Garment alteration skills, including: prepping, stitching and reconstruction,

• Industrial sewing machines,

• Domestic sewing machines,

• Excellent personal time management skills,

• Ability to work well under pressure with varied personalities,

• Ability to both receive and delegate instructions to others,

• General knowledge of Costume History,

• Knowledge of varying fabrication techniques

• Millinery and crafts experience is a plus, but not required.

Computer Skills:

• Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite,

• Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop a plus.

Physical Demands:

• Extended periods standing at a work table, sitting at a sewing machine and standing at ironing board,

• Communicating by telephone, email and in person,

• Ability to perform duties in a rigorous schedule, climb ladders and stairs and carry 50 pounds.

Work Environment:

• Work environment is generally a busy costume shop, but can include Costume Storage at the Scenic Studio and backstage at Arizona Opera’s performance venues.

Travel/Other Requirements:

• May be asked to travel to Tucson or other cities for specific job related duties (travel and per diem will be given when applicable),

• Availability for some evenings and weekends is required, but this will be scheduled ahead of time.


The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.

The Arizona Opera is an Equal Opportunity employer. The Arizona Opera does not discriminate against an Employee or candidate for employment because of his or her race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or nationality, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or any other legally protected status. We prohibit discrimination in all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, engagements, assignments, training, discipline, termination, promotions or other conditions of employment or career development. We offer Reasonable Accommodations where necessary to candidates for employment and to our qualified employees with disabilities.


Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, a resume and 3 references. Email materials, with the subject line First Hand/Stitcher, to

Reports To: 
Costume Shop Manager
Job Category: 
Eligible for OT. Full time, seasonal beginning on or about August, 19 2019 (start date is negotiable) and concluding on or about May 15, 2020