Costume Designer and Costume Shop Supervisor, Augsburg College

The Theater Department at Augsburg College invites applications for the part-time faculty adjunct position of Costume Designer and Costume Shop Supervisor. We seek a creative, collaborative, and organized individual to join a vibrant academic Theater Department in the heart of the Twin Cities. Our program is primarily undergraduate, with majors and concentrations in Design/Technical Theater, Directing/Dramaturgy/Playwriting, and Performance. We offer Bachelor of Arts degrees and work with over 40 theater majors, as well as minors and other students involved in our production season, and we are committed to the college-wide priorities of intentional diversity, inclusion, and equity.

The Costume Designer and Costume Shop Supervisor is a part-time adjunct faculty position that includes designing and costuming no less than two productions per year, mentoring up to three student costume designs, and supervising the costume shop. The position may also include the possibility of teaching a costuming course every other academic year. The Costume Designer and Costume Shop Supervisor will work an estimated 24 hours/week, but this varies greatly based on production calendar. The position comes with a one-year contract with the potential for yearly renewal.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Evidence of costume design experience. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.F.A in Costume Design or equivalent professional experience
  • Ability to develop design materials/renderings and collaborate on design concepts with directors
  • Knowledge of costume periods, styles, and silhouettes
  • Expertise in costume construction techniques and alterations of theater costumes and related accessories
  • Expertise in project management
  • Demonstrated teaching experience
  • Commitment to the training and mentoring of student designers and
  • Commitment to fostering an inclusive working and learning environment

Principal Duties:

  • Costume Designer: Collaborate with directors and design team on no less than two fully produced costume designs each season. Develop design materials or renderings and attend production meetings as required. Monitor production processes through meetings, budgeting, rehearsals, and performances.
  • Costume Shop Supervisor: Serve as Costume Shop Supervisor for up to five theater department productions of various sizes each season. Oversee construction of costumes, purchasing for the costume shop, rentals, rental returns, and managing costume budget for all shows. Organize and maintain costume shop and two additional costume storage spaces. Maintain all costume shop equipment and arrange repairs as required. Maintain inventory of shop supplies and tools.
  • Student-Design Mentor: Select, mentor, and supervise student costume designers for 2-3 small to medium projects each season. Attend student-designed project production meetings in a mentorship role.
  • Student-Work Lead: Determine work schedules and assignments for student work-study staff, as well as students completing class requirements or earning practicum credits in costumes as dressers, wardrobe, or make-up crew.

To apply for this position, go to and upload a cover letter, CV, and official transcripts. As part of the online application process, you will be required to provide the names of three professional references. If your application advances in this search, you will be notified prior to Augsburg contacting your references. Application review will start on June 2 and continue until the position is filled. Further information is available at Candidates should not send supplementary materials unless invited to do so.

Augsburg College offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees to approximately 4,000 students of diverse backgrounds. With a student/faculty ratio of 15:1, the college focuses on close personal interaction with faculty and experiential education opportunities on campus and in the community. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings.

Augsburg's main campus is located in the vibrant Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, one of the most diverse areas in the Twin Cities. The University of Minnesota West Bank campus and one of the city’s largest medical complexes are adjacent to Augsburg; the Mississippi River and the Seven Corners Theatre district are just a few blocks away.  In addition to its Minneapolis campus, Augsburg has a vibrant branch campus in Rochester, the fastest growing city in Minnesota and headquarters of the Mayo Health System.  In addition to these locations, Augsburg owns and operates international sites in Mexico, Guatemala, and Namibia.

Among the distinctive features of Augsburg College are its deep dedication to civic and community engagement, robust undergraduate research programs, and a strong belief in the integration of liberal arts and professional studies across all programs. The College’s commitment to the local neighborhood and the world is enhanced through the work of four signature centers: the Christensen Center for Vocation, the Center for Global Education, the Sabo Center for Citizenship and Learning, and the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work.  Augsburg’s commitment to diversity is reflected in the student body: for the past four years, students of color comprised nearly 40 percent of the incoming first-year class. With approximately 1,000 students living on campus, Augsburg engages students in a wide range of co-curricular activities, including NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics. At both undergraduate and graduate levels, students actively engage in international travel and intercultural experiences that broaden their view of the world and deepen their engagement in it.

Augsburg is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color or any other protected class. Successful candidates will have demonstrated abilities working in an academic community committed to intentional diversity. Candidates are thus encouraged to highlight skills and experiences that demonstrate intercultural competence.

Contact information

Augsburg College
Judi Green
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Posted May 10