Duration: Approximately May 14 – July 15, 2018

The Design Assistant is a seasonal student position within the production team of the Freewill Shakespeare Festival.  This position serves as an assistant to the Costume Designer during the build phase of the Festival, as well as any necessary dressing of the cast during the run of  both productions from Dress Rehearsal until Strike.

The Design Assistant reports directly to the Head of Wardrobe and Costume Designer. During the Festival, the Design Assistant will:

 Education – As a student position, the Design Assistant is responsible for furthering their education in the field of Theatrical Costuming. The Assistant must take advantage of all opportunities presented in this regard.

 Shop Assistant – The Design Assistant is responsible for daily tasks in the wardrobe shop as assigned by the Head of Wardrobe.

 Wardrobe Running – The Design Assistant is the member of the running crew for the Festival responsible for the care and maintenance of all costume pieces involved with the productions as well as any necessary dressing of the cast.

The Design Assistant, under the Head of Wardrobe, works to implement the designs of the Costume Designer, to meet the requirements expressed by the Director(s). To do this, they may need to engage the assistance or advice of the following people:

During the build period, the Design Assistant’s time is scheduled by the Head of Wardrobe, typically 40 hours per week. During the running period, the Design Assistant’s time is scheduled by the Head of Wardrobe and the Stage Management Team. The duration of employment is set prior to work commencing and indicated on the Design Assistant Hiring Advice, to be signed by the employee.

The weekly rate of pay is $544.00 for a period of ten weeks, with personal vehicle expenses compensated at 0.45 cents/km.

The Design Assistant requires skills with a costuming background. As a minimum, the position requires the following:

 Must be returning to full-time post-secondary studies in fall 2018.

 A good working knowledge of theatrical production hierarchy and etiquette.

 Prior knowledge of costume construction and repair.

 Knowledge of laundry techniques and costume care.

Knowledge in the following areas is an asset:

 Textiles

 Historical Style and Fashion

 Millinery

 Cobbling

 Stitching

 Cutting

 Pattern Drafting

 Dyeing

 Basic Computer Skills

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to Christy  Hutchinson, Head of Wardrobe at theatregarage@gmail.com