Costume Assistant – Contract Position

The Canadian Opera Company (“COC”) is looking for a Costume Assistant covering a contract period from July 22, 2019 to May 1, 2020. 

The Costume Assistant will be part of our Production department and will work directly with the Costume Coordinators to organize, prepare and fit costumes for our 2019/2020 season.


  • Learn the requirements and design of each production and work closely with the Costume Coordinators to organize costumes for chorus, dancers and supernumeraries
  • Collect and assign shoes, accessories and laundry
  • Set up the room and attend fittings
  • Record, organize and distribute fitting notes
  • Monitor and collect the alterations from the workroom
  • Update dresser sheets and laundry lists
  • Inventory, label and prepare costumes for the theatre
  • Liaise with Crew at the theatre
  • Execute notes from rehearsals
  • Assist in load outs and the maintenance of costume storage
  • Follow all Health and Safety practices


  • Post-secondary diploma in theatre and/or fashion
  • Knowledge of garment construction, sewing and alterations
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Theatre experience
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office
  • Willingness and availability to work evenings and weekends as required


Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC is increasingly capturing the opera world’s attention. The COC maintains its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation by creating new productions within its diverse repertoire, collaborating with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracting the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the Four Seasons Centre opened in 2006. For more information on the COC, visit


Interested persons are invited to submit their resume and cover letter no later than Thursday, June 20, 2019 to:

Sandra Corazza
Costume Supervisor
Canadian Opera Company
227 Front St. E. Toronto, ON M5A 1E8

[email protected]

The Canadian Opera Company thanks, in advance, all applicants, however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted.  No phone calls or agencies please.

The COC is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities in all parts of the hiring process. If you require an accommodation, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

Phone: 416-363-8231

Toll Free: 1-800-250-4653

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