JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Founded in 1965, San Diego Opera is a highly regarded member of the international opera community and an invaluable cultural resource to the San Diego region. The mission of San Diego Opera is to deliver exceptional performances and exciting, accessible programs to diverse audiences, focusing on community partnerships and the transformative and expressive power of the human voice. The company’s vision is to be recognized globally as a leading example of adaptability, innovation and sustainability, promoting diversity on stage, in our repertoire, and in our staff and leadership, with a commitment to world-class and emerging talent, and innovative use of technology.


The following job openings are available at this time:

Assistant to Costume Director:

$19.00/hr (August through April)

San Diego Opera is looking for a Costume Assistant for the upcoming 2022-23 season (August through April). The position is hourly with some overtime. Hours will vary depending on production schedule. Some weekend and evening work will be required. There will be down time in November and December of 2022 and possibly between operas in 2023.

The ideal candidate will have some experience with theatrical costumes or the fashion industry. The candidate must be a skilled computer user and know the Microsoft office suite. Expertise with Filemaker is a plus. Must be organized, flexible and knowledge of period costumes preferred. Candidate must have a car and have shopping skills. Duties include research, creating costume plots / charts and show bibles. The job includes parking, complimentary tickets to each opera and competitive pay rate. This is not a union position.

The position will report to and work directly with the Costume Director. Collaboration with with other production departments will also be part of the scope of the position. If you are interested in learning and advancing your career in costumes and would enjoy working in a fast paced, exciting, and creative environment, please send your resume and references to Costume Director, Ingrid Helton at Ingrid.helton@sdopera.org.


Draper/Shop Manager (Shop Foreman):

$28.14/Hr (August 8 – October 29, 2022)

San Diego Opera will be building costumes designed by Eloise Kazan for the world premiere of El último sueño de Frida y Diego. We are searching for two drapers for the period of time listed above. One Draper is also the Shop Manager/Shop Foreman. The Draper works with Costume Director and Costume Designer to create patterns, facilitate construction and alteration, make fabric considerations and recommendations, and address issues relating to structure, material, cost, use, or artistic objective of all costume pieces necessary for the production. They collaborate with Costume Director to assess the materials and labor needs throughout the season. The Draper/Shop Manager sets workroom construction standards and coordinates the flow of the costume build through the Costume Shop. They support the artistic vision of the production and execute the realization of the costume designs collaboratively and creatively. This position operates under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with IATSE Local #905. Please send your resume and three references that can speak to the quality of your work to Costume Director, Ingrid Helton at Ingrid.helton@sdopera.org.


Draper/Cutter/Tailor :

$24.05/hr (August 8 – October 29, 2022)

San Diego Opera will be building costumes designed by Eloise Kazan for the world premiere of El último sueño de Frida y Diego. We are searching for two drapers for the period of time listed above. The Draper works with Costume Director, Costume Shop Manager and Costume Designer to create patterns, facilitate construction and alteration, make fabric considerations and recommendations, and address issues relating to structure, material, cost, use, or artistic objective of all costume pieces necessary for the production. They collaborate with Costume Shop Manager to assess the materials and labor needs throughout the season. They support the artistic vision of the production and execute the realization of the costume designs collaboratively and creatively. This position operates under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with IATSE Local #905. Please send your resume and three references that can speak to the quality of your work to Costume Director, Ingrid Helton at Ingrid.helton@sdopera.org.


Firsthand:

$24.05/hr (August 8 – October 29, 2022)

San Diego Opera will be building costumes designed by Eloise Kazan for the world premiere of El último sueño de Frida y Diego. We are searching for two first hands for the period of time listed above. The Firsthand works with Costume Shop Manager, Draper, and Costume Designer to construct and alter costume pieces necessary for the production. Firsthands must be an excellent stitcher and have the ability to guide stitchers in the building of the costumes. They support the artistic vision of the production and execute the realization of the costume designs collaboratively and creatively. This position operates under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with IATSE Local #905. Please send your resume and three references that can speak to the quality of your work to Costume Director, Ingrid Helton at Ingrid.helton@sdopera.org.


Stitchers:

$24.05/hr (August 9 – October 29, 2022)

San Diego Opera will be building costumes designed by Eloise Kazan for the world premiere of El último sueño de Frida y Diego. We are searching for four stitchers for the period of time listed above. Stitchers work with Costume Shop Manager, Draper, and Firsthands to construct and alter costume pieces necessary for the production. They must be excellent at stitching, follow directions and meet deadlines. They support the artistic vision of the production and execute the realization of the costume designs collaboratively and creatively. This position operates under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with IATSE Local #905. Please send your resume and three references that can speak to the quality of your work to Costume Director, Ingrid Helton at Ingrid.helton@sdopera.org.

If you have the required skill, but have not worked in a costume shop, please provide background information for ways in which your skill set matches those required of a specified position. Be prepared to show examples of your work.


Crafts:

$24.05/hr (August 8 – October 29, 2022)

San Diego Opera will be building costumes designed by Eloise Kazan for the world premiere of El último sueño de Frida y Diego. We are searching for a Craft Artisan for the period of time listed above. The Craft Artisan works with the Costume Director, Costume Shop Manager, Draper, and Costume Designer to construct and alter costume pieces necessary for the production. The need to be experienced in Millinery, jewelry making, armor, leather goods, cobblery, to name a few. Must be comfortable both with domestic and industrial sewing machines. The Craft artisan must know all of the safety rules and make sure that they are followed. They support the artistic vision of the production and execute the realization of the costume designs collaboratively and creatively. This position operates under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with IATSE Local #905. Please send your resume and three references that can speak to the quality of your work to Costume Director, Ingrid Helton at Ingrid.helton@sdopera.org.


Dyer/Fabric Painter:

$25.02/hr (August 8 – October 29, 2022)

San Diego Opera will be building costumes designed by Eloise Kazan for the world premiere of El último sueño de Frida y Diego. We are searching for a dyer/painter for the period of time listed above. The Dyer/painter works directly with the Costume Shop Manager, Draper, and Costume Designer to dye and paint costumes, shoes, accessories for the production. Must be skilled in all types of dye products and have the skills to match fabrics, dye & paint fabric and costumes to match the renderings and the desires of the Costume Designer. The dyer/painter must know all the safety rules and make sure that they are followed. They support the artistic vision of the production and execute the realization of the costume designs collaboratively and creatively. This position operates under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with IATSE Local #905. Please send your resume and three references that can speak to the quality of your work to Costume Director, Ingrid Helton at Ingrid.helton@sdopera.org.