LA Opera seeks an Associate Wigmaster. This is a full-time, seasonal contract position. The Associate Wigmaster reports to the Wigmaster and assists with operation and administration of the Wig & Make-Up Department and the preparation and presentation of wigs and make-up for stage use. 

Applicants must have a minimum of three years’ professional experience in wigs and make-up at a supervisory level for the live stage, preferably in opera; three years’ professional experience as a principal wig and make-up artist or hairdresser; three years’ professional experience constructing wigs and facial hair. A cosmetology license and/or applicable advanced education would be a plus.

Candidates should demonstrate:

  • the ability to supervise day-to-day operations, administration, planning and scheduling as needed
  • a high standard of theatrical production procedures and techniques
  • knowledge of historical periods and their appropriate hairstyles
  • knowledge of prosthetics and basic special effects for the stage
  • in-depth knowledge and working experience of wig and facial hair construction and maintenance for stage, telecast and film, including the ability to interpret and realize designs
  • the ability to construct a high volume of wigs and facial hair efficiently, within a limited time period, to high standards
  • knowledge of hair styling and maintenance for stage, telecast and film, including the ability to interpret and realize designs
  • working knowledge of general and advanced make-up application (beauty, character, prosthetics and basic special effects) for stage, telecast and film, including the ability to interpret and realize designs
  • the ability to supervise a large staff
  • the ability to work under pressure, within a tight time schedule
  • the ability to work independently and follow instructions with a minimum amount of supervision
  • strong organizational and administrative skills

Please e-mail cover letter and resume to Jenny Green, Costume Director, at jgreen@laopera.org.