Costume Policies

  • Professional conduct requires that actors attend the following events
    • measurement charts for each season
    • costume fittings
    • make-up consultations and pre-show application
    • quick change rehearsals
    • performance dates (in enough time to prepare)
  • Costume Shop keys cannot be loaned out without written authorization from the Staff Costume Designer.
  • Items from the University Player's Costume Shop cannot be removed from the shop or used for purposes other than Costume Shop activity without the written consent of the Costume Designer and the knowledge of the Director of the School of Dramatic Art.
  • All costume running crew are to be treated with respect. Any personality conflict must be reported to the Stage Manager and Costume Designer at the earliest appropriate and private moment.
  • Performers are expected to provide their own basic stage make-up. All performers are responsible for learning, practicing, and applying make-up, as well as dressing their own hairstyles as specified by the Costume Designer. A hair and make-up assistant be made available to help, only with particularly difficult character specific or quick hair & make-up challenges.
  • Costume replacement by any person other than the Costume Designer is forbidden, except in cases of extreme costume failure (i.e., broken zipper, spontaneous combustion, etc.). In such a case, the head of wardrobe will supply an interim costume until such a time as the original costume may be repaired.
  • Purposeful destruction of costumes will result in automatic dismissal from the role or serious disciplinary consequences.
  • The Costume Shop, Dressing Rooms and Green Room are SCENT FREE ZONES!  This includes perfume, cologne, strong body washes and perfumey deodorants. There are light or unscented options to all of these things today.  Choose one.  Failure to do so may result in your being turned away from a fitting.
  • For rehearsal purposes - Female Performers are expected to provide their own character shoes, rehearsal skirts, tights, pantyhose, and appropriate undergarments as specified by the Costume Designer. Male performers are required to own a pair of lace up hard sole dress shoes, a blazer, dress shirt and slacks.  A vest would also be a good idea.  (consider purchasing a 3 piece suit from Value Village rather than using a suit you already own.  There is every chance you will be sweating, crawling, and otherwise using these pieces in a fashion that could prove destructive). Exceptions will be made for unusual requirements, e.g., special effects, wigs, corsets, etc. at the discretion of the Costume Designer.
  • For performance purposes - All Male and Female performers are expected to provide appropriate under-garments, i.e. bras, briefs, dance belts, hose, tights, etc., as specified by the Costume Designer.
  • Performers are required to attend measurement and fitting sessions in a prompt and professional manner, wearing appropriate undergarments (ie. a regular bra, not a sports bra.  Underwear, NOT a thong).
  • Eating and drinking (except for water) is not allowed in the dressing rooms, laundry area, or Costume Shop. Eating and drinking is permitted in the Green Room only. Either eat before you get into costume, change to eat something at intermission or bring a robe or coat that COMPLETELY covers your costume. Exceptions will be made for medical reasons only with a written statement from a doctor.  Performers are required to make such a condition known to the Costume Designer no later than the first week of rehearsals.
  • Costumes are to be worn in the dressing room, green room, backstage, or onstage areas; never outside or in front of house areas. No costume pieces may leave the theatre area.
  • Not all costume pieces can or will be laundered nightly or at all.  It is the performer's responsibility to find out from the costume crew which pieces can be laundered and to place then in the hampers provided.
  • Performers are individually responsible for each costume piece and must properly hang or store each piece neatly in the designated changing areas. Crew will be available for instruction as to proper care, but performers are responsible for keeping the changing areas neat at all times. All performers must be checked out by the costume crew before leaving the dressing room area after each dress rehearsal and performance.
  • It is the responsibility of the performer to be familiar with and plan for the required amount of hair / dressing/ make-up preparation time prior to the places call. After warm-up, a half hour call is often not enough.
  • Costume concerns should be brought directly to the Costume Designer or to the Design Assistant without hesitation. Costume notes from actors during the run of a show must be given to the wardrobe supervisor in writing.
  • The wardrobe supervisor / costume mistress must relay all costume notes in writing to the Stage Manager for inclusion in the Performance Report directly following each performance.
  • University Players will not be responsible for any items of value lost or stolen at rehearsals or productions.  Wallets, purses, and valuables should be left with the Stage Manager to be locked in a secure place.