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Wig Assistant

CATEGORY: Technical

Denver Center of the Performing Arts
Denver, CO

Job Details


Job purpose
The Wig Assistant is a part of a core union team that is responsible assisting in the implementation, and for the care and maintenance of finished/stylized wigs, hair pieces and makeup designs as used in Denver Center Theatre Company, Education, and Off-Center productions. The Wig Assistant provides hands on assistance with wigs and costumes to actors in their dressing rooms and/or backstage while contributing to the effective and efficient running of all productions and events to the highest standard.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Wig construction (ventilating) and styling.
  • Maintenance of finished wigs for assigned productions from technical rehearsals through run of show. (Includes wig repair, washing, setting, and styling.)
  • Fill out an individual run sheet and maintain a clean working copy through the run on the shared folder. Assist in building the shows look book.
  • Look over all wig pieces prior to each performance and make sure they are show ready.
  • Ensure presets of wigs and supplies prior to show are placed in their correct positions.
  • Assisting actors with wig prep, putting on wigs, makeup and dressing changes including quick changes. Dressing all female, male and non-binary actors in the production as assigned by the Wardrobe Supervisor.
  • Assist with preshow load-in and strike.
  • Maintain a clean and safe workspace in all areas of wardrobe.
  • Collaborate professionally with Supervisors, fellow Wardrobe and Wig team members, Stage Management team, Actors and Stage crew.
  • Attend rehearsals as needed. 
  • Reports to the Wardrobe Supervisor and Wig Supervisor


  • Ideal candidate is self-motivated and detailed oriented with a positive attitude.
  • Must have strong wig building skills and wig maintenance skills.
  • Skillset should include knowledge of all hair and skin types.
  • Knowledge of period hairstyles and makeup.
  • Makeup and special effects skills helpful (knowledge of prosthetics a plus)
  • Must have the ability to execute tasks and collaborate efficiently and in a timely manner.
  • Keeping a well-organized workspace in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Problem solves with the ability to work independently and as part of the team.
  • Cosmetology license preferred.

Supervisor responsibilities

No direct reports

Working conditions

This position requires some lifting, working under tight timelines, problem solving, and flexible schedule, including nights, weekends, student matinees and some holidays. Must be available to attend all dress rehearsals and performance dates.

Physical requirements

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands, handling and working with tools. The employee is occasionally required to work with industry chemicals; stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Direct reports

No direct reports


The benefit package is managed by the IATSE Union which includes medical benefits and time off.

PLEASE NOTE: The Denver Center for the Performing Arts has implemented a COVID-19 requirement, all employees must be vaccinated and present proof of their vaccination.


$25.00 – $25.00 per hour







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