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Junior Cutter/Draper

Arizona Opera, originally the Tucson Opera Company, was founded in 1971 by a dedicated group of opera enthusiasts. Its inaugural season featured two performances of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville in Tucson and by the 1976 – 1977 season Arizona Opera was performing complete seasons in both Tucson and Phoenix. Since its inaugural year, Arizona Opera has produced over 170 fully-staged operas and concerts. The company’s artistic history is rich with a blend of opera’s traditional repertoire featuring baroque, bel canto, and verismo works, turn-of-the-century masterpieces, operettas, and American operas. Arizona Opera has also presented Wagner’s complete Ring Cycle twice, a feat that has only been accomplished in North America by four other companies.

On stage, Arizona Opera presents artists of both international stature and emerging talent, and each season balances debut artists and the return of favorite performers. Arizona’s musical talent is show cased in its acclaimed orchestra and chorus. The Arizona Opera Orchestra, established in 2000, consists of members of symphony orchestras from Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tucson, as well as faculty from local universities, and the chorus is comprised of Phoenix and Tucson community members and students from local universities.

In addition to producing five grand operas each year in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona Opera offers in-school touring productions and numerous outreach events for children and adults of all ages.


Job Title: Junior Cutter/Draper

Location: Phoenix Arizona

Department: Production-Costumes

Reports To: Lead Draper, Workroom Supervisor/Assistant, Costume Shop Manager

FLSA Status: Eligible for OT (not-exempt)

Classification: Full time (averaging 32 hours/week), Hourly. Seasonal beginning on or about November 1, 2021 and concluding on or about April 30, 2022


A Cutter/Draper is responsible for creating the desired look of each assigned production’s Costume Design. They supervise the construction/alteration of each assigned garment and liaise between the stitchers, designer and costume shop manager to maintain an efficient and successful production and shop.


Essential Functions:

  • Create paper patterns of each designed garment using measurements, costume sketches/renderings, discussions with the designer, etc. as is necessary for each production
  • Provide weekly fitting requests to the Costume Shop Manager
  • Perform assigned fittings by pinning alterations or marking corrections and making sure fitting notes have been taken correctly
  • Correct patterns throughout construction process
  • Prepare and distribute construction and alterations instructions to first hands, stitchers, over hires, apprentices, etc. for each garment
  • Maintain a list of assigned projects with time estimates
  • Work with Master Stitcher, Lead Draper, Workroom Supervisor/Assistant and Costume Shop Manager to maintain construction/alterations standards


Additional Responsibilities:

  • Take/update performer’s measurements
  • Distribute Dress Rehearsal notes as needed
  • Alert Costume Shop Manager of stock/inventory needs in a timely fashion
  • First Hand as necessary
  • Create/stitch costume pieces as necessary
  • Alter rented/pulled/purchased costume pieces as necessary
  • Repair costume pieces as necessary
  • Maintain costume stock as needed
  • Pull shoes/costumes as needed
  • Assist in packing/unpacking of rental packages as needed
  • Maintain orderly and safe work space, including the shop at large


Non-Essential Functions:

  • Other related duties as assigned


Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Stitchers, Apprentices, Interns, Volunteers
Reports To: 
Lead Draper, Workroom Supervisor/Assistant, Costume Shop Manager
Job Category: 



  • Degree in theatre technology and at least 1 year of professional pattern making and 2 years of First-Hand experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience.



  • Excellent project management and people skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to present in public
  • Creative, detail oriented, excellent organizational and self-management skills, and ability to multi-task, adapt, and work in a fast-paced work environment
  • Excellent personal time management skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure with varied personalities
  • Ability to both receive and delegate instructions to others
  • Advanced costume construction skills, including: cutting, stitching and finishing
  • Garment alteration skills, including: prepping, stitching and reconstruction
  • Costume fitting experience
  • Advanced knowledge of Costume history and garment construction
  • Industrial and domestic sewing machines
  • Moderate millinery and crafting experience
  • Basic wardrobe experience


Computer Skills:

  • Moderate computer skills with Excel, Outlook and Word
  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop a plus.


Physical Demands:

  • Extended periods standing at a work table or in a fitting room, sitting at a sewing machine and standing at ironing board
  • Ability to fit a garment from a kneeling position
  • Communicating by telephone, email and in person
  • Ability to perform duties in a rigorous schedule, climb ladders and stairs and carry 50 pounds


Work Environment:

  • Work environment is generally a busy costume shop, but can include Costume Storage at the Scenic Studio and backstage at Arizona Opera’s performance venues.


Travel/Other Requirements:

  • May be asked to travel to Tucson or other cities for specific job-related duties (travel and per diem will be given when applicable)
  • Availability for some evenings and weekends is required, but will be scheduled ahead of time.


The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.

The Arizona Opera is an Equal Opportunity employer. The Arizona Opera does not discriminate against an Employee or candidate for employment because of his or her race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or nationality, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or any other legally protected status. We prohibit discrimination in all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, engagements, assignments, training, discipline, termination, promotions or other conditions of employment or career development. We offer Reasonable Accommodations where necessary to candidates for employment and to our qualified employees with disabilities.


Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, a resume and 3 references.

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