Job Description Summary: The Wig & Makeup Artisan (WMA) leads the Conservatory's Wig & Makeup Design major, mentors design students in Conservatory productions, and teaches students across the design programs. WMA advises and recruits in collaboration with the full-time faculty. WMA is a joint appointment with The Repertory Theatre St. Louis and part-time work in The Rep's wig and makeup operations is required, as delineated by The Rep.
Minimum Qualifications BA or BFA plus practical professional experience in Wig and Makeup Design is critical for this position. Functional/Technical Skills* Minimum five years experience in higher education and /or professional theatre work Knowledge of facial hair and wig construction: beards, mustaches, sideburns, fronts, and toupees Knowledge of ventilating or hand tying Knowledge of wig setting and styling with human and/or synthetic hair Great understanding of makeup and hairdressing techniques, contemporary and period Excellent knowledge of makeup products, techniques, and technologies Excellent communication and interpersonal skills Superior attention to detail Creative mindset and artistic personality Deep understanding of health and safety rules
Preferred Qualifications MFA is preferred, but professional experience can be determined equivalent to a graduate degree. Cosmetology license preferred.
Essential Duties Teach instructional units within Conservatory block: Wig & Makeup Tech; Wig & Makeup I, II, and III; Makeup for Actors; and Costume Seminar Mentor wig & makeup designers in Conservatory productions (~7/academic year plus Opera Studio Scenes for the Department of Music in 2020-21) Attend faculty and production meetings Maintain shop supplies and supervise shop safety protocols Fulfill part-time duties as assigned by the Repertory Theatre St. Louis, including:* 1. Produce wigs/facial hair and specialty makeup needs for: 6 Mainstage, 3 Studio and 3 ITC Productions 2. Daily maintenance of current productions (Tuesday-Sunday. Matinee Wednesdays & Weekends) 3. Provide finished wigs/makeup for publicity photoshoots 4. Work with Costume Designer and Costume Shop Manager to facilitate the needs of each production 5. Attend Technical/Dress rehearsals 6. Schedule and attend wig and makeup fittings 7. Work/Communicate with the Crafts Dept. in regards to hats and hairpieces 8. Follow Equity Handbook on cleaning/wig maintenance Secondary Duties and Responsibilities Advise Wig & Makeup Majors Participate in recruitment Supervise work study students Mentor students working in professional partner institutions *It is important to note that the needs/priorities of two separate organizations can be different.
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