Costume First Hand

Costume First Hand

The Hippodrome Theatre is looking to hire a Costume First Hand. The First Hand works as part of the costume shop team and assists with costume build, including draping/flat patterning, cutting and stitching.
This is a full-time, hourly position. Health insurance contribution, vacation and sick leave. Retirement contribution. $15 per hour non-exempt.
Starting September 2023 
Please send your resume with a cover letter to Bob Robins

Essential Position Functions:

  • Work directly with costume designer and costume shop supervisor to assist with costume build, including draping/flat patterning, cutting and stitching
  • Prep for and assist costume designer with fittings, including note taking
  • Assist in delegating stitching work to the costume shop intern
  • Assist with maintaining costume stock, including pulling and restocking garments


  • Experience with draping and flat patterning, and working with draped and commercial patterns
  • Knowledge of theatrical cutting and construction techniques
  • Intermediate to advanced stitching ability
  • Experience with domestic and industrial sewing machines
  • Undergraduate degree in theatre or equivalent experience
  • Excellent organizational and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize projects and manage time effectively
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends during tech process
  • Knowledge of standard workflow through costume shop and standard tech schedule
  • A valid driver’s license and personal vehicle

Preferred abilities:

  • Experience with wig styling, maintenance and application
  • Experience with costume crafts, such as dyeing and distressing
  • Experience with tailoring techniques