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Costumer for Arsenic & Old Lace

The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI is in need of a costume designer for our July 2024 production of Arsenic and Old Lace. A comedy for 3 women and 11 men set in the living room of the Brewster home in Brooklyn.

“Drama critic Mortimer Brewster’s engagement announcement is upended when he discovers a corpse in his elderly aunts’ window seat. Mortimer rushes to tell Abby and Martha before they stumble upon the body themselves, only to learn that the two old women aren’t just aware of the dead man in their parlor, they killed him! Between his aunts’ penchant for poisoning wine, a brother who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, and another brother using plastic surgery to hide from the police—not to mention Mortimer’s own hesitancy about marriage—it’ll be a miracle if Mortimer makes it to his wedding. ARSENIC AND OLD LACE is a classic black comedy about the only thing more deadly than poison: family.”

  • ABBY BREWSTER
  • THE REV. DR. HARPER
  • TEDDY BREWSTER
  • OFFICER BROPHY
  • OFFICER KLEIN
  • MARTHA BREWSTER
  • ELAINE HARPER
  • MORTIMER BREWSTER
  • MR. GIBBS
  • JONATHAN BREWSTER
  • DR. EINSTEIN
  • OFFICER O’HARA
  • LIEUTENANT ROONEY
  • MR. WITHERSPOON

The Phipps now has a small crew of costume shop volunteers and a part time shop supervisor to assist the costume designer in the execution of the design.


Production: Arsenic & Old Lace

Location: John H. Potter Theatre (247 seat Proscenium Theatre)

Director: Michelle Schwantes

Dates: 7/12/2024-7/28/2024

  • Preliminary Costume Designs Due: 3/28/2024
  • Auditions: 4/8/2024-4/11/2024 (based on 6 weeks rehearsal)
  • Company Meeting/Measurements: 5/20/2024
  • Rehearsal Clothes Due: 5/31/2024
  • Load-In: 6/24/2024-6/28/2024
  • Tech Weekend: 7/6/2024-7/7/2024
  • Dress Rehearsals: 7/8/2024-7/11/2024 (ALL Production Staff required)
  • Strike: 7/28/2024 (ALL Production Staff required)

Production Staff: Costume Designer

Position: $1,000


Interested parties should send a cover letter and resume to Mark Koski, Production Director, at MKoski@ThePhipps.org. Position to be filled ASAP.

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Production Staff

The Phipps is currently seeking paid theatrical support roles (directors, designers, stage managers, technicians, crew, and more) to work on our many seasonal events from theater to dance to concerts.

The Phipps is a multi-use performing arts space. We produce and present events on our 250 seat, proscenium mainstage “John H. Potter Theater”, our intimate 125 seat Black Box Theater, as well as performance, music and dance recitals throughout our studios and galleries.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to mkoski@thephipps.org


Base Rates for Production Support Roles:

Director: $1,200

Lighting Designer: $1,000

Scenic Designer: $1,100

Costume Designer: $1,000 + Production?

Props Designer: $500

Sound Designer: $500 play/ $850 musical (+ additional for mixing)

Choreographer: $1,000

Music Director: $1,000 + additional for conducting TBD

Stage Manager: $1,000