Arena Stage Fellowship
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • $600 per week
  • Other
  • Fellowship

As the Arena Stage costume fellow, you will experience the process of mounting a season of shows from research and design, to the build and fitting of the costumes for the shows, all the way through to the point of performances. We are looking to share our professional experience with an up and coming creative with a passion for working in an arts-focused environment.

Opportunities to develop skills include:

  • Professional development workshops with industry leaders
  • Collaborate with designers on productions and in costume fittings
  • Curate research, paperwork, note taking, and costume "bible"
  • Learn costume technology with drapers and expert artisans
  • Experience millinery and dyeing in the crafts department
  • Maintain costumes and serve on the wardrobe crew
  • Coordinate and curate garments from multiple costume stockrooms

We encourage a curiosity about costume design and/or the management of a costume shop. The ideal candidate for the Costume fellowship will be a hardworking individual who engages with and does not back away from challenges. The position regularly requires social tactfulness, discretion and the ability to function well under pressure. The Fellow should have the desire to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve Costume Department goals; A growth mindset is essential to success. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills are crucial in this role. Some experience in costume design, sewing, costume construction and/or working in a costume shop in either an academic or professional setting is welcome, but not a requirement for the position.


Additional expectations: Occasionally, some evening and weekend hours will be required.

You might be interested in this fellowship if you want to pursue a career in costume design or costume technology.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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