The Costume Designer finds, makes, and/or coordinates costumes for the cast. He/she reports to the Technical Director, but should also communicate well with the director to ensure that the costumes are consistent with his/her concept of the show. Costume designing is a big job involving a lot of work, and the Costume Designer should attempt to get as much help as possible. The Costume Designer may also be called upon to provide makeup assistance.
For some shows, the costume designer may primarily select costumes from our stock, and locating others that can be borrowed or rented from other theater groups around MIT and the community. Usually a few costumes must be built from scratch, but the rest only need to be fitted to the actors. Other times, the costume designer may literally design most of the costumes to be worn on stage, and organize a team to sew them. In this case, it is helpful to have a Master Seamstress (or Stitcher, or Tailor) who manages the majority of the actual construction, and a large team of people to help.
The Costume Crew assists the Master Stitcher/Tailor/Seamstress in building the costumes for the show.