Wardrobe Crew

Website Lookingglass Theatre Company Lookingglass Theatre Company

POSITION: Wardrobe Crew, Lookingglass Theatre Company


REPORTS TO: Wardrobe Supervisor

CLASSIFICATION: Part Time Temporary, Non-Exempt

Theatre Overview

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.

Position Summary

A member of the backstage crew and reporting to the Wardrobe Supervisor. Wardrobe Crew are responsible for the care, maintenance, and running of the production’s costumes. They collaborate with the Stage Management team and Floor Manager to prepare and execute all backstage and onstage wig and costume changes, presets, handoffs, repairs, and laundry during the tech, preview, and performance runs of LTC’s 3 show season.

Wardrobe Crew will be resourceful, organized, able to communicate clearly and effectively as well as able to create a comforting, welcoming, and safe environment for all performers. They will work closely with crew, designers, and production staff to ensure the safe, smooth, and consistent running of all performances and to shepherd a production process that is focused on supportive, sustainable, and anti-racist practices. They will provide hands on assistance to each performer both in the dressing room and backstage as well as upholding the costume designer’s vision throughout the run. The process of costuming a performer is inherently intimate, and the Wardrobe Crew will create a welcoming and safe space that protects this intimacy and promotes body positivity.

Key Responsibilities:

§  Originate and run wardrobe track for each production

§  Assist with the load in of costumes into the theater dressing rooms

§  Creation and maintenance of show paperwork throughout the tech process as well as run of show

§  Complete daily laundry and maintenance routines for costume items, hair, and makeup

as directed by Wardrobe Supervisor, Costume Director, and Costume Designer

§  Provide hands on assistance with quick changes which may include wig prep/application and make up application

§  Maintain a clean and orderly backstage area, wardrobe room, and dressing rooms

§  Adhere to and participate in implementation of Lookingglass’ COVID protocols

§  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/)

Required Qualifications:

§  Demonstrated wardrobe experience of 1-2 years at collegiate or professional level

§  Ability to ascend/descend multiple flights of stairs multiple times per day

§  Move equipment or costumes weighing up to 30 pounds with assistance

§  Intermediate Hand Sewing experience

§  Beginner to Intermediate Domestic and/or Industrial Machine Sewing experience

§  Current COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory before onboarding, unless a reasonable accommodation is requested and granted in accordance with Lookingglass policy.

Desired Qualifications:

§  Ability to excel in a fast-paced, quickly changing environment

§  Intermediate experience planning, organizing, and executing quick changes

§  Familiarity with Actor’s Equity Association costume care standards

§  Familiarity with stain removal on a wide range of textiles

Excellent communication skills
Exposure to special FX items such as blood, prosthetics, and specialty makeup
Intermediate experience styling human hair, as well as human hair and synthetic wigs
Be punctual, professional, and work well as a member of a team
Producer commits to the following:

§  Sick leave in line with the Chicago Sick Time Policy

§  Opportunity to participate in anti-oppression training

Dates as follows:

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

Tech: Thursday, November 10 – Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Previews: Sunday, November 13 and Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Performances: Wednesday, November 16, 2022 – Sunday, January 8, 2023

Scheduled days off for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

8-9 show performance weeks, typically Tuesday- Sunday


Tech: Tuesday, January 31 – Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Previews: Wednesday, February 8 – Friday, February 17, 2023

Performances: Saturday, February 18 – Sunday, April 23, 2023

8 show performance weeks, anticipated student matinees, typically Tuesday- Sunday

Lucy and Charlie’s Honeymoon

Tech: Tuesday, May 16 – Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Previews: Wednesday, May 24 – Friday, June 2, 2023

Performances: Saturday, June 3 – Sunday, August 13, 2023

Possible extension through Sunday, August 27, 2023

8 show performance weeks, typically Tuesday- Sunday


·       This position is paid $19.00/hour with a guaranteed weekly minimum of $760 during the run of show, based on an anticipated 40 hours of work across 8-9 shows/week. OT begins after 40 hours/week and is paid at time and a half.

The number of Wardrobe Crew roles available varies by production. Qualified candidates will be considered for all production teams unless they indicate a preference otherwise. Current COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory before onboarding unless a reasonable accommodation is requested and granted in accordance with Lookingglass policy.

Instructions to Apply:

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.

Submit application to: ehendren@lookingglasstheatre.org
In subject line: LTC- Wardrobe Crew Application
Attach: Cover letter and/or Introductory Video, PDF Resume & 3 References,

To apply for this job email your details to ehendren@lookingglasstheatre.org

Pay Rate/Range*: $19.00/hour, OT after 40 hours per week