Costume Assistants

The ISC's Costume Department is a hugely important part of our company's success, and we're always looking for people to help out. Whether you can sew or not, there are a variety of ways that organized, helpful, and reliable people can become an integral part of our costume crew.

Here are some of the positions we are always looking to fill:

If you don't sew:

  1. Volunteer coordinator: get kits to and from builders; keep track of volunteers and hand out tasks
  2. Buying and finding: get materials in town and from the web; bargain hunters please apply
  3. Transport: moving things and people to and from the site and the workshop
  4. Sorting and organizing: finding items in storage, fitting and identifying what's missing
  5. Cleaning and pressing: before and between shows
  6. Wardrobe Mistress and Dresser: is present during shows with extra costumes and to do EMS with safety pins; extreme sewing help is six minutes away. Is a dresser for principals during quick changes. Collects laundry and cleans for next performance or takes it to the cleaning volunteer.

If you do sew:

  1. Assistant to the Designer for each show: assume all KINDS of duties and know everything. Needs stamina and dedication.
  2. Cutters: prepare kits for sewers. (Requires skill to cut for someone else to build!)
  3. Sewers: Experienced, intermediate, beginner. Everyone works at a very comfortable comfort level and completes only those parts of a build that they enjoy (for example, "I can sew straight seams, but I'll pass it on to someone else to do zippers or grommets"). Promptness is central: it's fine to just do a little, but turn it around right away.
  4. Fitting and alterations: this is a separate skill area. People with this experience are golden. Let me know if you want to learn.
  5. Wardrobe Mistress and Dresser: is present during shows with extra costumes and to do EMS with safety pins and hand sewing; extreme sewing help is six minutes away. Is a dresser for principals during quick changes. Collects laundry and cleans for next performance or takes it to the cleaning volunteer.

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact our Costume Designer, Lauren Cowdery.

Outdoor Shakespeare is an exciting and unmatchable experience, so come be a part of it, and help us do what we do even better!