Costume performance technician (level 3)
To support their organisation to identify costumes for short/long term performance plans and be responsible for the care, maintenance and usage of costumes, ensuring that all costume elements are at the standard of the designer’s specification.
- Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
- Typical duration
- 15 months
- Apprenticeship category
- Creative and design
- Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
- Also known as
- Costime Running Assistant
- Performance Support Technician
- Wadrobe Technician
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Link their Organisation’s strategy to current and future projects
- Produce timeline information to support long and short-term scheduling for performances
- Ensure relevant information is visually available within the wardrobe room.
- Produce and update staff contacts including emergency contacts
- Work to the requirements of the Organisation’s Data Protection Policy specifically in respect of confidentiality in relation to artists and the projects
- Comply with all Health, Safety and Security policies and procedures, including where appropriate selecting, using and wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment
- Plan for and safely move costumes as required
- Safely pack up and unpack all costumes and wardrobe equipment
- Keep all costumes and equipment tidy and secure
- Undertake and work in accordance with risk assessments appropriate for the environment
- Safely operate appropriate equipment e.g. sewing machines
- Work at height when required by the environment
- Identify performance and scheduling requirements to ensure costumes are available as required
- Attend rehearsals and meetings to assess all wardrobe requirements
- Compile dressing plots, costume descriptions and packing lists. These may be paper-based or electronic.
- Check off costumes against the costume list and set in dressing areas as required/ Setting of costumes correctly and in correct location backstage and in dressing room.
- Manage costume needs for a range of performers taking into account the needs for different individuals and their potential vulnerability in a fitting situation for example a wearer's body shape, following child protection guidelines, abilities/disabilities, sensitivities, ergonomics and safety requirements. This includes setting up and undertaking costume fittings and preparation; dress and undress performers at the start, during and at the end of events.
- Identify and communicate costume requirements using appropriate language and tact, to performers e.g. sitting and eating restrictions
- Ensure all quick costumes changes meet performance and H&S requirements and fitting etiquette.
- Manage the impact of short notice cast changes e.g. last-minute cast substitutions. This may include costume fittings and changes
- Identify external suppliers to support successful costume production and maintenance e.g. specialist dry cleaners or makers
- Identify and liaise with costume hire organisations to provide specialist costumes to meet requirements
- Receive, store and return costumes on loan ensuring compliance with loan conditions
- Ensure the correct and consistent appearance of costumes in order to meet production specifications. This will include preparing, maintaining and working to dressing notes and original designs.
- Undertake alterations and repairs to costumes and shoes, which may include hand/machine sewing, during and after performances
- Wash, iron and/or prepare costumes for dry cleaning
- Plan costume refurbishment to maintain original appearance
- Source broken/ missing items e.g. jewelry, this may include buying items
- Ensure the correct removal, packing and storage of costumes in accordance with organisation and fabric requirements
- Be aware of who will use and where the costume will be required next
- Be discrete and keep artist information confidential
- Update costume data base – keeping track of costume location, descriptions, running notes and any other relevant production related information. Maintain costume measurement sheets
- Manage wardrobe stock lists including shoes and accessories using the agreed process.
- Write and maintain clear running notes of all costumes allocated either on paper or electronically, They should include costume descriptions, costume changes, locations, pre-event notes, accessory lists and daily laundry requirements
- Provide clear communication with other relevant departments Wigs hair and make-up/ sound department to ensure correct order of process
- Show confidence, flexibility and tact when communicating with different stakeholders which may include freelance dressers, ensuring an appropriate use of language, terminology and when required, fitting etiquette.
- Maintain stock of costume and running wardrobe supplies as required.
- Manage external costume hire including payments
- Complete paperwork e.g. timesheets on time
- Follow Organisation’s financial processes for procurement of agreed good and services