Start Date

  • • August 1, 2019


  • • Paid vacation, sick days, health insurance, discounts on tickets and ballet classes


  • • Facilitate costume needs for all company, junior company, and touring shows


  • • Experience in costume construction and alterations
  • • Knowledge of clothing construction, hand sewing and the operation of sewing machines
  • • Knowledge of costume shops and an interest in dance/theater
  • • Supervisory experience is preferred
  • • Must possess excellent organizational skills and the ability to work with others
  • • Must be able to work evenings and weekends

Position Summary

  • • Grand Rapids Ballet, a ballet company based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is seeking a full-time Costume Shop Manager. GRB produces new works by both emerging choreographers as well as established international artists. The Costume Shop Manager is responsible managing all day to day shop activities including personnel, supplies, inventory and equipment and will establish and maintain budgets. The Costume Shop Manager will collaborate with designers and choreographers on costume design and manage costume builds, patterning, cutting and construction of costumes. Fit purchased garments, patterned costumes and alter patterns as necessary. Determine materials list, garment construction procedures and labor hours. Manage costume inventory, and costume repairs. Facilitate costume needs for touring. Manage dance shoe budget, inventory, distribution and stock. Hire and supervise additional freelance Costume Shop Staff as needed to complete all wardrobe-related tasks.


  • • Extensive knowledge of costume history, construction techniques, and fabric
  • • Knowledge of ballet history and traditions a plus
  • • 3-5 years experience managing a costume shop
  • • Budgetary experience
  • • Strong verbal, quantitative, and organizational skills
  • • Ability to work with artists, choreographers, and designers and balancing the shop’s ability to complete the work on schedule
  • • Strong personnel management skills
  • • Flexible, focused and well-organized team player
  • • Ability to work quickly and accurately with attention to detail
  • • Computer literate
  • • Ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • • Must be able to work nights and weekends, as required
  • • Must be able to climb stairs and step ladders
  • • Must have the ability to occasionally lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • • Must be able to tolerate exposure to common laundry + dye chemicals
  • • Must be able to twist, turn, bend, and reach and work overhead
  • • Must be able to push and pull heavy objects

Email resume to Mellissa Slack, Production Stage Manager. No phone calls, please.