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17 May 2021


Wigs and Makeup Supervisor

Guthrie Theater  Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Job Description

Reports to: Costume Director

The Wigs and Makeup Supervisor is responsible for and oversees the provision of wigs, hair and makeup for Guthrie productions.
This position project manages and leads the build and tech processes and provides overall leadership and supervision to the Wigs and Makeup department.  Reporting to the Costume Director, the Wigs and Makeup Supervisor collaborates closely with Costumes, Crafts, Wardrobe, and other production departments at the Guthrie.  All employees are expected to center, model and champion the Guthrie’s core values of Artistic Excellence, Community, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Fiscal Responsibility.

This position is full-time, exempt and benefits-eligible.
Compensation for this position is $50,800 – $63,500 annually plus benefits.
The typical schedule for this role will vary based on the dynamic schedule of a theater.

The Guthrie is dedicated to building an equitable environment that is mixed across lines of difference and strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, transgender and non-binary candidates.  This position will remain open until filled and until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply.

1. Build Process Project Management

  • Prepare and organize design information so that wigs and hairpieces and can be built by shop employees in a timely, safe, and resource efficient manner.
  • Prepare a build, maintenance, and strike plan for each production based on the available staff labor and the calendar issued by production management.
  • Communicate design changes to wig staff and the appropriate members of the production team.
  • Coordinate, execute, and document fittings.
  • Respond to and communicate rehearsal notes to Wig Assistants on an ongoing basis.
  • Supervise wig construction and fittings, haircuts, and hair styling.
  • Monitor wig, hairpiece and actor hair continuity for the run of a production.
  • Schedule and supervise off-site services such as braiding and color treatments.
  • Prepare specialty makeup designs, based on costume designer’s research or sketch.
  • Source and provide specialty makeup as needed.
  • Assist and instruct actors as necessary in application of specialty makeup, including applications of tattoos and covering existing tattoos.

2. Designer Collaboration and Support

  • Form a highly functioning and mutually supportive team with the Costume Director, Costume Workroom Manager, Wardrobe Supervisor, and Design Assistants.
  • Consult with designers and production department members on any relevant issues that arise during the production process which pertain to any areas of responsibility.
  • Attend production meetings, design meetings, production department head meetings, and all-staff meetings.

3. Tech Process

  • Prepare a wig plot and other paperwork as needed for wig and wardrobe technicians.
  • Meet with Wig and Wardrobe Technicians prior to tech to introduce them to the wigs/makeup and their use.
  • Attend dress rehearsals and previews as needed to support the designer, actors, and shop staff.
  • Facilitate timely and accurate completion of tech notes by troubleshooting backstage.
  • Distribute, communicate, and implement notes and design changes throughout the tech process.

4. Leadership and Supervision

  • Lead, manage and supervise Wig Assistants and Overhire.
  • Actively participate in team building, fostering a work environment of Artistic Excellence, Community, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and Fiscal Responsibility.
  • Complete monthly check-ins with all direct reports using the organizational monthly check-in form.
  • Ensure information about productions, the Guthrie, and the department is communicated with employees on a timely basis.
  • Recruit, hire, and orient Wig Assistants and Overhire to ensure quality work.
  • Coach and develop staff members by monitoring the quality of employees’ work and providing constructive feedback; facilitating conflict resolution among employees; ensuring adherence to legal and organizational policies and procedures and undertaking disciplinary actions if the need arises; and completing annual performance evaluations.
  • Proactively plan and foster communication with Costume Director, Costume Designer, and wig shop on upcoming shows.
  • Manage the work flow and distribution of labor for the build of each show.
  • Facilitate timing of crossover projects among costume workroom, crafts/dye, and wig shops.

5. Administration

  • Work with Production Management to manage budget to ensure effective utilization of financial resources.
  • Project and manage expenses on a per-show basis.
  • Analyze and monitor wig shop budgets, both annual and show-by-show.
  • Prepare purchase orders and budget reports as required.
  • Work collaboratively with other departments to determine and implement archival systems about each production for future reference.
  • Ensure all pertinent information regarding productions and wig department operations is available to all relevant personnel and updated in all file sharing and storage locations as required.
  • Recruit and collaborate with subcontractors as needed.
  • Act as the Wig Department liaison on other Guthrie projects and programs.

6. Shop Maintenance

  • Manage wig shop and wig run room facilities, supplies, and equipment in order to provide a well-stocked, efficient, and safe working environment.
  • Maintain a basic inventory of tools and supplies for both shops.
  • Order wig and makeup supplies for current and upcoming productions.
  • Facilitate maintenance of wig equipment.
  • On behalf of the wig shop, communicate facility maintenance needs to the Facilities department.


  • Extensive experience in a professional theater wig department, or a combination of equivalent experience and training.
  • Cosmetology license/cosmetology training preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership, supervision and project management experience.
  • Demonstrated professional diplomacy in personnel management and designer collaboration.
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing budgets and labor estimates to keep projects within an acceptable timeframe, budget, and scope.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to work with and suggest modifications to designs to suit specific actors.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office® products, specifically Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Knowledge of IATSE collective bargaining agreements preferred.
  • Knowledge of current best health and safety practice within the US Theatre Industry.
  • Skill and experience in creative problem solving to meet the artistic needs of the show within time and financial requirements.
  • Knowledge of period hairstyles from ancient to modern, to advise and collaborate with the Costume Designer.
  • Knowledge and understanding of costume history.
  • Experience working with and knowledge of hair and makeup products to determine their use in productions.
  • Knowledge of all aspects of wig making, hair styling, and theatrical makeup techniques.
  • Ability to visualize two-dimensional images (research and sketches) in three dimensions, to interpret research and costume renderings.
  • Ability to research and design hairstyles to assist designers with actor-specific choices.
  • Ability to balance scale and scope of productions with designers and production management while allocating, and advocating for, appropriate time and resources needed by employees to realize designers’ vision.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and respond calmly and efficiently to frequent changes during the production and rehearsal process.
  • Strong commitment to safety and ergonomics in the workplace.
  • Experience, ability, and commitment to working with individuals and teams that are mixed across lines of difference such as race, gender-identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class and immigrant status.
  • Must be willing and able to work flexible hours/days, including evenings and weekends, reflective of the dynamic schedule of the theater.

Applicants must submit the following to be considered for the position:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

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Full-Time Job in Theatre:
Wigs and Makeup Supervisor
Guthrie Theater
 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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