SFOpera - Costume Production Supervisor

Costume Production Supervisor

DEFINITION:  Responsible for the coordination and costume presentation of assigned operas, from conception to the final performance, to include budgetary considerations.

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: Any Combination of education and experience providing the required skill and knowledge for successful performance would be qualifying. Typical qualifications would be equivalent to:

  • 2 years’ experience as a Design Assistant with construction and production backgrounds.
  • 1 year as head of Wardrobe with a background in production.
  • 1 year as a shop manager in a small producing theater.


  • Knowledge of fabrics and fibers; principles and practices of construction of stage costumes; period costume styles and silhouettes, and practices and principles of costume design.
  • Ability to work with creative teams and performers using creative judgment to satisfy their concepts.
  • Ability to work long hours adapting to a flexible schedule and carry projects to completion under deadlines maintaining a high quality and attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to work independently; prioritize tasks; and exercise good judgment and initiative.
  • Ability to manage multiple, competing priorities successfully.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to interact with artists, staff, the public, and volunteers in an effective, professional, confidential, and tactful manner.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Must perform the functions of the position in a safe manner.


  • Works with creative teams and performers, independently utilizing their creative ability and artistic judgment to achieve a successful interpretation of designs for new productions while maintaining the artistic integrity of previously mounted productions.
  • Consults with and updates the Costume Director and keeps him/her informed of all stages of production.
  • Organizes and manages all information and documentation applicable to assigned productions, including insuring bibles and other documentation are kept up to date.
  • Works with Designers and Costume Director to achieve the creation of the designer’s concept, establishing high technical standards while keeping within budgetary restrictions.
  • Shops for supplies and fabrics including ordering, receiving, and distributing materials, all within budgetary restraints.
  • Provides supporting documentation and information to all Cutter/Drapers, Craftspersons, Milliners and other appropriate staff members as to the requirements of the productions.
  • Attends all fittings, recording and documenting all decisions, and provides input to ensure decisions being made are the best for the productions.
  • Attends dress rehearsals, working with and liaising for designers, directors, wardrobe, and artists.
  • Assembles costumes for productions being remounted, working with the Cutter/Drapers to size and assign existing costumes, and establishing a list of fit-ups and new construction.
  • Prepares accurate paperwork for the Wardrobe Department and the Production Coordinator for loading-in and -out of the theater.
  • Prepares and/or updates costume breakdowns.
  • Assists Production Coordinator with load-in and -out during the rehearsal periods.
  • Works with Production Accountant to manage all receipts, cash and credit cards in a timely and organized fashion.
  • Responsible for projects other than complete operas, such as education or student events, donor events, exhibitions, concerts, and any other projects assigned.


E-mail required cover letter, job application, and résumé to [email protected] 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.

Vaccination policy: San Francisco Opera has implemented a mandatory COVID vaccination policy, which requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID to perform work for the company or have been approved for an accommodation based on disability or sincerely held religious belief.  Within 24 hours of accepting a conditional offer of employment with SF Opera, individuals must either submit proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID or submit to the human resources department a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination policy. If proof of vaccination is not provided and a request for an exemption is either not submitted in the time frame stated or not granted, the conditional offer of employment will be null and void by its own terms as the condition will not have been fulfilled.  Individuals receiving a conditional offer of employment from SF Opera will be provided the full text of the vaccination policy.

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




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