Assistant Cutter

Assistant Cutter

PURPOSE:
To assist the Draper or Tailor in the construction and fitting of costumes

 

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum two (2) years experience as an Assistant Cutter in a professional shop, or two (2) year experience as a Draper in a small professional shop, or one (1) year experience as a First Hand for the San Francisco Opera

PREREQUISITE SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS:

  • Knowledge of: principles and practices of construction of stage costumes; period costume cutting; and fabrics and fibers
  • Knowledge of all applicable sewing machine operations
  • Supervisory experience
  • Ability to work independently; prioritize tasks; and exercise good judgment and initiative
  • Ability to manage multiple, competing priorities successfully
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to interact with artists, staff, the public, and volunteers in a professional, confidential and tactful manner
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Reliable daily attendance and punctuality
  • Must perform the functions of the position in a safe manner

 ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Assists in measuring and assigning existing costumes
  • Takes notes for alterations from artists and the creative team during dress rehearsals
  • Assist Draper or Tailor at fittings and take notes whenever needed
  • Makes sure that every alteration is complete according to the notes taken at fittings
  • Sets up alterations or projects for the stitchers
  • Transfers muslin patterns to paper
  • Assists the Draper or Tailor at dress rehearsals, or stands in for the Draper or Tailor when needed
  • Manages team in Draper or Tailor’s absence, supervising stitchers and ensuring quality control
  • Responsible for draping, cutting garments, linings, flat linings, facings as delegated Draper or Tailor
  • Assist in planning the workload to ensure work is completed in a timely fashion
  • Responsible for Merola Productions under supervision of Draper or Tailor

SECONDARY FUNCTIONS:

  • Assumes responsibility, and represents the Cutter, Draper or Tailor when needed
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned

 

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
E-mail required job application, cover letter and résumé with salary requirements directly to employment@sfopera.com or fax to (415) 634-0203.  No phone calls please. San Francisco Opera only retains résumés that are sent in response to specific, posted job openings.

 

Qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records will be considered for this position in accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY OF STAFF

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