Interim Assistant Costume Shop Manager
GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION: The Assistant Costume Shop Manager is responsible for assisting the Costume Shop manager in organizing and leading the Costume Department in the making of costumes for all KCRep productions. They will also serve as the liaison between costume designers and the theatre. Position is responsible for assisting in the coordinating, planning, maintaining and implementing all of the costume and wardrobe needs for all KCRep productions.
Principle Duties and Responsibilities:
- Assist in managing the Costume Department by analyzing the costume designs to determine the
procurement, creation, building, and maintaining of any rehearsal and show costumes
- Meet with designers, directors, and stage managers, as needed, to translate information from Costume
- Develop clear understanding of each production design and look to ensure proper finish of all pieces
- Research period and style of designs to assist designers in accumulating all necessary goods for the
- Assist in the creation of a Wardrobe plot in conjunction with Costume Shop Manager and Wardrobe
- Attend all Production Meetings, Technical Rehearsals, Load-in, and Strikes as needed.
- Assist the Costume Shop Manager to develop and manage department budgets to ensure effective
utilization of financial resources
- Assist the Costume Shop Manager to manage Costume stock, shop, and common areas to ensure safety
- Assist in the communication and coordination of the Costume Rental Manager and Cave inventory
- Assist the Costume Shop Manager in the delegation, coordination, and integration of the UMKC
Conservatory Department of Theatre costume students
- Supplement in the basic construction of costumes as assigned by the Costume Shop Manager
- Abide by all Kansas City Repertory Theatre policies and procedures
- Minimum 2 years of experience in costume shop management at a professional performing arts
company or related field.
- Experience in managing crews as well as experience in costume history, costume construction, and
costume care techniques
- Professional costuming experience at all levels is desirable: sewing, crafts, wardrobe, shopping, design,
- Experience with standard costuming tools and equipment, including: power sewing machines, steam
generator iron system, and laundry machines
- Attention to detail, accountable and deadline oriented
- Reliable transportation and valid drivers license
- Ability to determine and maintain costume production quality standards
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
- Strong interpersonal, communication, and supervisory skills
- Capacity to solve problems and engage in creative thinking about challenges; Ability to brainstorm
ideas in a group setting.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast paced, rapidly changing environment.
- Ability to lift 20 pounds.
- Ability to be on feet for long periods of time, work nights, and work weekends
- Good daytime and night time vision.
Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and resume to: Daniel R. Earnest, Production Manager at EarnestD@kcrep.org
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Kansas City Repertory Theatre (KCRep) invites applications and referrals for the position of Director of Marketing and Communications.
The Director of Marketing and Communications is a member of the senior management team, reporting to the Executive Director. The Director develops and implements all marketing and communications strategies, with the goal of increasing ticket sales and attendance for all KCRep shows and events and delivering a positive brand experience that earns support for the KCRep mission. The Director works in conjunction with other members of the KCRep team to plan the theatre season and develop program offerings.
- Direct the day-to-day operations of the marketing staff in service of the overall institutional needs of KCRep, including development and education activities, to help create a dynamic public image for the organization.
- Develop and implement all marketing and communications activities, including media relations, publications and advertising to support KCRep‘s strategic mission and long-range plan to increase awareness, ticket sales and attendance at KCRep events and concerts.
- Administer a strategically driven subscription, group, and single ticket sales program to meet institutional needs for earned revenue and attendance, using direct mail, social media, email marketing, digital, print, radio and TV advertising, e-commerce, PR, special events/receptions, and promotions.
- Oversee brand development and assure consistent implementation is all areas with input of KCRep constituencies, management team and orchestra leadership.
- Oversee KCRep’s digital advancement program including website and e-commerce, advertising, social media, and permission marketing.
- Prepare and maintain operating budgets for marketing and communications activities, and develop revenue and expense budgets. Work with the Director of Finance on budget assumptions, documentation, and analysis. Prepare financial forecasts and reports.
- Create and implement patron loyalty and retention initiatives.
- Oversee the timely development and production of all marketing and promotional materials for subscription renewal and acquisition campaigns, individual concerts, tours, educational and community activities and other KCRep events.
- Cultivate relationships with members of the news media locally, nationally and internationally; and developing and execute media and PR plans.
- Supervise negotiation and maintain contact with outside vendors for direct mail, design and printing services; advertising, etc., to ensure competitive pricing and the quality of their work.
- Represent the KCRep to constituencies such as the Kansas City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Collaborate with other cultural and community organizations in arts advocacy support.
- Develop a robust research program on marketing trends and best practices.
Attributes and Qualifications
The ideal Director of Marketing is an outgoing and confident leader and collaborator. (S) is a natural strategic planner who activates the latest best practices and innovations in performing arts marketing. (S)he relies heavily on data to drive decision-making. (S)he has the capacity to contribute a marketing-driven perspective to programming conversations. (S)he demonstrates a strong aesthetic sensibility, creative vision, and a genuine interest in trying new methods and approaches. The Director is a creative, inclusive, and appropriately risk-tolerant leader who inspires a dedicated staff that produces high-quality work in a complex, fast-paced environment. The director cultivates a culture of hard work, mutual respect and ongoing learning. (S)he is an enthusiastic advocate for the Kansas City community.
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
- Passion for and deep knowledge of theatre
- Bachelor’s degree in marketing, advertising, business, arts administration or related field, or equivalent experience
- At least three years of experience managing, mentoring, and motivating a staff in a team-oriented environment
- Experience with event sales, ticketing, pricing, and inventory management, preferably in the performing arts
- Experience creating and executing successful integrated, multi-channel sales and marketing campaigns
- Strong knowledge of and commitment to audience development and retention
- Success building a digital and social media program
- Demonstrable commitment to database and market research, including analysis and interpretation of data for ongoing optimization of marketing plans
- Demonstrable experience with institutional and product brand development and activation
- Understanding of patron services principles and a genuine commitment to serving diverse populations
- Well-honed PR and communications capabilities
- Track record of accurate financial management and reporting
- Strong project management experience, preferably using project management software
- Excellent computer skills and knowledge of ticketing software (Tessitura is a plus), Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.
- Impeccable written and verbal communication skills
The salary is competitive with other organizations of comparable size and stature, and commensurate with the appointee’s qualifications and experience. A comprehensive benefits package is provided that includes medical, dental, long-term disability, life insurance, supplemental insurance and 401(k) retirement plan with employer match.
Robert Sweibel Arts & Culture Consulting is conducting this search on behalf of KCRep. Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, resume, list of at least three references (name, email, phone number, and relationship), and salary requirements, electronically and in confidence, to:
Robert Sweibel Arts & Culture Consulting
350 Cabrini Blvd, 6J
New York, NY 10040
A review of prospective candidates will commence immediately, and continue until the position is filled. Candidates of interest will be contacted. We regret that we’re unable to follow up with every candidate. No phone calls, please.
Additional Career Information
Career Opportunities at KCRep are also posted to local, regional and national job boards. KCRep is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to supporting diversity and equal opportunity in the workplace.