Assistant Wig Master - 2020 Season

Assistant Wig Master - 2020 Season

CATEGORY: Technical

Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Ashland, OR 97520

Job Details


The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is hiring for Assistant Wig Masters for our 2020 season. This position is responsible for assisting the Wig Masters with the creation and execution of wigs, hair styles and specialty makeup for productions as assigned by the Wig and Hair Supervisor and designed by the Costume Designer. This position also assists with the day to day operation of the Wig and Hair Department as assigned. Participates in the running of productions and maintenance of wigs for one or more productions during the performance season.

This is a full-time, non-exempt, hourly position that is covered by a collective bargaining agreement with IATSE Local 154.

All Oregon Shakespeare Festival employees are expected to understand and embrace our mission statement, in particular how it is reflected in our commitment to respect and represent diverse ideas, races, genders, sexualities, abilities, cultures, religions, and traditions- on stage and off. OSF company members work in a manner that is consistent with this commitment and work to interrupt behaviors that hinder our diversity and inclusion efforts.

Pay Rate: $20.37/hour

Interviews will start at the end of September/beginning of October 2019

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

  1. Attends Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, (ED&I) sexual harassment, and any other anti-bias training and workshops as scheduled by the institution.
  2. Model and support the mission and values.
  3. Assists assigned Wig Master with all aspects of the show build process including but not limited to; prioritizing and organizing large casted shows, attending fittings as needed, recording and organizing fitting information, building & styling and executing specialty makeup for assigned OSF productions
  4. Attends all technical and dress rehearsals of assigned shows, takes notes and completes alterations.
  5. Performs work in a manner that supports OSF’s Mission, Values & Vision and it commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  6. Sets up, prioritizes and delegates ventilating projects to wig crew members.
  7. Present for all technical and dress rehearsals of assigned shows, takes notes and assists with alterations.
  8. Participates in rotation of running productions & maintenance of wigs as assigned by Wig and Hair Room Supervisor.
  9. Executes wig/hair changes, including some quick changes as established through work with Wardrobe staff and Stage Management. There might be some assistance to wardrobe costume changes as needed but on a limited basis.
  10. Has oversight and maintains integrity of shows throughout the season.
  11. Work load may include more complex and labor-intensive projects.
  12. Assists with the creation of run sheets for assigned show tracks as needed
  13. Participates in the upkeep and cleanliness of the wig rooms, stock and common wig department areas.
  14. Recommends, supplies, tools and materials for general seasonal and show specific inventory.
  15. Duties may include: fulfilling order requests, monitoring pantry inventory and dressing room kits and; communicates with Stage Managers regarding Run Crew and actor issues related to wigs, and intercedes in such issues when appropriate.

Education: Three years of experience as an Assistant Wig Master and/or Wig and Hair Technician or a combined three years of theatrical wig making/ run crew professional experience and a BA, MFA, or certification from accredited programs specializing in theatrical wig making.

Work Experience: Excellent organization skills including but not limited to: show bibles, show maintenance scheduling, strike scheduling/ process and prioritizing work tasks for large casted shows. Must have 3+ years of moderate to advanced knowledge of theatrical wig making and hair styling. Must have proficient knowledge and experience in the following areas: ventilation, wig cap construction (closures (tops), fronts, fully hand tied), facial hair construction, working with a diverse range of hair textures, styling actors natural hair. Knowledge of the history of both men’s and women’s contemporary and period hair styles. Preferred knowledge of diverse makeup types: Stage, Beauty, Fantasy, Period, Special Effects, Prosthetics etc. Excellent organization, communication, problem solving and building skills. Must have the abilities to take direction and multi-task while prioritizing assignments and work schedule. Possesses a high level of time management, work flow management, interpersonal and collaborative communications skills.Maintains a professional attitude when working in a fast paced environment.


Sick & Vacation Time
Relocation support for eligible employees
Health & Wellness Plan
Flexible Spending Account
Retirement Plan & Company Match
Employee Assistance Program
Long Term Disability
Paid Holidays
Complimentary Tickets to OSF productions and other select events
Discounts at select local businesses

About the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Located in the beautiful Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon, our Tony Award-Winning company of extraordinary artists present seasons of ten to twelve plays in rotating repertory between the months of February/March and October. A robust and highly dedicated staff of over 500 employees produces these performances each season across three venues: the Allen Elizabethan, Thomas, and Bowmer Theatres. Inspired by Shakespeare's work and the cultural richness of the United States, the productions on our stages reveal our collective humanity through illuminating interpretations of new and classic plays, deepened by the kaleidoscope of rotating repertory and guided by our values of Excellence, Inclusion, Company, and Stewardship. We are also excited to usher in a new creative era this season as recently announced Artistic Director Nataki Garrett takes the helm!

In addition to our main stage plays, we offer an eclectic array of enrichment programs for audiences and staff alike including backstage tours, educational workshops, prefaces, prologues, a lecture series and the Green Show. We also partner with local organizations and community members on a number of immersive events and celebrations including an annual Martin Luther King, Jr Day Celebration, Juneteenth Celebration and Daedalus Project.

Why Should I Apply:
Be a part of an industry-leading professional non-profit regional theatre in its 84th season with a rich history and that values arts, excellence, and inclusion. OSF is nestled in a scenic mountain valley near the Oregon-California border where the weather is idyllic with mild winters and hot, dry summers. We are one of the only regional theatres of our size and caliber that is not located in a major metropolitan area! Southern Oregonians love the outdoors, and because of our non-urban setting, an abundance of stunning rivers and lakes, nearby state and national parks, hiking trails, outdoor music venues, white-water rafting and hang gliding excursions are just outside the front door. Southern Oregon also offers robust culinary experiences with dozens of top-notch restaurants, local breweries, charming cafes, and award-winning wineries. We care about community, and our region’s dedication to supporting local businesses and agriculture is notable. Our employee benefits are first-rate, too!

At OSF we believe that diverse ideas, cultures and traditions reflect the broad diversity of the nation and enrich our insights into the work we present on stage. We are committed to diversity in all areas of our work, including play selection, casting, marketing and public relation efforts, education programs, strategic recruitment of staff and volunteers, and the composition of the Board of Directors. People of color and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

If you wish to apply for this position please be prepared to provide:


3 work references (name, email and phone number)

A cover letter is requested but not required.

Only complete applications will be considered. No phone calls please.


IATSE Local 154





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