Wig Mistress/Mister, National Arts Centre

Post Date: 
September 14, 2022
Closing date: 
October 9, 2022
National Arts Centre
Job Description: 

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:
It is the National Arts Centre’s goal to be a more welcoming, inclusive, accessible, and diverse organization for all Canadians. We believe that the basis of this inclusivity requires a socially and culturally diverse workforce and, therefore, we actively seek to recruit candidates who identify as women, Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour (IBPoC), persons from the LGBTQ2+ community and persons with disabilities. We encourage you to self-identify in the recruitment process.

COVID-19 Pandemic
Resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure the safety of all NAC employees, and in keeping with Ottawa Public Health (OPH) guidelines, it is recommended that while working from the NAC employees should wear masks. Whether individuals decide to wear a mask or not, we thank you for being respectful of others’ choices. Additionally, it is recommended to follow OPH guidelines on workplace preventive practices, (such as distancing, masking when distancing is not possible, ventilation, cleaning, workplace testing, and screening programs) to help prevent transmission.

On occasion, the NAC may impose the wearing of masks and the enforcement of rapid testing should it be deemed reasonable and necessary to do so. Due to the nature of the position, you will be required to report into the National Arts Centre (NAC) building, effective your first date of employment.

Introducing the National Arts Centre
The National Arts Centre (NAC) is Canada’s bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for the performing arts. The NAC presents, creates, produces, and co-produces performing arts programming in various streams—the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre, and Popular Music and Variety—and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada.

Curious to learn more? We invite you to read our strategic plan for 2020-2023 in The Next Act.

Collaboration, innovation and community-led engagement are only some of the many initiatives the NAC will leverage to help shape a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive future for the performing arts in Canada. One that embodies our slogan and loudly proclaims that Canada is our stage.

Key activities:
Working as the Wig Mistress/Mister you are responsible for the actors’/performers’ appearance. This includes making sure that they have the correct wig before they appear in front of the audience and during each performance.

The Wig Mistress/Mister must be able to interpret the director’s or production designer’s design, ensuring that they are both visually and technically accurate for the given period that the play is set.

The Wig Mistress/Mister will be responsible for creating, styling, fitting, altering, and maintaining all wigs, hairpieces, and facial hair required for the production.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • responsible and accountable for the construction and maintenance of wigs required for productions onstage;
  • responsible to co-ordinate the work of the Wig Shop which includes the allocation of duties and monitoring of crew;
  • responsible for maintaining and cataloguing wig and supply inventory;
  • research wig & hair products and produce samples for approval.
  • Minimum of five years’ professional experience as a Wig Mistress/Master for theatrical productions;
  • Cutting, styling and colouring skills are essential;
  • A thorough knowledge of how theatrical lighting & gel colours are used and how these will affect the colour and quality of the hairpiece;
  • The ability to teach a performer the proper way to apply hairpieces or hair appliances (beards etc), when the performer requires no assistance during the performance;
  • The ability to estimate labour and materials to create a hairpiece;
  • The ability to manage within a budget and time constraints;
  • A commitment to regularly update your skills and knowledge;
  • A commitment to researching new hair products, materials, techniques, technologies, tools, and advancements is crucial;
  • The ability to create hairpieces or style Black, Asian, and Indigenous people’s hair is required.
$39.01 per hour, as per IATSE Collective Agreement

Part-Time continuing

Send Submissions To: 

Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.

All communication will be conducted through email and interviews via videoconferencing. Please ensure to have the most up-to-date information on your résumé including your current email address.

If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation for an interview or written exam, please advise us when initially contacted.

The successful candidate will be required to provide the original or a certified true copy of their education credentials as appropriate, along with proof of a valid Background Check as a condition of employment.

While we appreciate all applications, only those selected for an interview will be contacted by us.

Please submit your cover letter and résumé online through the “Career Opportunities” section of our website at https://nac-cna.ca/en/careers.