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Stitcher / Wardrobe Alternate
Princeton, NJ
McCarter Theatre Center
Full Time
Posted May 12, 2022
POSITION: Stitcher / Wardrobe Alternate
DEPARTMENT: Production / Costumes & Wardrobe
REPORTS TO: Costume Supervisor
CLASSIFICATION: Full Time, Seasonal (Aug – June), Non-Exempt
BASE PAY: $1,000 weekly
BENEFITS INCLUDE: Medical, vision, and dental insurance, flexible spending accounts, paid vacation, sick and personal time, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, and a 403 (b) retirement plan
START DATE: August 15, 2022 ideal, but flexible

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist the draper(s) and first hand(s) as needed, including help with stitching and fabric cutting.
• Work on costume builds, alterations, and costume crafts as assigned.
• Pull items from stock and prepare rehearsal costume pieces as requested.
• Attend costume fittings, taking notes and assisting, as requested.
• Assist with costume load-in and dressing room set up prior to technical rehearsals.
• Attend technical rehearsals and complete notes as scheduled and/or assigned.
• Provide wardrobe support for Presented Events and Produced shows, working evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.
• Provide all needed dressing & preparation assistance to the actors during the run of a production and when costumes are used in rehearsal as assigned.
• Help maintain the condition of all costume pieces, preserving their designed appearance.
• Assist with laundry and dry cleaning as needed during and at the end of the run.
• Assist with hair, wigs, and makeup needs as assigned.
• Help to return all costumes pieces to the Costume Shop at the end of the run.
• Maintain organization and cleanliness in the costume shop, costume stock, storage spaces, wardrobe rooms, dressing rooms, and laundry areas.
• Adhere to safe working practices and follow all McCarter safety policies.
• Participate in the work to make McCarter an anti-racist theater. Actively seek ways to improve our work practices to make the Production Department more Equitable and Inclusive.


• Knowledge of, and experience in, hand and machine sewing.
• Working knowledge of costume industry machinery, including sewing machines, irons, and cutting tools.
• Excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills.
• Experience on wardrobe running crews.
• Knowledge of and experience in laundry, dry cleaning, spot removal, etc.
• Ability to work in full view of the audience (i.e. a vista scene shifts and costume changes).
• Ability to lift, push, or maneuver at least 40 lbs., either alone or with assistance from others.
• Able to work in a positive manner as a team with other full and part-time staff members.
• Willingness to learn new methods of construction, skills, and equipment.
• Willingness to learn new ways of working that foster an anti-racist and employee-first environment in the costume shop and production department.
• Willingness and ability to work 40 or more hours per week, sometimes on a flexible schedule (nights, weekends, and some holidays).

How To Apply

We encourage all candidates to apply, even if they do not currently meet all qualifications. We know there are great candidates who may not have all of the qualifications listed above but possess intuitive knowledge or other fully transferable skills. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. McCarter is committed to on the job training and mentorship. We also encourage candidates who do not live within commuting distance to apply. We are eager to tell you about the area, which includes many communities and towns outside of Princeton, and will discuss what it would mean for you to relocate. If you are interested in supporting McCarter’s artistic vision, we would love to hear from you. Please email with “Stitcher” in the subject line to introduce yourself. Please let us know your skills and any applicable work experience. You do not need to submit a formal resume, although they are welcome. Please also mention where you heard about the position.