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Assistant Costume Director | Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Assistant Costume Director.

The Assistant Costume Director works with the Costume Director and costume shop team to ensure a safe, efficient, and inclusive work environment. As well as act as the assistant costume designer for four productions a season, and mentor the costume shop apprentice/fellow.

This position reports to the Costume Shop Director.

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:

  • Strong time management and organization
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Supervisory and management experience
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office
  • Budget management
  • Awareness of current fashion trends as they affect sources available
  • Knowledge of safety equipment and standards in a costume shop
  • Ability to work with a variety of artists in high pressure situations
  • Experience in theatrical costuming techniques
  • The ideal candidate will have at least two years of project management experience in costuming. This position reports to the Costume Director.


  • Execute designs in collaboration with costume designers and costume team within set budget
  • Communicate between the costume shop and other department including stage management, props, and many others
  • Lead efforts to maintain a safe workspace including safety walk-thrus and evacuation drills
  • Update costume shop paperwork including sources, vendors, & training manuals
  • Provide back up and support to the costume director
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago, IL