Costume Supervisor

  • Part Time
  • Chicago

Website Chicago Children's Theatre

Chicago Children’s Theatre seeks a Costume Supervisor for our 2022/23 Season.

CCT is Chicago’s premiere AEA TYA company working with professional artists and technicians to create high-quality work for child audiences. CCT’s space at 100 S Racine Ave, in the West Loop, is a flexible 125-seat blackbox theatre.

The Costume Supervisor will work with designers and Director of Production to support each of three production’s costumes, as well as manage a small storage/shop area. This is a part-time hourly position, with the majority of hours around rehearsals and tech for each show. Costume Supervisor may also choose to design new costumes, if needed, for our Holiday show as well as construct them, and will be expected to lead the design and creation of all understudy costumes.

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee and participate in the construction, pulling, fitting, and strike for each production;
  • Coordinate costume fitting schedules, rehearsal needs, and performance notes with Stage Management and Designers;
  • Ensure fitting notes are executed in a timely manner;
  • Attend costume measurements and fittings as needed;
  • Support construction of all built costume elements; hire and oversee overhire labor as needed;
  • Design, create, shop, build, pull, and acquire all understudy costumes – including overseeing measuring and fitting all understudy costumes;
  • Manage and maintain costume shop inventory of stock costumes, supplies, fabrics, notions, etc;
  • Manage show and department budgets;
  • Manage costume ‘shop’ equipment, repairs, and maintenance;
  • Work with the designer and Stage Management to ensure completion of costume notes during tech and previews;
  • Provide support for performance repair notes and dry cleaning as needed;
  • Maintain and organize costume shop/storage.

Compensation is $22.50/hour; show 1 is expected at 10 total hours of work, show 2 is expected at 30 total hours of work, show 3 is expected at 60 total hours of work.

Meetings are paid at a 2-hour guaranteed minimum, work calls at a 4-hour guaranteed minimum, and show calls at a 3-hour guaranteed minimum. All hours over 40 in a single week will be paid at time-and-a-half.

At current – the details of CCT’s COVID policies for 22/23 aren’t yet decided upon, but at the least, CCT shall require proof of full vaccination for all employees.

Schedule is broadly-

Show 1 – Manual Cinema –

Load in and tech – Monday 9/5/22 – Friday 9/9/22
Run – 9/10 – 10/16
Load out – 10/17/22 – 10/21/22

(as this show is presented by CCT, it should require very little from the supervisor)

Show 2- Beatrix Potter
Load In/Rehearsals – 11/1/22-11/14/22
Tech – 11/14/22 – 11/18/22
Open – 11/19/22
Loadout Early January, TBD

(this is a recurring holiday show, there may be new cast members and supervisor can either design and construct costumes for any new cast members based on previous designs, or work with an external designer to create these pieces, cast of 3, with 1 understudy)

Show 2 – The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
Build/Load in March 2023
Rehearsal starts week of 3/27/23
Tech is week of 4/3/23
Previews will begin 4/11/23, we’ll open 4/15/23
Five week guaranteed run will close 5/14/23
Up to 3 additional extension weeks (thru 6/4/23)

(Cast of 3, with 1 or 2 understudies)

Chicago Children’s Theatre is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and justice in our organization and our community, and thus we seek a broad spectrum of employees. AA/EOE

Chicago Children’s Theatre is strongly committed to increasing equity, diversity and inclusion in our audiences, our programs and in all of our hiring for staff, artists, and recruiting of board members. CCT is committed to a future where our theatre is a home for all people, all families, and is truly reflective of our community. We are also committed to providing a work environment that is free from discrimination. CCT prohibits discrimination in employment against any employee or job applicant because of that person’s race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, sex, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, familial status, veteran status, status with regard to public assistance, membership in a local human rights commission or any other legally protected status.

Instructions to Apply:

 If you are interested in this position, please send a resume to Director of Production Will Bishop at along with a list of any significant conflicts, and we will set up an interview time from there.

To apply for this job email your details to

Pay Rate/Range*: $22.50/hour