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Workroom Assistant & Painter/Dyer

The Workroom Assistant helps the Costume Shop Manager oversee the daily workflow in the costume Shop. They help establish and maintain the work standards for the costume shop and stock as a whole, including assisting with the management of each production’s timelines and hourly estimates. Workroom Assistant also helps supervise wardrobe crews during production performances. The Painter/Dyer is responsible for all of the color modification of fabric & garments that will be needed throughout the season.

Essential Functions:

• Work with Costume Shop Manager & Drapers to create a list of all assigned projects with time estimates for each production to foresee and avoid overtime

• Work with Costume Shop Manager and Master Stitcher to maintain and establish construction and alteration standards

• Mentor and instruct stitchers, apprentices, interns and volunteers regarding construction and alteration techniques

• Paint and dye fabric and garments as needed throughout the season

• Assist Costume Shop Manager with fitting and rehearsal correspondence and with the creation of the weekly fitting schedule

• Supervise wardrobe crews as needed.


Additional Responsibilities:

• Assist Costume Shop Manger in preparing rental packages

• Help maintain all of the Costume Shop equipment

• Perform and or supervise fittings as needed

• Take and or update performer’s measurements as needed

• Distribute Dress Rehearsal notes as needed

• Alert Costume Shop Manager of stock and or inventory needs

• Stitch as necessary, • Maintain costume stock as needed

• Pull shoes and or costumes as needed

• Assist in packing and unpacking of rental packages when needed

• Maintain orderly and safe work space, including the shop at large

• Design Assist as needed, if no Design Assistant is available.


Non-Essential Functions

• Other related duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibility:

• Stitchers, Dressers, Apprentices, Interns and Volunteers.



• Degree in theatre technology and at least 1 year of professional wardrobe, dying and stitching experience OR equivalent combination of professional experience and education

• Driver’s License

• Must have reliable transportation.



• Excellent project management and people skills

• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to present in public

• Creative, detail oriented, excellent organizational and self-management skills, and ability to multi-task, adapt, and work in a fast-paced work environment

• Excellent personal time management skills

• Ability to work well under pressure with varied personalities

• Ability to both receive and delegate instructions to others

• Extensive understanding of fabric modification techniques and color theory

• Experience with multiple dye techniques, including: industrial dye vats, washing machine and countertop methods

• Intermediate costume construction skills, including: cutting, stitching and finishing

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

• Costume fitting experience, • Industrial and domestic sewing machines

• Intermediate understanding of patterns and fashion history

• Moderate millinery and crafting experience

• Experience on professional wardrobe crews (touring experience is a plus, but not required.)

Computer Skills:

•Excellent computer skills with knowledge of Excel, Outlook, Power Point and Word

• Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop a plus.


Physical Demands

• Extended periods 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

• Must be able to wear a respirator.


Work Environment:

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


Travel/Other Requirements:

• Will be required to travel to Tucson for some performances and fittings and may be asked to travel to other cities for specific job related duties (travel and per diem will be given when applicable)

• Ability to shop locally as needed (mileage will be reimbursed when applicable)

• Availability for evening and weekend rehearsals and performances 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.

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Reports To: 
Costume Shop Manager, Lead Draper
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Full time, Hourly. Seasonal beginning on or about August 16, 2019 (start date is negotiable) and concluding on or about May 29, 2020.