JOB OPPORTUNITY: Costume Shop and Wardrobe Supervisor

Title:                     Costume Shop and Wardrobe Supervisor

Reports to:           Artistic Director

Supervises:           Volunteer and Contracted Costume Shop Personnel

General Purpose: To support the mission and vision of 6th Street Playhouse by overseeing all day to day Costume Shop & Wardrobe activities including personnel, equipment, supplies, inventory, maintenance of workroom and costume storage areas, supporting all Playhouse productions, and authorizing local costume rentals.

The Costume Shop & Wardrobe Supervisor, assisted by the Artistic Director as needed, works to establish and maintain expense budgets; supervise designers; supervise hired and/or volunteer costume shop personnel, including makeup and wig contractors. The Costume Shop & Wardrobe Supervisor is also responsible for overseeing all wardrobe needs at the theater for all rehearsals and performances, including repairs, laundering of costumes, scheduling of dry cleaning, and strike and restock of in-house costumes/return of rentals.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Interviews, aides in hiring/securing volunteers, and supervises personnel of costume shop
  • Supervises all Costume Shop, Wardrobe, and wig and makeup personnel
  • Attends fittings when possible to ensure consistency and construction standards
  • Manages day to day expenses of costume shop
  • Works directly with Costume Designers to balance budget necessities and design integrity
  • Attends all dress rehearsals
  • Communicates with Production Stage Manager regarding fittings, rehearsal needs, and performer requests
  • Collaborates with Production Stage Manager on backstage layout, and coordinates all backstage costume activities
  • Maintains a positive and communicative atmosphere in the Costume Shop and mediates any conflicts among personnel or with designers
  • Coordinates shopping for all locally purchased production specific costume items, as needed by the production/designers
  • Manages and invoices all local and individual costume rentals
  • Drapes, patterns, sews and designs, as required by the needs of the production/designers

Personal Characteristics

The Costume Shop and Wardrobe Supervisor should possess some or all of the following qualities:

  • Creative Networking: Develop new and unique relationships with other costumers/costume shops that will support the productions of 6th Street Playhouse, insuring that that artistic standards of our productions are of the highest quality;
  • Ethical: Understand ethical behavior and business practices and ensure individual behavior is consistent with these standards and the values of 6th Street Playhouse.
  • Relationship Builder: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally;
  • Communicator: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  • Team Player: Work cooperatively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance our effectiveness;
  • Organized: Determine strategies, set priorities, develop a work schedule and monitor progress towards goals and staying within costume production budgets.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience;
  • Knowledge and experience in costume construction, use of sewing machines, and hand stitching techniques;
  • Familiar with performing arts production deadlines, schedules and timeframes;
  • Proficiency in the use of computer software, including word processing, databases, spreadsheets, E-mail and internet;

Experience

  • Minimum of two years costuming/clothing construction experience is required, preferably with a performing arts organization.

The Costume Shop and Wardrobe Supervisor is a part-time, Independent Contractor position. Though it is expected that most of the work will be performed in the Costume Shop, regular meetings with the Artistic Director (and others) at the 6th Street Playhouse will be necessary. The monthly payment amount is $500.00 for an average workweek estimated to be approximately 10-20 hours.

For consideration, please mail, email or fax cover letter and resume – by September 30, 2012 – to:

Craig A. Miller, Artistic Director

6th Street Playhouse

52 W. 6th Street

Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Fax (707) 523-3544.   Email: craig@6thstreetplayhouse.com          (no phone calls, please)

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1st Laugh Local Funny Fest at 6th Street Playhouse, Sept. 29

If you love to LOL, you won’t want to miss this hilarious event at the 6th Street Playhouse! Stand-up comedy, lightening-fast improv and musical comedy – all local!

What: 1st Laugh Local Funny Fest

Where: 6th Street Playhouse GK Hardt Theatre – 52 West 6th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

When: Saturday, September 29th at 8:00 pm

6th Street Improv kicks off their new season at the 6th Street Playhouse with an extraordinary evening of local comic talent on September 29th.  The Playhouse’s resident comedy improv troupe will be joined by special guests stand up comic Dave Pokorny, comedy improvisors The World’s Biggest Comedy Duo (with way more than two members!), and the dynamic duo Sandy & Richard Riccardi, whose original musical comedy cabaret songs have earned them a national reputation.  Join us for an amazing evening of clever wit, outrageous shenanigans, and political satire, which will have you laughing and loving the fact that you can have so much fun for only $14!

Tickets: $14 adults/ $10 Students (Some of this material may be rated approximately PG-13, so the show may not be appropriate for younger children.)

For more information on 6th Street Playhouse Improv, check out our website!

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There’s Still Time to Register for School of Drama Classes!

School of Drama • 2012-2013

Here’s just a small sample of the wonderful classes 6th Street Playhouse offers for children, teens and adults. Enrollments are now being accepted.

SCENE STUDY  (Ages 18+)                                      Mondays:  6:30pm-9pm

September 10-November 12                                                       Tuition: $250

Instructor: Charles Siebert        

Charles Siebert’s distinguished career includes numerous stage, film and television appearances. Perhaps best known to television audiences as Dr. Stanley Riverside for eight seasons on Trapper John, MD, Charles most recently appeared as ‘Big Daddy’ in the Playhouse production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. During this ten-week course, he will guide students in the use of  acting techniques espoused by history’s master acting teachers, including Stanislavsky, Uta Hagen and Stella Adler.

******************************************************YOUTH WINTER PRODUCTION (Ages 8-16)

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: The Musical      Instructor: Shari Hopkinson

Rehearsals: October 1-December 15                                           Tuition: $500

Performances: December 16 & 17 at 7pm
This is an all-student, fully-produced, abbreviated version of the beloved holiday classic musical, directed by Shari Hopkinson who staged last year’s delightful youth production of A Christmas Story.

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In addition to the above courses, we offer acting and musical theatre classes for children and teens, improvisation and auditioning master classes for adults, a playwright’s forum, Acting for Baby Boomers and Beyond, and much, much more!

For more information and to register, call (707)523-4185 or visit our website at www.6thstreetplayhouse.com/education

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Strut your Smarts at the First Annual Sonoma County Great Trivia Challenge!

The Santa Rosa Symphony League and 6th Street Playhouse invite you to the


Friday, October 19, 2012 @ 6pm

Agatha Furth Center
8400 Old Redwood Highway, Windsor, CA

For Tickets call Box Office (707) 523-4185

$25 in advance/$30 at the door
To register a team: visit
www.triviasonoma.com

Proceeds benefit the education programs of the Santa Rosa Symphony and The Playhouse School of Drama

Prizes for the Best Team Costume!   Award for “ Weirdest Team Name” !

Enter to win the 50/50 $ Cash Prize!   Be the envy of your smart-alecky friends!

GRAND PRIZE -Winning Team takes home the “one of a kind” “Sonoma Brainiac”TM Trophy

Enjoy a lasagna dinner, no-host bar, and an evening of old-fashioned community fun!

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Season Opening Note by 6th Street Playhouse Artistic Director, Craig A. Miller

Dear Playhouse Patrons and Friends –

It seems only yesterday we were announcing the new 2012-2013 Season of plays and

Craig A Miller, Artistic Director 6th Street Playhouse

musicals being offered here at 6th Street Playhouse, and here we are already past the opening of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in the G. K. Hardt Theatre, and heading into technical and dress rehearsals for next week’s opening of The Great American Trailer Park Musical in the Studio Theatre!  Time really does fly when we are having so much fun around the Playhouse.  And, that is exactly what you will be having as well if you join us at the top of our season for either one of these great musicals.

I have been enamored with Seven Brides since I was nineteen years old, which was when I played one of the seven brothers in a summer stock production in 1993.  It was the first time that I ever got paid for being an actor in a production, which any actor can tell you is a landmark event in their career!  I went on to have an opportunity to direct Seven Brides for a high school in 2000, and now here I am again producing this great show in 2012 as our season opener.  One of our missions here at 6th Street is to delight our audiences, and that is exactly what Seven Brides has to offer – it is absolutely delightful from top to bottom, embracing all of the splendor and romp of the raucous 1954 MGM movie classic.  Director, Patrick Varner offers us a cast of twenty-eight colorful and larger-than-life characters, beautiful and jubilant dance choreography by Alexandra Cummins, and a fight scene or two – it is the perfect way to open the season!

Next up in the Studio Theatre is The Great American Trailer Park Musical, which boldly embraces every whacky and silly stereotype of the trailer park life in the good ole’ U.S. of A.  Adorned with plastic pink flamingos, empty PBR cans, an assortment of “lawn furniture,” and three full-sized trailers – the stage in the Studio Theatre is set for some irreverent, trash-talkin’ fun for all.  The story is set in and around Armadillo Acres – a “manufactured housing community” in Starke, Florida – where an on-the-run stripper, named Pippi, shows up to lay low from a maniacal boyfriend, and in the process wreaks hurricane-like-havoc on the trailer park and its residents!    Featuring a cast of seven talented Playhouse favorites, the play is being served up in true trailer park style by Director Barry Martin, Choreographer Alise Girard, and Music Director Lucas Sherman and his four-piece rock band.

We hope that you will join us for both of these great shows, and celebrate the opening of our new season.  Thank you for your patronage and support!

See you at the Playhouse!

Craig A. Miller, Artistic Director

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Mostly Monty Benefit for the Playhouse!

The Toad in the Hole, Santa Rosa’s only truly British pub has asked 6th Street Playhouse to team up for their fourth annual Mostly Python street extravaganza. Join us on 5th Street, closed off between Wilson and Davis, as some of your favorite 6th Street performers take to the stage in your favorite Monty Python sketches and scenes for the Flying Circus and The Holy Grail! It is FREE thanks to a long-time grant made by the Arts Council of Sonoma County! There will be wonderful brews, wines, and food a-plenty, not to mention an afternoon of live music by some of the best Sonoma County bands – AND BEST OF ALL – IT BENEFITS THE PLAYHOUSE!

Cost: FREE

Date & Time: Sunday, August 5th from 12 noon – 6pm

Where: The Toad in the Hole on 5th Street, between Wilson and Davis in Historic Railroad Square

For More Information visit thetoadpub.com.

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Gutenberg! The Musical! in The Press Democrat

This weekend is the last chance to catch this funny high-energy new musical at the 6th Street Playhouse.  Click Here to read a Press Democrat story with the fascinating story behind Gutenberg! The Musical!  and then get yourself to the Playhouse so you don’t miss it!

Gutenberg! The Musical! plays at 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, through July 22 at 6th Street Playhouse, 52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa. Tickets are $20. Call 523-4185 or go to 6thstreetplayhouse.com.

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Gutenberg! The Musical!: A Delight at 6th Street Playhouse

This fresh new two-actor musical by Scott Brown and Anthony King delighted the audience opening night with energetic, chimeric performances by Trevor Hoffman and Nick Herman.  The two actors play numerous roles (including  speaking directly to the audience as two hopeful Broadway-bound playwright/performers seeking a backer) in a comedic look at how the printing press might have been invented and all the drama the event creates in the lives of Johannes Gutenberg, it’s inventor, and his sweetheart, Helvetica, who is tempted to thwart Gutenberg’s dreams to teach the world to read by the evil Monk.  The performers were clearly having a great time and the audience enjoyed watching Hoffman and Herman play off each other harmonizing in jokey songs, pulling out silly, clever props, and even creating touching moments at times.

Gutenberg! The Musical! plays through July 22 in The Studio Theatre. For tickets, Click Here or Call (707) 523-4185.

 

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Award-Winning Pinky Comes to the Playhouse

Starring Liz Jahren and David Templeton

Pinky won the Stage One Theater Arts award for Best New Play!

Don’t miss  your chance to see this wonderful new play by local playwright and performer, David Templeton (also known as  theatre critic for The Bohemian and KSRO radio).  David Templeton performs with the highly acclaimed actress Liz Jahren (Always Patsy Cline, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf) in this sweet, funny look at teen romance and adventure. As the grown-up David and Pinky  take turns telling their version of what happened years ago, the play swings back and forth in time, with the actors morphing into their younger selves and those of their nerdy Dungeon and Dragon playing companions. Inspired by actual events, Pinky is essentially fictional, yet profound and moving, a wildly funny romp through the minefields of teenage love and friendship.

“Pinky is a pleasure trip that packs a rock-solid punch. It catches you completely off-guard and smacks you right between the eyes even as you’re doubled over laughing. It challenges our expectations about life and love, realistic or otherwise. This is one profoundly moving show, one you just can’t stop thinking about.” Suzanne Angeo, For All Events

Pinky plays July 27 – August in the 6th Street Playhouse Studio Theatre. For tickets, Click Here or Call (707) 523-4185.

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Short Play Festival Interview

The Redwood Writers, a branch of the California Writers Club, just named nine winning playwrights for their Annual 10-Minute Play Contest.

Teaming up this year with 6th Street Playhouse, the Redwood Writers will present all nine winning plays; a panel discussion with the winning playwrights; and a Master Playwright Workshop during a three-day festival presented July 29 to July 1 at the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa.

Want to find out more about the plays themselves?

Just click the link below to listen to an interview conducted by David Wesley Page on KSRO FM featuring director Lennie Dean and winning playwright Amanda McTigue. (It may take a minute or two to upload, depending upon your connection.)

Redwood Writers 10 Minute Play Fest KSRO

The winning plays and playwrights include: Special Delivery by Malena Eljumaily; There There, Now by Nancy Lockard Gallop; Gravediggers by Gene Griffith; Answer Me Now by Teresa LeYung-Ryan; The Play Is the Thang by Elaine Maikovska; Turn The Other by Amanda McTigue; GPS by Harry Reid; Dream Girl by Elizabeth VanPatten; and BFF by Jean Wong.

  • June 29 – 8:00 PM
  • June 30 – 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
  • July 1 – 2:00 PM   SOLD OUT

6th Street Playhouse – Studio Theatre
All Tickets: $16.00 (no discounts)

Click Here to Purchase Tickets or call (707) 523-4185.

 

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