Cutter/Draper

  • Part Time
  • Chicago

Website Marriott Theatre

Marriott Theatre is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusivity for its staff, creative teams, casts, musicians, crew members and audiences, and is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and discrimination-free environment. We welcome the uniqueness that any candidate can bring to our organization in terms of education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs. We welcome candidates that help us build and maintain an anti-racist and anti-opression environment, and who help prioritize joy in the production process. Applicants of diverse, underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please email your resume to Meg.Love@MarriottTheatre.com.

Marriott Theatre seeks one or more Cutter/Drapers for our upcoming production of Sound of Music. Contract dates to be filled from January 24 – April 20, 2022.  This has the opportunity to turn into a full time position with benefits in summer 2022.

The Cutter/Draper is responsible for working with the Costume Designer and Costume Shop Manager in the construction and preparation of all assigned production costumes.

Responsibilities

  • Manage the workflow of the costume shop
  • Interpret sketches and drawings created by the Costume Designer to create costumes.
  • Research period, styles, and techniques necessary to realize the Designer’s vision and to meet the physical needs of the performers.
  • Work with the Costume Shop Manager to determine the achievable volume and timeline of costume builds.
  • Calculate yardage estimates and other material needs (notions, zippers, etc.) for each costume build.
  • Create original patterns through flat patterning or draping.
  • Attend and supervise all costume fittings, making sure to be respectful of actors’ bodies and attentive to the physical needs of the actor within the costume.
  • Tailor or alter costumes as needed.
  • Instruct the first hand and stitchers on the accurate construction and alteration of costumes.
  • Complete costumes with high quality within the allotted timeline and budget.
  • Assist in the restocking or reorganization of costume warehouse and other storage areas
  • Assist in other shop areas, as needed (stitching, costume crafts, etc.)
  • Monitor shop supplies and communicate needs to the Costume Shop Manager
  • Maintain a clean and safe workspace.

Preferred Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or a Certificate of completion from a suitable training program in theatrical costume construction or equivalent experience preferred.
  • 2-4 years of experience in a cutter/draper position preferred.
  • Thorough understanding of the costume design and construction processes and all the related aspects of the overall theatre production process
  • Knowledge and experience in a variety of costume time periods and theatrical garment construction techniques.
  • Knowledge of textiles
  • Demonstrated proficiency in original pattern creation through flat pattern making and draping.
  • Experience with tailoring and alterations.
  • Proficient in the use and maintenance of industrial and domestic sewing machines, blind hemmers, sergers, and industrial irons.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work productively under time pressures and meet deadlines

Employer Expectations

  • Arrive in a punctual manner
  • Complete tasks and duties by each deadline
  • If a deadline cannot be met, communicate to Costume Shop Manager, and other appropriate personnel as early as possible.
  • Maintain a positive working environment while communicating and working alongside other theatre professionals and hotel staff.
  • Uphold organizational values and play a leadership role in creating and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment. This includes participating in organizational anti-racism work and committing to implement these practices into daily business life.
  • Perform assigned and inherent tasks and duties in a positive manner

Communication Flow

Position reports to Costume Shop Manager, Production Manager

Pay

$21-$24 hourly; commensurate with experience

Instructions to Apply:

To apply, please email your resume to Meg.Love@MarriottTheatre.com

To apply for this job email your details to Meg.Love@marriotttheatre.com

Pay Rate/Range*: $21-24/hr