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Join Our Team


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Employment opportunities at Birmingham Children’s Theatre are available to all, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, veteran's status, age, marital status, sexual orientation or disability. In addition, we will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified employees and applicants with disabilities unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the positions listed below.

Birmingham Children's Theatre is an equal opportunity employer.


Position: Costume Shop Manager 

Full Time

Birmingham Children’s Theatre is seeking a Costume Shop Manager to join our dedicated and hard-working team. The Costume Shop Manager will oversee and execute the costume creation for all BCT productions, oversee all costume rentals, manage the daily operations of the costume shop including maintaining costume stock, shop equipment, ordering supplies, supervising overhire stitchers, and have an active role in the execution of all productions and related activities.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  

  • Plans the operation of the costume shop for the entire season of theatrical productions and for individual productions

  • Performs the construction, alteration, repair, cleaning/maintenance and storage of theatrical costumes

  • Establishes and maintains the budgets for productions, including allocating funds and labor to each project 

  • Inventory and maintain BCT’s costume stock

  • Create and manage a costume rental system

  • Supervises dress rehearsals, show wardrobe and laundry

  • Coordinates space usage for cast dressing needs 

  • Oversees and inventories donations of clothing and materials to costume shop

  • Strikes costumes after each production

  • Performs other related duties as required.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • High school diploma and 2 years of experience in costuming, sewing, or other closely related field

  • Must have working knowledge of theater production operations and procedures, supervisory practices and principles, principles and practices and techniques of costume construction, various eras and appearance of vintage clothing

  • Skills in making patterns, cutting, draping, sewing, dying and fitting costumes

  • Experience with Wigs and Theatrical Makeup is preferred

  • Costume Design experience is preferred

  • Must be able to work some evenings and weekends when needed

The Costume Shop Manager reports directly to the Production Manager. All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry. 

START DATE: June or July 2019

TO APPLY: Please email cover letter and resume along with a list of three references to the attention of Stephen Fister at sfister@bct123.org. Please type “Costume Shop Manager” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. 

Birmingham Children's Theatre exists to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of children through the magic of professional theatre. One of the nation's oldest and largest professional theatre companies for young audiences, BCT produces high-quality, professional theatrical entertainment and curriculum-relevant arts education experiences for children and families. In-house productions annually play to over 85,000 school students in grades K-12, while BCT tours reach over 65,000 additional students each year in approximately 100 cities across Alabama and the Southeast.

Birmingham Children’s Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. For more information about Birmingham Children’s Theatre, please visit: http://www.bct123.org/join-our-team


Volunteers and Ushers

BCT needs volunteers and ushers for 2018-2019! 

  • Do you enjoy working with children and the public?

  • Would you like to contribute to an extraordinary cultural and educational environment?

  • Are you enthusiastic about the arts and live theatre?

If you said yes, then our volunteer or usher program may be perfect for you! Whether seating a classroom of pre-schoolers about to enjoy their first live theatre performance or helping a family of six find seats together for a weekend performance, ushers ensure that BCT patrons enjoy the very best experience possible during their time at the theatre. Our offices could not run without our wonderful volunteers who help with various tasks that help our organization function!

Ushers are needed for School Performances, which take place on weekday mornings, and Family Day Performances, which take place on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons. 

If you would like more information on BCT's volunteer or usher programs, please contact Lauren Sanderlin by email or phone at (205) 458-8899.

To Apply: Email your résumé lauren@bct123.org or may be mailed to:

Birmingham Children's Theatre
Attn. Volunteer
P.O. Box 1362
Birmingham, AL35201


Internships: Fall/spring/summer

Birmingham Children's Theatre offers full- or part-time internships to qualified high school, college undergraduate or graduate students of the performing arts, arts education or arts administration. Areas for internship may include Production, Development, Sales, Administration or Education.

First preference will be given to college students who have already acquired some basic training and experience in theatre, arts education, or development of non-profits and are ready for the next step toward a career in one of these fields. Anyone over the age of 16 who is interested should apply. Applicants should:

  • Have a passion for working with young people

  • Have a strong respect for the collaborative nature of theatre

  • Be willing to engage in the creative process

  • Have an excellent sense of humor

  • Be reliable

  • Know how to be part of a team, but also how and when to take initiative and get things done.

Academic Credit
BCT will help any student needing to fulfill specific credit requirements by working with faculty advisors from participating schools. All arrangements for credit must be made by intern. Please provide any paperwork with application.

Evaluations 
Each intern will participate in a variety of evaluative measures with department managers throughout the duration of the internship. Interns will be required to complete self-evaluation forms. There will also be periodic, face to face evaluations to discuss progress, plan for future goals and assess program expectations. Final evaluation will be sent to faculty advisor.

Payment and Housing
We are currently offering unpaid internships. At this time BCT does not offer housing.

How to Apply

Please click here to fill out an online application.

Please contact lauren@bct123.org with questions or call 205-458-8899.


Script Submission - New Voices Project

BCT's ongoing New Voices Project has commissioned over 50 original scripts, stories, musicals and adaptations for young audiences since 1982 alone, and maintains a commitment to discovering new voices among playwrights, and the presentation and experimentation in dramatic literature for youth. Generally, Wee Folks productions (ages 4 to 8) are limited to no more than 4 actors (doubling possible), Mainstage Touring productions (ages 6 and up) are limited to no more than 8 actors (doubling possible), and Mainstage In-house Only productions vary depending on budget and artistic requirements. Unsolicited scripts may be submitted for consideration of upcoming seasons (please note BCT schedules 1 ½ year in advance). In order for your script to be considered, submit each of the following:

  • a copy of the entire script;

  • a synopsis of no more than one page;

  • a character breakdown;

  • music tracks and lead sheets (if a musical);

  • playwright’s resume and references.

Submissions with missing components will not be considered. All materials may be sent in electronic format or through the U.S. Mail to:

Birmingham Children’s Theatre
Attn: Brandon Bruce
P.O.Box 1362
Birmingham, AL 35201

or via email to brandon@bct123.org.  No phone calls, please. Submissions will not be returned. 


Design Teams

BCT employs directors, choreographers, scenic designers, costume designers, sound designers/engineers, lighting designers, musicians and other theatre technicians for each production on our season. If you are interested in joining a Production Team for one of our upcoming productions, please forward a complete professional portfolio to:

Birmingham Children’s Theatre
Attn: Stephen Fister
P.O.Box 1362
Birmingham, AL 35201

or via email to sfister@bct123.org.  No phone calls, please.