Skip to Main Content


Costume Designer/Costume Shop Manager

Date Posted: 01/26/24

Wabash College invites applications for a Costume Designer/Costume Shop Manager to collaborate with faculty directors and mentor a diverse, undergraduate student population. This is a 10-month full-time, salaried, non-tenure track position that begins July 1, 2024. Position is continuing based on periodic performance reviews and Department and College needs and circumstances. We seek an artist/educator with an active creative practice interested in exploring performance in a small, collegial, liberal-arts context. M.F.A in Costume Design required.

Responsibilities would include:

  • Design costumes for three main stage productions per academic year.
  • Supervise the operations of the Department of Theater Costume Shop to ensure an organized, efficient and safe environment for the purposes of theatrical production and student education.
  • Oversee, instruct, and supervise student employees and contract labor as required to complete work within budgetary guidelines.
  • Coordinate and participate in fittings, maintain budgets, and organize the purchase of materials for construction and maintenance of costumes.
  • Coordinate and supervise make-up needs for three mainstage productions.
  • Maintain all Costume Shop machinery, tools, inventory, and stock.
  • Teach one to two courses per year in costume design, and courses in line with artistic interests and expertise (e.g. puppetry, prop design, makeup, etc.).

In the midst of a strategic transformation to advance the success of first-generation students, students of color, and students from low-income families, Wabash College is committed to attracting and effectively supporting faculty from all backgrounds, including academically and culturally diverse faculty. More than 25% of our students are federal Pell Grant recipients, one-third of our students are first-generation college students, and about 20% of our students identify as domestic students of color. Wabash has been home to the Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies for more than fifty years, is a member of the USC Race and Equity Center’s Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance, is a top-60 Liberal Arts College according to U.S. News, and is a member of Colleges That Change Lives.

Application Instructions

Applications, including a letter of application, current CV, description of teaching philosophy, two to three examples of syllabi from previous courses taught if applicable, email addresses for three persons who will submit confidential letters of recommendation, and at least two representative examples of production work (such as photos, professional reviews, or Vimeo links to filmed clips of a particular project) should be submitted online at Review of applications will begin March 1, 2024 and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position should be directed to James M. Cherry, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department, at Application questions may be directed to Ms. Julia Phipps, Academic Administrative Coordinator,

Wabash seeks faculty and staff who are committed to providing quality engagement with students, high levels of academic challenge and support, and meaningful experiences that prepare students for life and leadership among diverse populations around the globe. Wabash is an equal opportunity employer.


Ms. Julia Phipps
Academic Administrative Coordinator
Wabash College
P.O. Box 352
Crawfordsville, IN 47933

For general questions about the position or the department, contact:

Dr. James Cherry
Department Chair


« Return to Listings