Wardrobe Supervisor

Job Description for Wardrobe Supervisor


Reports To: Costume Shop Manager

Area of Responsibility: Artistic/Production

Position Summary: The Wardrobe Supervisor’s focus is to give wardrobe and dressing support to all Company, NB2, and School of Nashville Ballet dancers for all productions held at the Martin Center, TPAC, and other venues.  The Wardrobe Supervisor will secure and manage all dressers needed for all productions for the main Company, NB2, and the School of Nashville Ballet. The Wardrobe Supervisor works closely with the Costume Shop Manager, Artistic Director, and Director of Production to coordinate all wardrobe needs during each production for the main Company, NB2, and the School of Nashville Ballet.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Supervises, schedules, and organizes the wardrobe crew during prep and dress rehearsals
  • Create and maintain dressing room/backstage wardrobe supplies and load in, run, and strike shows
  • Assist performers in dressing into costumes and facilitate quick changes
  • Maintain a calm, professional demeanor for performers in your care
  • Check-in and review costumes before each dress rehearsal and performance and check out and retrieve costumes after each dress rehearsal and performance.
  • Coordinates the care, management, and organization of finished costumes during dress rehearsals and performances
  • Creates costume change and dress plot
  • Supervises the creation of dressing cards/sheets and costume check-in sheets
  • Restock costumes at the end of the production after the strike in a timely manner
  • Maintains and organizes Costume Stock as needed
  • Handles all company shoe needs, including but not limited to ordering, inventory, and distribution to dancers
  • Processes costume rentals as needed
  • Manages time in an effective manner
  • Maintains an organized workspace
  • Attends rehearsals and run-throughs as necessary
  • Attend weekly shop and production meetings as necessary
  • Consult with other team members and Costume Shop Manager concerning problems and their possible solutions as scheduled.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by Costume Shop Manager or Director of Production.

Work Requirements and Qualifications:

Education: Minimum of BA or BFA in costuming or similar arts education or equivalent professional experience to be considered to be an expert in this field.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Knowledge of a variety of costume construction techniques
  • Demonstrated experience in costume construction and maintenance
  • Prior backstage costume experience
  • Basic knowledge of costume and fashion history
  • Knowledge of and experience in basic laundry and fabric cleaning techniques, supplies, and equipment
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work as a team player
  • Knowledge of and experience in basic hand and sewing techniques.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and reprioritize.
  • Working knowledge of various sewing machines, sergers, and other tools of the trade.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Experience: 3-5 years in a costuming position with demonstrable patterning and draping work or extensive build work.

Equipment: Knowledge of various sewing machines and tools used in a costume shop and their safe use. Basic knowledge of general office equipment.


Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are a non-exhaustive list of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to handle, feel, talk, and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms above the shoulder. The employee is frequently required to sit and occasionally stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and move up to 100 pounds with assistance.


Work Environment:  The work environment characteristics described here represent those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.


Disclaimer Statement:

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. While this document is intended to describe the current position accurately, circumstances may require that other or different tasks are performed (e.g., emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological developments).

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to careers@nashvilleballet.com with “Wardrobe Supervisor” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

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