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The following positions are currently available at Pittsburgh Public Theater. Details and application information are included with each description.

Pittsburgh Public Theater is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Costume, Hair & Makeup Director

Pittsburgh Public Theater seeks an annual full-time Costume, Hair & Makeup Director. In collaboration with the Director of Production & Operations, the Costume, Hair & Makeup Director is directly responsible to lead, guide and facilitate communication between designers, directors, stage managers, and costume and wardrobe staff to advance productions, plan and implement designs, and provide the equipment necessary to tech and run shows within budget parameters in a safe, efficient, and respectful manner. The Costume, Hair & Makeup Director is responsible for departmental budgeting and scheduling, interfacing with designers and PPT leadership, hiring costume and wardrobe staff and over-hires, filing union reports, communicating with landlords on matters relating to costumes and wardrobe, and overseeing the execution of costume, wardrobe, and hair and makeup work within financial and deadline specifications. The Costume, Hair & Makeup Director provides a knowledge of costume aesthetics and proper fit, a comprehension of period styles, and oversees that all materials are on hand for use to ensure timely builds and daily operations. The Costume, Hair & Makeup Director directs the department in culturally-appropriate, well-researched costume, make up, and hair design through collaboration with both artists and staff, modeling equity and artistic excellence in both process and execution.

Job Duties

  • To represent the Theater at all times as a brand ambassador to guest artists, vendors, and patrons.
  • To demonstrate inclusive behavior and cultivate the same in all costume, wardrobe, and hair and makeup employees, and to apply an inclusive, equitable, and culturally sensitive lens to departmental decisions.
  • To maintain confidentiality and discretion for all costume and wardrobe operations with sensitivity to intimacy and personal considerations.
  • To support the cultural diversity and unique identities of PPT artists by anticipating and providing for specific costume, hair and makeup necessities during design, build, and tech processes, including providing the appropriate supplies, appliances, and products (irons, curlers, dryers, brushes, lotions, etc.) for artists, according to their physical and cultural needs.
  • To possess a thorough understanding of the costume design and construction processes and all the related aspects of the overall theater production process.
  • To possess knowledge of cutting, draping and patterning as well as knowledge of textiles, crafting materials and costume history to incorporate the best theatrical practices with regards to construction, stitching, sewing and crafting.
  • To read the script of each show and approve strategies for costuming based on in-house availability and budget constraints, including the availability of staff.
  • To administer costume and wardrobe budgets by approving expenditures, tracking expenses, and regularly reporting financial activity and forecasts to the Director of Production & Operations. Additionally, to take action within the appropriate scope of responsibility to close budget shortfalls when needed to stay on budget, report spending revisions, and make recommendations to the Director of Production & Operations for improved efficiencies.
  • To participate in planning the season schedule for costume, wardrobe, and , hair and makeup design deadlines and designer residency dates, as well as build calendars and work schedules.
  • To hire, supervise, and direct costume, wardrobe, and , hair and makeup staff, including over-hires, with an eye toward developing a motivated and collaborative team that is dedicated to producing high-quality work.
  • To notify TWU Local 787 of new hires and employee departures, file timely union Reporting Forms for overhires, and, prior to the start of each season, update Appendix B of the Theater’s labor agreement, reporting the same to the Union.
  • To determine furlough and employment recall dates for costume and wardrobe staff, and report them to the Director of Production & Operations.
  • To administer annual performance evaluations for direct reports and discipline staff when warranted.
  • To approve costume and wardrobe timesheets and staff requests for time off.
  • To recommend, budget, and schedule staff training.
  • To oversee the coordination of work between costume, wardrobe, and , hair and makeup areas during show builds, load-ins, rehearsals, and performance runs, and schedule interdepartmental meetings as needed.
  • To attend production meetings, technical/dress rehearsals, and previews and to prioritize notes and work calls to ensure that all finish work happens in a timely, efficient, and safe manner.
  • To interface with the Show Director, Costume Designer, Costume Shop Manager and Wardrobe Manager effectively to ensure that the costume design and hair and makeup treatments are achieved on time and on budget.
  • To work with the Stage Manager to determine rehearsal needs for costumes and direct their on-time delivery to the cast.
  • To recommend strategies for “quick changes.”
  • To provide inventory control for the Theater’s costume stock by creating costume asset value sheets for each production as well as scheduling the organization and restocking of costumes, costume maintenance (including cleaning), and approving the removal of unusable items from stock.
  • To execute rental agreements for costumes, accessories, and equipment on a per show basis.
  • To provide costume and/or wardrobe financial information to the Development Department as needed for grant support.
  • To manage petty cash and credit card account(s).
  • To assist other production departments as needed.
  • To create, prioritize, and advocate for capital acquisitions for costume, wardrobe, and hair/make-up work and otherwise participate in annual and long-term planning for those areas.
  • To interface with vendors and donors to negotiate trades and in-kind contributions as they apply to costume and wardrobe department needs.
  • To participate as a member of any relevant networks or listservs.
  • To oversee costume and equipment rentals and loans to third parties
  • To secure GHS Safety Data Sheets on materials when purchased, and to submit the same to the Director of Production & Operations in a timely manner.
  • To ensure that workspaces are maintained in a safe and orderly condition and that all employees perform their assignments in a safe and cautious manner.
  • To make quarterly recommendations for updates to safety protocols and emergency action plans as they relate to costume, wardrobe, and hair/make-up work spaces.
  • To ensure that all necessary written insurance report information pertaining to any incidents/accidents is completed and forwarded to the Theater’s Payroll and Benefits Coordinator in a timely manner.

Job Requirements

  • Five years of experience in professional costume work, including one year of supervisory experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of all areas of theatrical costuming, including theatrical production calendar.
  • A keen sense of costume aesthetics and an understanding of proper fit.
  • Working knowledge of costume materials, and costume and fashion history, including garment manufacturing.
  • Able to manage in a fast-paced environment in which priorities can change rapidly, while maintaining a spirit of creative thinking and problem solving.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within budget and deadline parameters.
  • Knowledge of safety standards for costume shops.
  • The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Proficiency using cloud-based information sharing systems.
  • Must have effective organizational, time management, and decision-making skills.
  • Must be able to demonstrate inclusive behavior, ability to communicate about body types, hair types, skin tones, and genders with neutral/positive language.
  • Confidentiality and discretion are required.
  • Knowledge of IATSE collective bargaining agreements, and the ability to work in collegial partnership with union and non-union employees.
  • Commitment to the values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the ability to manage with these values centered.

Compensation: $62,000 - $65,000 plus benefits.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to

Production & Operations Associate

Pittsburgh Public Theater seeks a Production and Operations Associate to join the Production Department, playing a key role in generating contracts, monitoring and tracking expenses to avoid cost overruns, maintaining the Theater’s safety data records, and assisting with the resolution of any issues that could impede the application of operational protocols or slow the creative process.


This role is full-time with some flexibility to work remotely based on seasonal needs in the Production department. Salary starts at $38,000 plus benefits. Benefits include five health plan options with employer contribution, vision and dental coverage with no employee cost, participation in the company 403(b) retirement plan, two weeks of paid vacation, eight sick days and two personal days per year, eight paid holidays, and four complimentary tickets to each production.

Job Duties

  • Represents the Theater as a brand ambassador to guest artists, vendors, and patrons.
  • Monitors and tracks departmental expenses, reconciles monthly credit card statements, and generates purchase orders.
  • Provides clerical support for the creation of boiler contracts, LOAs, MOUs, riders, and other agreements.
  • Schedules, prepares, and attends design concept and production meetings.
  • Creates, updates, and distributes production grids with build and design deadlines, salient performance dates, and creative team information.
  • Updates and distributes production and facility calendars, and manages room scheduling in Outlook.
  • Manages vehicle registration for, and use of, the loading dock alley during load-ins, tech periods, and special events.
  • Procures run tracks and other performance-related documentation for each production.
  • Secures, organizes, maintains, and distributes GHS Safety Data information.
  • Supports the Employee Safety Committee and associated activities.

Job Requirements

  • Prior experience in a professional theater is preferred with two years of advanced clerical and administrative responsibilities including the accurate generation of contracts, riders, and LOAs/MOUs.
  • A clear understanding of production processes and associated theatrical production timelines.
  • Ability to work well under pressure when responding to last-minute requests or multiple projects with shared deadlines.
  • Knowledge of general safety standards.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to create budget documents, and to track and reconcile expenses accurately.
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Proficiency using cloud-based information sharing systems.
  • Must have effective organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion in the workplace.
  • Must be able to demonstrate the values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the ability to work with these values centered.

Diversity Statement

Pittsburgh Public Theater is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff that is committed to working in a multicultural environment. PPT does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship programs, and other PPT administered programs and activities. All of our employee’s points of view are key to our success, and inclusion is everyone's responsibility.

Application Information

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Monica Bowin, Director of Production & Operations at with the subject line "Production & Operations Associate."