Head of Women’s Costume

Royal Shakespeare Company

What can you receive?
£45 - £50k pro rata


2 December 2023

Do you have experience managing a busy costume workshop? Are you an experienced womenswear cutter, familiar with a variety of periods? Do you have excellent knowledge of advanced construction techniques? Do you want to work in a modern, purpose-built Costume Workshop?

We are looking for an experienced Head of Women’s Costume to join us on a full-time, permanent basis, in our recently developed, state of the art Costume Workshops, in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon.

This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of a unique and specialist team, where costumes for all RSC shows are produced by working in conjunction with the designers to realise their ideas. You will be required to supervise and manage the workload and team of the Women’s Costume workroom.

Reporting to the Head of Costume, some of your duties and responsibilities will include (please see the job description and person specification for the full list):

  • To manage the day to day running of the workroom in accordance with current procedures and RSC policy
  • To cut and interpret patterns from designers’ drawings using advanced construction techniques.
  • To supervise the additional cutting and construction of costumes within the workroom.
  • To devise methods of construction and instruct team members.
  • To plan workload in association with the Head of Costume.
  • To allocate work within the workroom ensuring that work is achieved to the desired standard and when necessary, make recommendations for improvements.
  • To consult with the Head of Costume, Designers and Costume Supervisors on production needs and discuss with them any issues arising out of the production process.
  • To advise the Head of Costume, Designers and Costume Supervisors on the viability of design and to produce estimates of labour, as required.
  • To assist with the making of costume requirements, using advanced construction techniques.
  • To assist in the selection of materials and in the calculation of quantities.

We are looking for someone with the following skills and experience:

  • Proven experience in a similar role at a similar professional level.
  • Proven experience of managing a workshop team at a similar professional level.
  • A comprehensive and advanced knowledge of costume and period.
  • Substantial experience in managing theatre costume needs.
  • Ability to lead on and work to production related standards and objectives.
  • Excellent team leadership and supervisory skills.

This is a full-time, permanent position and you will be based at our Costume Workshops, in Stratford-upon-Avon, where the working hours will be 44 hours per week, typically Monday to Friday, some Saturdays and occasional Sundays.

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