Job Information

University of Utah Wig Master/Makeup Artist in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 07/27/2023

Requisition Number PRN35826B

Job Title Staff Specialist

Working Title Wig Master/Makeup Artist

Job Grade UGR

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Variable

Work Schedule Summary

9-5 M-F, varied depending on the demands of any given show.

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00072 - Pioneer Theatre Company

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 35,600 to 52,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Responsible for styling and construction of wigs and facial hair, designing and supervising show makeup as needed, and overseeing styling of actor’s own hair and makeup as needed, for 7 productions for Pioneer Theatre Company, a professional regional theater, and 4 mainstage productions for the University of Utah’s Department of Theatre.



Collaborate and coordinate with the costume designer, often executing their design and filling in the gaps as needed. This is not a separate design position in traditional sense.

o Must be familiar with period styles and costume history

o Must be able to read and analyze scripts for possible hair and makeup requirements

o Must be able to clearly express ideas, and be good at research

o Must be able to meet deadlines

o Must be able to work with and handle a wide variety of personalities

o Must have experience handling budgets

o Must be able to use a computer

o Must be organized

o Work closely with the costume crafts and millinery artists

o Work with stage management to arrange fittings

o Must have strong communication skills and be detail oriented

o Must attend production meetings for all PTC and U of U mainstage productions

o Must attend all rehearsals during dress rehearsal week to opening

o Must be familiar with AEA rules regarding wigs, makeup, and actors using their own hair.

o Teaching actors any makeup as needed for the productions, including making instructional makeup charts, and procurement of makeup as per AEA rules.

o Training wardrobe crew to handle, apply, and remove wigs and facial hair for performances.

o Maintaining the wigs and facial hair during run of production following AEA rules.

o Willingness to work with young students interested in hair and makeup design from the Department of Theatre, often mentoring and supervising them if they are assigned a mainstage design

o Training and utilizing student interns as necessary.

o Training wig and makeup crew for student mainstage productions

o Hiring assistants as budgeted.

o Procurement of wig studio supplies and materials.


This position may be subject to call and might involve work on a holiday when a production is in dress rehearsals.

Minimum Qualifications

o A minimum of 3 years of professional experience

o Wig construction – fronts, toupees, full wigs, etc.

o Facial hair construction – beards, moustaches, sideburns

o Ventilating or hand-tying

o Wig setting and styling with human and/ or synthetic hair

o Cutting wigs into proper shape for setting and styling

o Experience rigging wigs and facial hair for quick changes

o Altering and repairing wigs and pieces



• Cosmetology license

• Experience working with stage blood and other special effects

• Experience constructing, applying, and removing prosthetics and connections to artists who can construct or do said special effects

• Experience collaborating with the sound department during musicals

• Experience working with professional designers and directors

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Please email resume and portfolio to: and/or

Additional Information

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students and patients from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented students and patients.

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

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