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Costume Librarian PT

The Costume Librarian is responsible for the overall operation and complete inventory of the costume shop(s) including the cleaning, storing, inventory, cataloging, and repairs of costumes.  Our primary costume department is located at our  “ARK”  which is Playhouse’s secondary rehearsal off-site location

The Costume Librarian is responsible for the efficient operation of the costume department, including:

  • Maintain an inventory of costumes available for rental or loan to community members and other theaters.

  • Costume laundry - cleaning,

  • Costume repair work, fixing zippers, attaching button, or fixing a seam

  • costume shop supplies,

  • Costume equipment

  • Sewing machines

  • Irons

  • Dyes, Thread, Needles.Bobbins, Glue Guns, Heat & Bond and other similar supplies

  • Fabric Inventory

  • Inventory and catalog all Costume Department property;

  • Costumes by Era

  • Hats / Belts / Wigs / Accessories / Jewelry / Ties, etc…

  • Costume Shop Supplies

  • Equipment

  • Sewing Machines

  • Irons / Pressers

  • Initiate and maintain costume rental agreement forms by;

  • Complete rental agreement form with customer, answering questions

  • Accepting costume damage deposit payments and issuing a receipt to customer

  • Inspecting costume before and after rental for any damages

  • Call customer 24 hrs after scheduled return- by- date

  • Schedule access and supervise all costume dept.  requests or fittings in coordination with the show director(s) or Artistic Director

  • Oversee special projects such as dying, fabric painting, and millinery.

  • Oversee the cleaning and return of all rental costumes in a timely manner

  • The Costume Librarian is responsible for all aspects of costuming during a show run, including:

  • Establishes costume care guidelines with Artistic Director for performers in Playhouse theater

  • Pack and prepare costumes for transport to and from ARK to performance venues

  • The Costume Librarian also supports other departments as needed, including education, community engagement, marketing, and development needs

  • Ability to mend costumes, light sewing, zippers, buttons, and hems

  • Excellent communication and people skills

  • Creativity and attention to detail

  • Well-organized and reliable

  • High school diploma, a Degree in fashion design or relevant field is desired

  • On occasion you may be asked to help with other roles in other departments, such as supporting education from time to time.

  • To keep up-to-date on current Playhouse SOP you  may required to attend meetings or training sessions

  • Ensure all operations above are carried out within the relevant Health and Safety guidelines and within the Playhouse Health and Safety policies within the Employee Code of Conduct Handbook

PlayAnywhere Instructor

Playhouse Merced's PlayAnywhere program is a highly popular two week traveling after school program that provide theater education on location at schools throughout Merced County.  During the two week process, PlayAnywhere Instructors hold auditions, cast a short musical show, and lead rehearsals. At the end of the second week, the students get to perform for their teachers, fellow students, friends, and loved ones!

Position Title:                  Play Anywhere Instructor

Job Classification:       Part-Time/Hourly

Reports To:                       Youth Outreach Coordinator

Summary of Position:

Provide excellent service and communication with students, teachers, and administrators, while teaching basic music theory, fundamentals of vocal technique, movement through choreography, and stage direction in a show with 15-60 students at a variety of school locations.  During school breaks and off weeks, assists facilities, box office, and the Education Department for ongoing or upcoming projects as needed.

A Play Anywhere Instructor:

  • Has a working knowledge of Playhouse Merced mission, vision and policies

  • Knows the show intimately

  • Supports and works as a team with other staff members

  • Works well with different personality types

  • Takes initiative, is self-motivated, task-oriented, and organized

  • Directs, teaches simple music and choreography, while providing support to team member(s)

  • Can think quickly and critically when in new situations or presented with obstacles

  • Understands basic light and sound equipment and can set up and break down equipment during load in and load out, as well as run lights and sound during any and all shows (training provided)

  • Follows both Playhouse Merced and individual school site rules and regulations

Hours and Schedule:

  • 13-22 hours/wk  during school bookings    

School bookings normally take place in the afternoons on weekdays normally and any time from 1:00pm-6:00pm 

Tech Days (Thursdays) and Show Days (Fridays) regularly require some morning hours.

Minimum Qualifications:

    Must be age 18+ over

    High School Diploma or Equivalent

  • One or more years of volunteer or paid experience working with elementary school aged children (teacher assistant, child care, instructional aide).  ~OR~

  • One to two years of theatre experience (education, technical, acting, singing, dance, stage crew, etc.)

  • Pass LiveScan DOJ background check

  • Must be able to lift up to 30 lbs

  • Prefer candidates that have reliable means of transportation and valid California driver's license

Desirable Qualifications:

Education:   Associates Degree

Skills:             Bilingual - helpful

Technical Director

Playhouse Merced is an equal opportunity employer and includes everyone on our team.  We welcome and strongly encourage people of all races, ethnicities, LGBTQ+, BIPOC,  backgrounds, and non-binary people, and individuals with disabilities to apply. If you need reasonable accommodation or assistance at any point in the application or interview process,  please let us know by email:


The Technical Director (TD) is responsible for operating and managing the technical equipment of the Playhouse Theatrical space

● Operate, maintain, and safeguard the technical assets of the theatre, including supervising the use of all lighting, sound, communications equipment, and the use and maintenance of all stage facilities.

● Maintaining and operating in-house lighting systems and audio equipment;

● Determines the necessary technical supports, for  lighting, sound, staging, and special needs, necessary for events and performances presented at the facility in advance of production dates.

● Designs, sets up, maintains, and operates lighting and sound systems for theatre, dance, music, and other productions and projects; assists guest designers and artists with technical matters.

● Advises the AD and light/sound designers on the technical specifications, costs and usage of technical equipment required for the individual show, and supervises the implementation and operation of approved technical designs.

● Assists in recruiting, training and assignment of guest board volunteer(s) or paid technical assistant staff for individual shows.

● Orient facility renters and visiting productions/guest crews on all safety, technical characteristics and other areas of facility operations; facilitates the use of the technical facilities by the resident company and others engaged by or renting the facility.

● Monitors the condition of equipment including lighting, sound, and rigging equipment; arranges for the repair and makes recommendations for upgrades and/or replacements within budgetary constraints; performs preventive maintenance on equipment.

● Creating the lighting and sound design for ALL Playhouse events and productions

● Overseeing the technical crews under the Artistic Director.

● Assists AD with the preparation and suggestions of production budgets; maintains Tech equipment inventory and initiates orders of specialized supplies with AD.

● Attends technical calls, production meetings, and technical week rehearsals, in order to supervise and assist in the technical aspects of mounting the performances.

● Makes recommendations to the Artistic Director regarding capital purchases of technical equipment.

● Duties may also include coordinating volunteers and clients in technical activities related to stage lighting and sound.

● Overall, work with PHM staff to maintain a happy and healthy environment for all patrons, volunteers, casts, crews, and co-workers.

● Take part in the overall cleanliness of PHM.

● Assist on other duties as assigned needed basis for all Playhouse Merced departments.


  • Work within the constraints of a 40-hr work week by prioritizing 

  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills

  • High level of responsibility and accountability

  • Knowledge of and experience in theatre and fine arts

  • Growth mindset with an eagerness to continuously improve

  • Able to thrive within atypical work hours and schedules

  • Ability to work with all diverse groups, treating all staff, casts, crews, patrons, and volunteers with kindness, understanding, dignity, inclusion, and respect

When performances are not being held at the Playhouse, the TD is responsible for coordinating and communicating with the technical team/crew  at other locations to facilitate our shows, along with the Artistic Director.

The Technical Director (TD) works with a great deal of autonomy and exercises independent judgment while prioritizing a wide variety of tasks and deadlines within the 40-hour work week.  Due to the operating hours of our facility, close supervision is not required nor expected.

The TD may be called upon to deal with a wide variety of technical issues. Candidate must have knowledge of techniques, methods and procedures related to sound and lighting maintenance, design, and implementation; computerized lighting systems; and knowledge of appropriate safety precautions and procedures.

The TD will report to the Artistic Director, and work closely with the Education Director, House Manager,  Office Manager, among other staff and volunteers.


  • Must have computer proficiency, a high level of self-motivation and superior organizational skills; and typically, will require working at heights and lifting up to 75 pounds.

  •  A Bachelor's degree in Technical Theatre (or a related field) is preferred or equivalent theater experience 

  • production will be considered.

  • Professional experience within professional theatre and production is preferred.

  • MUST have thorough knowledge of electrical, electronic and industry safety standards and practices.

  • MUST have or be willing to acquire,  maintain a valid California Driver's license  with a good driving record