Dresser / Intern



The Saugatuck Center for the Arts (SCA) is a non-profit arts and cultural organization serving West Michigan’s lakeshore community. We offer year-round live performances, classes, and workshops for adults and children, outreach programs, festivals, exhibitions, a farmer’s market, and professional theatre in the summer through Mason Street Warehouse (MSW), an Equity theatre company.


This position and/or internship will provide selected candidates with the opportunity to learn and work alongside professional Equity and non-Equity theatre personnel, applying and enhancing their knowledge bases.  Dressers and Dresser Interns are expected to perform each and every duty and obligation with due diligence and to the best of their knowledge, skill, judgment, and ability. The Dresser is expected to devote such amounts of time, energy and skill as may be necessary to perform the duties required hereunder.  Hours are dependent on performance times and include evenings and weekends. Training (an internship) is available to those with an interest, but little or no Dresser experience. A simple skills test or questionnaire may be administered to identify candidates’ strengths and areas for learning.

Opportunities, duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting performers with costume changes as directed by the Wardrobe Supervisor, Stage Manager, Costume Designer and other authorized technical personnel
  • Timely attendance at all technical rehearsals and dress rehearsals, performances, and photo calls
  • Minor costume repairs and quick fixes
  • Minor costume maintenance
  • Meeting with theatre personnel, the Producer, the Board of Directors and/or others as designated by the Artistic Director


  • Ability to pay attention and follow verbal and written directions
  • Ability to work quickly, problem solve, and keep cool in stressful situations
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Leadership abilities
  • Basic sewing skills
  • Has appropriate physical strength/condition to perform physical tasks such as moving full costume racks
  • Must be comfortable and discreet around undressed actors

REPORTS TO: The Dresser and the Dresser Intern report directly to the Wardrobe Supervisor and the (Equity) Stage Manager.  Final employment authority is with the Producer and Artistic Director.

COMMITMENT: This is a temporary independent contractor position running for the length of a production, generally 3-4 weeks.  It is possible to hold this position for more than one production per season. Tentative 2020 dates are June 15 – July 13, and/or August 3 – 31.

COMPENSaTION: Negotiable. Housing may be available. 

College credit:  It is the student Intern’s responsibility to arrange for college credit at his/her school.  MSW/SCA is happy to assist by completing requested evaluations, reports or other documentation.

TO APPLY:  Please supply a cover letter and resume (with reference contact information) to: Ellen Engle, MSW Producer / SCA Performance Manager, ellen@sc4a.org 

DEADLINE: Submissions will be accepted until March 20.