Costume Apprentice

Dates of Employment: Approximately May 29 – August 13, 2023

Reports To: Costume Coordinator and Shop Manager, Director of Production

Supports: Costume Department, Janiec Opera Company


The Costume Apprentice helps facilitate a positive and enjoyable Costume Shop environment.  The Costume Apprenticeship offers direct exposure to the build and altering of upcoming productions. The apprentice will have the opportunity to build professional relationships, construct portfolio pieces and gain professional experience in theatrical construction, craftwork, quick-rigging and costume maintenance. Holistic effective communication and dissemination of information is essential to the successful execution of this position.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Learn and train as a Costume Apprentice for the 3 full scale opera productions: La Traviata. Turn of the Screw, and Into the Woods, under the direction of the Costume Shop Manager.  
  • Build, stitch, and fit costumes for the 2023 season as assigned.
  • Help in maintaining a positive, organized, and efficient work environment. 
  • Oversee work-studies in the workspaces while maintaining an educational environment.
  • Ensure excellence and quality of work.
  • Assist in updating Costume lists as directed.
  • Assist in updating and maintaining Costume inventory as directed.
  • Attend all load- ins and outs.
  • Work on run crew or wardrobe crew for all shows.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • Supervised by the Costume Shop Manager and Director of Production.


  • Able to execute well all above duties and responsibilities.
  • Strong communication skills. 
  • Highly motivated. 
  • Good attitude and work ethic. 
  • Willingness to take ownership of your position and not blame other staff members or outside circumstances for your degree of success on individual tasks and on your position as a whole.
  • Able to take instruction and feedback from supervisors and use it to improve your job performance. 
  • Understanding of channels of communication and the importance of clear and open communication.
  • Maintain calm under pressure and receive/ intake information from multiple sources that you quickly prioritize and relay to Technical Director or Director of Production/ act upon if deemed appropriate.
  • Above all, must possess a positive attitude, a sense of humor, and ability to work well in a team dynamic.


  • Complete satisfactory background check
  • Must have valid state driver's license and possess a clean driving record


  • Includes a $2500 season stipend paid bi-weekly, full board, and on-campus housing

To apply, create an account and start an application using MyBMC. Please upload a cover letter and resume (with references listed) to be considered for this position.

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. 

Any questions can be directed to:

Andrea Boccanfuso
Director of Production
Brevard Music Center

Please note: As Brevard prepares for the 2023 season, we continue to work with local and state health officials, along with campus and venue safety specialists, to develop and implement guidelines and protocols designed to keep our students, faculty, staff, and patrons safe. For the 2022 season, BMC's COVID-19 protocols included social distancing measures, indoor mask-wearing, and vaccination requirements. We will share updated policies for 2023 as more information becomes available from public health agencies.

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