Costume interns work directly with professional costume designers as well as professional drapers, stitchers and a craft artisan to assist in all areas of costume construction and work on the wardrobe crew during the run of the professional productions.
The internship provides an opportunity to learn new skills and to improve and practice the techniques that will allow you to thrive in a professional costume shop. Candidates should have strong sewing skills and a desire to learn in a hands-on environment.
While most of the work is directing involved with costume construction and maintenance, there are design opportunities for the Apprentice/Intern Production.
In the summer of 2016, season 13 of GRSF, I was a costume intern. I not only got hired for a great internship, I found a supportive, creative family of wildly talented individuals. Many of my good friends and my older brother had worked with Great River Shakespeare Festival, and they had nothing but exclamations of joy and gratitude for being a part of such a wonderful, involved group of artists. I couldn’t wait to apply for a job myself. Once hired, I found that all of the exclamations of excitement I had heard did not serve to encompass the joy I felt in my own experience. It was a summer of magic. The professional experience I gained was astounding. I not only learned how to be a professional in the costume industry, I learned how to be an artist in the theatre. The network of friends I made, I still call my family. The scenery was gorgeous. And the experience was like none other. I loved it so much that I came back to Great River Shakespeare Festival,for a second season as the Wardrobe Supervisor. I couldn’t imagine my summer being spent anywhere else. I’m from Texas, and I go to school in Indiana, I think there is a lot to be said about a Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minnesota that attracts artists from all over the country.
Hilary Rubio, Costume Intern