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Costume Shop Supervisor/Designer

Albany, NY - Posted on: Monday 05/23/16


About University at Albany:

Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,300 students in eight schools and colleges across three campuses.

Located in Albany, New York, New York State's capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks.

Job Description:

The Theatre Program at the University at Albany has reestablished its undergraduate major, and we are currently seeking a full-time lecturer who will manage the costume studio's construction processes, budgets, maintenance, equipment, and inventory for three to four productions per academic year.  The normal teaching load for this position is two classes per semester, depending upon costume design assignments.  The successful candidate for this position will provide daily supervision, teaching, and mentorship for students working in the costume shop and on crews for productions.  The Performing Arts Center in which we are housed contains five theatres, a fully equipped costume shop, and a significant costume collection located off site.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • MFA in Costume Design, Costume Technology, or aligned field from a university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization
  • Evidence of strong costume construction skills and professional theatre costume experience
  • Ability to implement designs using appropriate professional standards, and within budgetary and resource constraints
  • Demonstrated teaching/supervision of undergraduates in a liberal arts environment
  • Commitment to mentoring, advising, and recruiting students
  • Ability to teach undergraduate courses in costume technology, fundamentals of design, and costume design
  • Evidence of successful collaborations with directors, designers, and production personnel including students
  • Experience in, and commitment to, working with a culturally diverse population

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to teach costume history
  • Mask/puppet-making
  • Millinery and wig styling
  • Other crafts, including dyeing, sculpting, and/or casting   
  • Makeup design

Additional Information:

Professional Rank and Salary Range: Lecturer

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, mandates that all Title IV institutions, without exception, prepare, publish and distribute an Annual Security Report. This report consists of two basic parts: disclosure of the University's crime statistics for the past three years; and disclosures regarding the University's current campus security policies. The University at Albany's Annual Security Report is available in portable document format [PDF] by clicking this link http://police.albany.edu/ASR.shtml


To Apply:

Please apply online via http://albany.interviewexchange.com/candapply.jsp?JOBID=71658

Application Instructions:

Applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • Letter of interest specifically addressing position qualifications and ability to work with and instruct a culturally diverse population
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume
  • Brief statement on teaching philosophy
  • Costume design/construction portfolio or URL for personal website
  • Names and contact information for three professional/academic references
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts (official transcripts are required when offer of employment is accepted)

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Start Date: August 1, 2016

A review of applications will start on June 8, 2016.