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Bard on the Beach is hiring Costume Running Crew

Tuesday, May 01, 2018 12:43 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

The successful candidate will work backstage during all mainstage performances, as part of a running crew team. Duties will include dressing, quick changes, laundry, costume maintenance and repairs, as well as some care of wigs and facials. 


  • The care and maintenance of all costumes and accessories, including daily laundry, daily maintenance checks, and all routine repairs. 
  • The preparation of costumes and accessories for each performance. 
  • Dresser duties, before and throughout each performance, including the execution of quick changes. 
  • The application and removal of wigs, hair pieces and facials, including quick changes, when required. 
  • The development, in conjunction with the Head of Wardrobe, of a personal costume running track. 
  • Participation in the upkeep and cleanliness of the dressing rooms, change booths and green room. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 


  • Professional experience as a theatre running crew member. 
  • A demonstrated expertise in costuming and costume maintenance in a professional theatre or film environment. 
  • Strong sewing and fabrication skills are required, with a background in stitching/costume building being strongly preferred. 
  • Must possess a strong work ethic and an ability to self-direct. 
  • A capacity for positive working relationships with colleagues is necessary as a member of a large company and crew. 
  • A familiarity with repertory performance and outdoor theatre is an asset. 

Start Date: Approximately 16 weeks, full time, starting the week of May 28th 

Compensation: $18-$22/hour, based on experience 

How to Submit Your Application:
Please upload your resume and a cover letter together in one PDF, summarizing your qualifications and experience, to bardonthebeach.org/current-opportunities/apply-now/. 

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Posting Expires: When the position is filled 

About the Company:
Bard on the Beach is Western Canada’s largest professional Shakespeare Festival. Its annual budget is almost $7 million and it employs a year-round team of professional artists and administrators. The Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas and special events from June to September, in two modern theatre tents in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vanier Park. The Festival also offers year-round educational programming at the BMO Theatre Centre in Olympic Village, and throughout the Lower Mainland. 

The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA) strives to strengthen the local theatre industry. We do this through providing services, promotion of member news and community events, opportunities to connect and network, and our annual theatre conference. Together with our members we are raising the profile of local theatre and building community.

At GVPTA, we acknowledge that our organization is located on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.