REPORTS TO: Costume Director, Assistant Costume Shop Manager
CLASSIFICATION: Part-Time, Non-exempt
As one of the country’s largest ensemble theatres dedicated to the creation of new work, Lookingglass Theatre Company seeks to redefine the theatrical experience and to make theatre more exhilarating, inspirational, and accessible to all. Founded in 1988 by a group of Northwestern University theatre graduates, Lookingglass moved into its permanent home in the historic Water Tower Water Works on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue in 2003. Now in its 35th Season, the Company is a respected source for story-centered theatrical work that is evocative, physical, and visually rich.
With a roster of 29 Ensemble Members and 22 Artistic Associates, Lookingglass productions are centered on ensemble with training in theatre, dance, music, and circus arts. Through its powerful, original theatre, the Company's goal is to fire the imagination with love, to celebrate the human capacity to taste and smell, weep and laugh, create and destroy, and wake up where we first fell—changed, charged and empowered.
As members of the production team and reporting to the Costume Director and Assistant Costume Shop Manager, Stitchers assist in the building, altering and repairing of costumes on the mainstage productions at Lookingglass for the 2022-2023 season.
- Sew, by machine or hand, costumes for mainstage Lookingglass Theatre Company productions to industry standards.
- Alter costumes to adjust fit, style, or function of a garment, as directed by Costume Director and/or Costume Shop Assistant in line with the Costume Designer’s vision.
- Maintain a clean and orderly Costume Shop.
- Participate in organization-wide anti-racism work and incorporate an anti-racist lens into daily practice. Lookingglass recognizes that it has much to do towards being an anti-racist and a more equitable institution. We believe that our work and our lives are infinitely more complex, rewarding, illuminating, and nearer to truth when we have a wider variety of human experiences in our room, at our table, and on our stage. This work, by the Board, Ensemble, and staff, is ongoing and is publicly reflected here: Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion Statement – Lookingglass Theatre Company. (https://lookingglasstheatre.org/aeistatement/)
- Adherence to and participation in the implementation of Lookingglass’ COVID protocols, including providing proof of full vaccination before the first day of employment. Current COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory before onboarding, unless a reasonable accommodation is requested and granted in accordance with Lookingglass policy.
- Actively working towards Anti-racist ideals.
- 1 year of stitcher experience at collegiate or professional level.
- Beginner knowledge in theatrical sewing and altering to industry standards.
- Ability to operate a variety of domestic sewing machines and sergers.
- Ability to sit for long periods of time.
- Ability to move and transport costumes weighing up to 20 lbs unassisted from the Costume Shop to Dressing Rooms.
- Intermediate experience sewing stretch material (lycra, knits), as well as slippery materials (silk, chiffon, georgette)
- Beginner experience using industrial sewing machines.
- Beginner experience of alterations for theatrical costuming: rigging for harness wear, rigging for quick changes, inserting stretch panels for circus garments, etc.
Steadfast Tin Soldier
October 24, 2022 – November 11, 2022
January 2, 2023 – February 19, 2023
Lucy And Charlie’s Honeymoon
April 24, 2023 – June 4, 2023
Shop Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, with 30 min paid lunch.
Candidates with partial availability will be considered.
- Guaranteed overtime after 40 hours/week and is paid at time and a half of the regular rate.
- Sick Leave in line with the Chicago Sick Time Policy.
- Access to Anti-racism training.
Costume Shop: John Hancock Center, 875 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1340
Theatre: Water Tower Water Works, 163 E Pearson St.
- Work in the Costume Shop on the 13th floor of 875 N Michigan Ave, accessed by elevators. Once in tech, work in a studio at the Theatre, accessed by elevator or stairs.
- Tolerate exposure to metals, common laundry chemicals, and materials like wool or latex.
Lookingglass Theatre Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetics, or status as an individual with a disability. We welcome applications from all qualified applicants.
How to Apply:
Please contact Melissa Perkins, Costume Director, at email@example.com for more information if interested. No phone calls please.
Submit application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In subject line: LTC – Stitcher
Body of email: Short description of your interest in the position
Attach: PDF Resume