Meet Emily Chlapik '17

Emily Chlapik

Major: Music

Work Study Position: Storre Costume Storage Manager

As costume storage manager, Emily is responsible for working with student groups, Luther’s theatre program, local theatre companies, and teachers who want to rent costumes from the Storre theatre costume loft. In addition to rentals, her main responsibility is to keep the costume loft organized.

How did you get the job?

I found out about the job from my neighbor (in my residence hall) during my first year. We talked about our high school theatre experiences and she told me she was starting a work-study position for the theatre’s costume department. I sent an email to her boss explaining my interest for that position and my past experience with working with costumes in high school. I’ve been working there ever since!

What have you learned about yourself in this role?

Working in costumes has taught me that planning and constant organization is very important. I have to organize my schedule so I can keep track of my short- and long-term commitments.   

What skills have you learned?

This job has taught me so much about fashion history. Identifying clothing based on characteristics from different time periods was something I had to learn and I continue to gain more knowledge in that area.

How do you see your work study experience affecting your future?

As a future music teacher, I’ll use my knowledge of costuming in theatre productions at my school or in the community. I’ve also become very comfortable scheduling and communicating through email. This is a great skill that I’ll carry into my career as an educator and other jobs I may come across in the future.

What type of person do you feel is suited best for your type of work study position?

A costumes manager is someone who is good at organizing and enjoys doing so. It’s also great for people with flexible schedules who can manage working with other people’s agendas.

What is one of the most interesting things that happened on the job?

Old theatres are stereotyped as being haunted. Although I don’t necessarily believe this is true for Storre theatre, there have been times when I’m there alone and get spooked by random banging noises from pipes or possible squirrels or other animals crawling on the roof.

What do you like best your job?

My favorite part about working in Storre theatre is meeting all of the different people who rent costumes through us. I get a little inside scoop as to what’s happening on campus and in the community! It’s always fun to see where people’s creativity takes them and how costumes can enhance the activity they’re involved in.