Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor

The National Ballet of Canada is one of the most exciting, innovative arts institutions in Canada, and is regularly ranked among the top ten ballet companies in the world. Established by founder Celia Franca in 1951, The National Ballet of Canada presents a full range of traditional full-length classics and has been an innovative commissioner of new contemporary work by some of the most important choreographers and designers in the world. The National Ballet is deeply committed to the values of equity, diversity and inclusion across the organization, and through community education programs that bring dance to the broadest possible community.  

The Wardrobe department at the Ballet is where all of the wonderful costumes for each production are built and maintained by a team of highly skilled wardrobe specialists.  Reporting to the Wardrobe Supervisor and supporting our wardrobe department at the Walter Carsen Centre, the Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor performs administrative tasks to help maintain the integrity of the costumes for The National Ballet of Canada.

General Responsibilities Include:

  • Providing administrative support to the Wardrobe Supervisor and Wardrobe Department including but not limited to: general accounting; petty cash, credit card and timesheet submissions
  • Creation and maintenance of show bibles to document research, sketches, and all relative materials pertaining to the build of a production or costume including photographing wardrobe elements for both new and existing productions
  • Creating/maintaining inventories for new and existing productions as needed
  • Managing all communications for the wardrobe department via online calendars and communication boards
  • Organizing and booking fittings for the wardrobe department. Maintenance of fitting rooms as needed
  • Maintenance of and administration of Wardrobe department storage rooms.
  • Assist in laundering and packing productions for storage or rentals
  • With direction from the Wardrobe Supervisor, provide direction to staff fulltime, contract and volunteers.
  • Assist with all department purchasing including materials required for new productions
  • Attend technical and dress rehearsals to assist the Wardrobe Supervisor with maintaining the integrity of the costumes designs and work with the IATSE Head of Wardrobe and crew at the theatre to help solve any concerns
  • Participate in special projects, as assigned by the Wardrobe Supervisor


  • Wardrobe Coordinator, Design Assistant and purchasing experience considered an asset
  • At least two to three years of clerical and administrative experience with basic word and document processing, filing, photocopying, data entry, and other related duties
  • Theatre/Performing Arts production experience essential, with an appreciation and a passion for the performing arts
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications including Sharepoint, Word, Excel as well as Adobe Photoshop
  • Excellent planning, organizing, prioritizing and multi-tasking effectively while managing changing priorities
  • Ability to take initiative and demonstrate a flexible approach in responding to needs as they arise
  • Ability to work independently or as a member of the team, with minimal supervision
  • Hold excellent communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • Strong negotiating skills and diplomacy considered an asset
  • Willingness and availability to work evening and weekends, as required


Qualified candidates are to forward their resume, cover letter and salary expectations as a single PDF document to with the subject heading: "Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor" by no later than September 17, 2021.  Resumes will be reviewed as soon as they are received. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.  This position offers competitive compensation and benefits package commensurate with experience.

The National Ballet of Canada is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible, and equitable environment where employees feel valued and respected.  We are committed to reflect the diversity of our community, our city and our country. We strive to ensure our recruitment and selection processes are bias-free.  We welcome and encourage submissions from Indigenous, Black and People of Colour, the Deaf and disabled as well as individuals of all genders, cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and abilities.  We are committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The Human Resources department will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process.

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