Wig Master 2020 Season

Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Ashland, OR 97520

Job Details


The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is hiring for Wig Masters for our 2020 season. This position is responsible for the creation and execution of wigs, hair styles and specialty makeup for productions as assigned by Wig and Hair Supervisor and designed by the Costume Designer. This position also supervises the construction, fitting and styling of hair, wigs and makeup. Participates in the running of productions and maintenance of wigs for one or more productions during the performance season.

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.

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

Hourly Rate: $23.52

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

Attends Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, (ED&I) sexual harassment, and any other anti-bias training and workshops as scheduled by the institution.

Model and support the mission and values.

Creates and executes the wigs, facial hair and specialty makeup as established by the Costume Designer for assigned productions.

Meets with Costume Designer to determine the look and wig and facial hair count along with actor needs on assigned productions.

Performs work in a manner that supports OSF’s Mission, Values & Vision and it commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Communicates regularly with the Design Assistant and Costume Designer on fitting needs, haircuts/color services and design decisions.

Determines supplies needed for projects. Works with the Wig and Hair Supervisor to coordinate purchasing.

Fabricates wig cap construction, hand tied wigs, fronting purchased wigs, styling actors own hair and specialty makeup application and instruction.

Conducts wig/hair fittings with actors and costume designers for assigned productions.

Prioritizes and organizes large casts and several shows simultaneously.

Teaches, prioritizes and delegates ventilating projects to wig crew members.

Attends all technical and dress rehearsals of assigned shows, takes notes and makes alterations.

Supervises run crew assigned to shows built by Wig Master to apply and remove wigs and basic maintenance techniques.

Has oversight and maintains integrity of shows throughout the season.

Recommends, supplies, tools and materials for general seasonal and show specific inventory.

Participates in rotation of running productions & maintenance of wigs as assigned by Wig and Hair Room Supervisor.

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

Participates in the upkeep and cleanliness of the wig rooms, stock and common wig department areas.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Attends Costume Shop & Wig Room meetings.
  2. Assists in other projects as assigned by Wig and Hair Supervisor.
  3. Notifies Wig Department Supervisor immediately of any damage to wigs or show-related incidents/issues.
  4. Assumes all other Wig Technician Duties and Responsibilities (as needed)
  5. Performs work in a manner that supports OSF’s Mission, Values & Vision and its commitment to diversity and inclusion.


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

Work Experience: Excellent crew management skills including but not limited to: time management, work flow management, and interpersonal and collaborative communications skills.

Qualifications/skills: Must have 4+ years of advanced knowledge of theatrical w ig making and hair styling. Must have advanced 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. 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. Maintains a professional attitude when working in a fast paced environment.

Physical Ability: Must be able to sit and stand for long periods of time. Job requires continuous and repetitive use of hands and wrists, for fine gripping and forceful gripping. Ability to reach above head, lift up to 10 pounds and repeatedly ascend and descend stairs is essential.

Other Skills, Ability and/or Knowledge: Proficient knowledge of styling equipment, ventilation tools, scissors and general hair care and theatrical makeup products. Ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a professional manner. Advanced knowledge of makeup including stage, street, special effects and prosthetics is necessary.

Special Position Requirements: Must be able to pass a background check. Ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a professional manner. Must have the ability to take direction and execute tasks efficiently and according to schedule; ability to work independently; ability to maintain a professional attitude when working in a fast paced environment. Excellent problem solving skills; excellent rapport with actors and designers a must.

Special Hours Requirements: Irregular work schedule including evenings and weekends, generally a 6 day week.

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 our new 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, OSF Out Weekend, 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