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Shaw Festival Theatre, Canada

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  • Position Type: Contract
  • Posted Date: Posted 2 months ago
  • Salary: $30-32/hr

Company Overview

As one of the world’s leading theatre companies and Niagara’s 20 largest employers, The Shaw is dedicated to an ongoing process of increasing diversity and inclusion in our audiences, our programs, and in all our hiring for staff, artists, and in the recruiting of board members. The Shaw is committed to a future when our theatres joyously draw on and include all peoples, fully reflective of the world around us. As such, the Shaw Festival is an equal opportunity employer committed to a barrier-free recruitment and selection process. We encourage and invite applications from applicants who identify as Indigenous, Black or as persons of colour (IBPOC), the LGBTQ2+ communities and those identifying as gender fluid. In accordance with Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and in keeping with our wish to ensure a fully inclusive environment, please advise Human Resources if you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process. We will be happy to assist. We acknowledge and honour the land upon which we gather as the historic and traditional territory of First Nations peoples. In particular we recognize and thank the Neutral Nation, the Mississauga and the Haudenosaunee for their stewardship of these lands over millennial.

Job Description

Cutter / Tailor

This is a Full-time, Seasonal contract. Multiple positions available.

Job Description / Duties

The Shaw Festival is seeking applications for full-time, seasonal Cutters/Tailors.  These positions will report to the Head of Wardrobe and Associate Head of Wardrobe and are part of the Wardrobe department team.

These positions are responsible for building and overseeing a portion of our season’s costumes, which requires an in-depth knowledge of costume history and construction.

Qualifications / Required Skills

  • Proven knowledge and experience in both men’s and/or women’s tailoring techniques
  • Excellent knowledge and working experience in costume construction in (flat pattern making and draping techniques)
  • Working knowledge of costume history, period shapes and how to adapt them for theatrical costumes
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ experience as a Costume Cutter in a professional theatre company, film industry or equivalent
  • Works well under pressure
  • Organized with excellent time management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and professionalism is required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite is an asset

The successful candidates must be able to work under pressure, meet deadlines, be organized, reliable and accurate and work well as part of a team. We encourage a positive and proactive working environment. A good sense of humour is always appreciated.

Knowledge of Health and Safety compliance is essential.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience in Repertory Theatre.

Must be available to work 40 hours per week plus overtime when required.


  • Manage simultaneous workloads for multiple productions
  • Interpret designs and take direction from designers to ensure all elements are included
  • Distribute workloads amongst a sewing team of up to 6 sewers
  • Provide training to your sewing team as required
  • Meet multiple deadlines (Quick Change Reh, Tech Dress, Preview Notes, etc.)

Additional Information

This full-time, seasonal position is located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

Job Type: Full-Time, Seasonal Contract (February to August 2023)

Please note: All new hires must provide Proof of Full Vaccination including one booster prior to their start date.

Hourly Rate: $30-$32 based on a 40-hour work week

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by 5pm on Wednesday December 23, 2022, VIA EMAIL ONLY, to:

Human Resources, Director
Shaw Festival Theatre
10 Queen’s Parade, Box 774
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0

While all responses are appreciated, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

  • Position Type: Contract
  • Posted Date: Posted 2 months ago
  • Salary: $30-32/hr