Wardrobe and Make Up Supervisor
We are looking for a Wardrobe and Make Up Supervisor to work alongside the team of theatre professionals to provide at least 10 fully costumed productions within the academic year as part of a fully programmed season.
We are looking for someone to effectively deliver the artistic and creative teams’ vision to the stage, working in collaboration with directors, colleagues and students, working on a wide range of plays and styles, a variety of performance spaces. They will have the ability to lead, develop and enthuse a team of students, to remain calm and focused under pressure, to meet deadlines and have flair and a creative approach to costume and make-up design is essential.
Due to the needs of the school and the department, we may interview suitable candidates before the closing date. This job may also close early if a large number of applications are received. You are advised to submit your application as early as possible to avoid missing your chance to apply.
- Consult with directors and oversee all costume and make-up for the theatre;
- Read plays and design costume, wig and make-up plots;
- Plan, organise, and lead the student led wardrobe and make-up team for productions;
- Ensure the historical and contextual accuracy of costumes, make-up and wigs for each production;
- Arrange for students to be measured and fitted for costumes and hair pieces;
- Select costumes from stock;
- Make new costumes as required and undertake costume alterations as necessary;
- Purchase/hire appropriate costumes, make-up and wigs and accessories for productions and stock;
- Develop a strategy to list, maintain and assess theatre’s stock of costumes, make-up and wigs;
- Attend technical and dress rehearsals when required and make final adjustments for costumes, make-up and wigs;
- Make up cast before shows;
- Effectively manage students in wardrobe, dressing rooms and make-up room;
- Keep a high standard of housekeeping within wardrobe and make-up;
- Check returned costumes from all productions;
- Sort and clear up costumes, make-up and wigs after shows;
- Wash, iron, repair and rehang costumes;
- Ensure the wardrobe/make-up department delivers to deadline and on budget in all projects;
- Manage the departmental budget;
- Travel to/visit external costume hire establishments to choose costumes and make-up for productions;
- Manage relationships with suppliers ensuring best value procurement and strict delivery schedules;
- Develop and expand the student wardrobe & make-up department in consultation with the Director of Drama/Production Manager;
- Stay abreast of developments in make-up techniques;
- Maintain excellent working relationships with all staff across the theatre;
- Supporting the Head of Theatre Studies in a non-teaching capacity in the delivery of the academic programme;
- Offer pastoral support for any student teams you work with;
- Provide opportunities for students to upskill in wardrobe, wigs and make-up
- Undertake any other duties requested by the Director of Drama/Production Manager necessary for the smooth running of the wardrobe and make-up department;
- Commitment and promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion;
- All positions at Eton are classed as ‘regulated activity’ as per the Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 guidance, therefore a good understanding of safeguarding procedures is essential;
- Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including by not limited to, completing safeguarding training as required, and ensuring any safeguarding updates issued by the College are read and understood;
- Understand and comply with procedures and legislation relating to confidentiality.
The Ideal Candidate
To be successful in this role, you will need to be able to demonstrate the following:
- Relevant hands-on professional theatre experience in a wardrobe department with a creative and stimulating approach to costume design;
- The ability to work under pressure and within a small but dedicated team;
- Proficient sewing/alteration skills for making/altering costumes;
- A working knowledge of sewing machines, over lockers and laundry equipment;
- Relevant dressing experience;
- Full, clean UK driving licence;
- Ability to organise and prioritise workload;
- Good communication skills – students, staff, volunteers & external organisations;
- Be able to come up with new ways of doing things;
- A willingness to learn;
- Self-motivated and able to take the initiative whilst working within the parameters of the production;
- Attention to detail;
- Experience and an understanding of modern theatre production techniques;
- Good IT skills including use of emails, Word and Microsoft Excel.
- The full-time appointment provides cover for a total of approximately 40 hours per week during term-time plus 3 days before the start of each term.
- Typical hours of work will be 09.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday. However, flexible hours will be needed to fulfil the requirements of the post to include evening and all-day weekend work (agreed in advance). For example, during production week you would be expected to work 11.30am – 8.30pm (3 days/week) and until 11.00pm (2 days/week) and on a Saturday/Sunday 5.00pm to 8.30pm. Approximately 200 hours are included in the salary to cover these additional hours.
- You will also be required to conduct some preparatory work over some of the school holidays. You will not be required to be onsite for these hours. Approximately 69 hours are included in your annual salary to cover these additional hours.
Eton College offers a wide range of benefits, including; an 11% employer contribution to your pension (with 4.9% employee contribution), Employee Assistance Programme, enhanced Maternity / Paternity scheme (where applicable), free eyecare vouchers, a cycle to work scheme, subsidised lunches during term time, free access to the College’s sport and leisure facilities and discount at local retailers and businesses.
About the College
We are an equal opportunities employer and are seeking applications from suitable candidates from all backgrounds. We are dedicated to creating and sustaining an environment that values individuality and difference and celebrates the diversity of both staff and pupils by fostering perseverance, tolerance and integrity. We believe in equal opportunity for everyone, irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.
If you have any queries about the application process or any problem with submitting your application online, the Recruitment Team will be happy to help. Should you require any reasonable adjustments to be made or facilities provided to enable you to apply online, please do not hesitate to contact us on email@example.com so we can make adjustments accordingly.
Eton College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including reference checks with past employers, an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service and, where applicable, a Barred List, Prohibition and EEA checks. If you are successful in your application, you will be required to complete a DBS Disclosure Application Form. Any information disclosed will be handled in accordance with any guidance and/or Code of Practice published by the DBS. The College is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore all convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings (including those which would normally be considered as “spent” under the Act) must be declared, subject to the DBS filtering rules. It is a criminal offence for any person who is barred from working with children to attempt to apply for a position at the College.