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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: November 14, 2019
The Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies is in the Division of Humanities in the College of Letters and Science. Its programs integrate undergraduate and graduate instruction with student participation in theater and dance performance. The Department enrolls 1100 students in i ts 55-65 classes and seminars each semester. There are approximately 150 majors and 150 minors in addition to 25-30 students pursuing a Ph.D. Approx. 300 students are enrolled per semester in courses that engage in participation in production as actors, builders, stage crew, stage managers, directors, choreographers, or designers. An additional 170 students participate in summer sessions within the Department.
The Department produces annually 4 main stage shows; 2 studio, or showcase productions; 4-12 Dept. produced events and lectures; and 20-40 additional activities (rentals/loans of venues and/or equip., sponsorship of activities produced by other Depts., studio loans to campus and non-campus entities, etc.). The Department welcomes more than 8,000 patrons to it's events and productions annually.
The Department has 11 permanent faculty (8 FTE), 7 permanent lecturer positions (4 FTE), 3-6 temporary lecturers, 6 administrative staff (4.8 FTE), 9 Production staff (8 FTE), 5 musicians/accompanists, and 2-6 graduate s tudent instructors.
The Department is responsible for three theaters - The Playhouse @ Zellerbach Hall (551 s eats), The Durham Studio Theater (135 seats), and Zellerbach Room 7-Black Box (66 seats) -- three fully operating shops and associated spaces, significant storage and curatorial space, three dance studios, three acting studios, three design studios, additional classroom service space, and faculty and staff offices in both Dwinelle and Zellerbach Hall.
Instruct, train, and supervise students completing laboratory practice as wardrobe technicians on run crew, including standard methods of application for hair and make-up, maintenance and repair of costumes and costume properties, and duties associated with technical support for live theater including standards of professional conduct.
Maintain make-up inventory and make-up room, including creation of baseline stock items.
Instruct and train student crews in use of makeup and protocol for running wardrobe.
Conduct make-up workshops.
Fill production make-up needs.
Under the supervision of the Costume Director, determine fabrication techniques and applications for hair/wig/make-up.
Is present, at all technical and dress rehearsals for consultation and training of student operators and actors particularly regarding hair/wigs/make-up and costume changes.
Research new materials and techniques to fulfill designers' concepts, particularly within the realm of hair/wig/make-up and costume properties; design new techniques to promote efficient working of costume or hair/wig/make-up pieces and applications on stage or in the shop.
Responsible for the maintenance, and storage of costume collection.
Maintain inventory listing and labeling of individual items.
Regularly decide on the most effective use of space for storage.
Organize within boxes, on shelves, on racks.
Determine appropriate procedures for safe preservation of collection.
Facilitate designer use of collection.
Be available for designers (professional and student) to pull from costume stock by appointment.
Establish and maintain rack system for pulled items.
Re-integrate returns to collection.
Counsel and advise designers on items available in the collection.
Keep records of items checked out and returned.
Responsible for laundry/dry cleaning and repair as items are returned.
Launder, list and label all donated pieces, integrate into collection, add to database.
Maintain rental/loan records.
Pull items and handle returns.
Make delinquent return calls as necessary.
Attends Department staff and production staff meetings as directed.
As directed, assist in costume shop with construction of costumes.
Under supervision, create, build, and assemble costumes and costume properties, shoes/boots, masks, hats, crowns, armor, and hair/wigs/makeup for all Department produced or sponsored productions: Fit, cut, and finish garments from patterns working from d esigns, sketches, or specified research.
Pattern and construct from such materials as cloth, metal, p lastic, leather, fiberglass, etc.
Supervise and instruct in the work of approximately 4-5 work study and 25-35 registered students per semester assigned to work in the costume shops theater facilities for laboratory courses including but not limited to THR 60 (Introduction to Technical Theater and Production), 174 (Costume Design for the Theater), and 176 or 179 (Applied Theatrical Design).
Train in construction and fabrication of costumes from designs and renderings to ensure accuracy, including tool use, standard construction techniques, basic treatments, and safe working practices.
Assist in maintaining the costume shop and related facilities in a neat, orderly and safe condition.
Inspect and maintain machines and equipment.
Coordinate all tool and equipment maintenance and repairs, including sharpening.
Maintain inventory of machine needles, lubricants, etc.
Maintain, as directed, inventory of expendable supplies including thread, notions, hardware, fasteners, and adhesives.
Recommend expenditures for equipment.
Advise on planning of major alterations of existing facilities or development of new facilities.
Assist in the maintenance and cleanliness of related areas, including, but not limited to, costume storage facilities, dye room, and dressing rooms.
Participate in daily clean up.
Working knowledge or ability to learn University policy groups, financial (procurement card, purchasing policies), Environmental Health and Safety (shop safety manual, shop inspections, personal safety equipment, staff safety training), and computer use and security issues.
Must have knowledge of Department internal policies regarding same areas or ability to learn.
Must have knowledge of non-university policies and guidelines, including building codes, OSHA, Fire Marshall, etc.
Significant knowledge of fashion and costume history, period, and style.
Knowledge of curatorial techniques: cataloguing, record-keeping, etc.
Knowledge of research techniques.
Knowledge of preservation and storage techniques, particularly regarding fabrics and soft-goods.
Knowledge of costume construction and fabrication for the theater and related industries and knowledge of theater practice, including, but not limited to: techniques of patterning, cutting, fitting, draping, stitching, and fabric treatment, painting, dying, millinery, crafts, leatherwork, armor, shoes, accessories, hair/wigs/make-up and theatrical make-up applications including special effects.
Knowledge of tool specific to the costume shop and theater facility.
Knowledge of standards of practice in the field, and standards of safety and safe operation in theater and related fields (concert, dance, opera, TV/film, etc.).
Effective interpersonal skills.
Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
Ability to climb ladders.
General good physical condition and strength.
Ability to prioritize competing needs over time between short (production based) and long term (organizational) goals.
Ability to communicate complex instructions and information to disparate constituencies.
Effective oral communication.
Salary & Benefits
This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience.
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This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
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