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Job (Edmonton): Head, Hair & Wigs Construction – Edmonton Opera

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Job (Edmonton): Head, Hair & Wigs Construction – Edmonton Opera

IMG_1067-copyEdmonton Opera (EO) has the following continuing position available: Head, Hair & Wig Construction. This position reports to the Resident Costume Designer as well as the Production & Technical Director. This position works in collaboration with EO’s Head Wigs & Hair (running & maintenance crew), Head of Wardrobe, Head of Make-up, Production Coordinator and other department heads.

This position is responsible for building, sourcing and otherwise securing all necessary wig materials for the productions, supporting of rehearsal requirements, other duties associated with wigs. This position is responsible for all the hair & wigs construction for EO mainstage productions and may be responsible for completing any notes and alterations prior to the opening performance. This position requires direct contact with the performers of EO and the successful candidate must have an outstanding professional demeanor, attitude and work ethic.

This is an hourly position, which falls under the EO/I.A.T.S.E Local 210 Collective Agreement.
This position is eligible for complimentary tickets to EO productions as per the complimentary ticket policy.

This position is for the 2015-16 EO season and may be considered for recurring seasons. The successful applicant will also have first choice of any additional work that may become available throughout the season.

This is a leadership position with an hourly, name hired assistant (new hire for which the head will participate in the hiring of) and additional crewmembers made available as needed.

Work will be performed at EO’s Production Facility, 15230-128Ave; the performance venue, The Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium; and possibly other wig work rooms at the discretion of the Resident Costume Designer.

Expected 2015-16 schedule:
The chosen candidate will create their own flexible work schedule for sourcing and construction within the parameters of the production schedule and established deadlines.

• THE MERRY WIDOW: estimated 80 hours between September 21 – Oct. 30, 2015
• CARMEN: estimated 80 hours between December 6 and January 26, 2014
• Other various dates and times as needed – this position has the first option to take all hair and wig building related work.

Head of Hair & Wig Production expected duties, required & requested skills:

• Completion of certified hairdressing program, journeyman status in good standing in the province of Alberta or equivalent
• Proficient in styling and cutting men’s and women’s hair
• Minimum 5 years experience dressing wigs & hair in a professional theatre or film environment
• Knowledgeable of period hairstyles, specialty/fantasy hair design, and wig and hairpiece building, wig fronting and altering techniques
• Ability to communicate with team members, directors, designers, artists, and managers effectively.
• Self-motivated, attentive to detail, ability to perform tasks unsupervised in a timely manner.
• Supervisory experience, able to lead a crew through construction.
• Good oral communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and a solid team player.
• Ability to maintain a calm and professional demeanor under pressure.
• Flexible schedule; evening, weekend, and occasional overtime work required.
• Physical fitness; able to stand or lift without strain as required by the job task.
• Ability to be exposed to common wardrobe and hair room sprays and solvents (i.e. laundry detergent, hairspray, common household cleaners)
• Ability to estimate time requirements of tasks requested and convey that information to supervisors.
• Experience sourcing, scheduling, and arranging for wig building.
• Ability to read and work from designer renderings and research materials.
• Ability to generate paperwork as needed: Inventory lists, borrow lists, etc.
• Ability to maintain and upkeep equipment, supplies and materials related to the shop and storage spaces.
• Willingness to keep shop & storage spaces: organized, safe, clean and of the highest standards.
• Willingness to work within and enforce EO health & safety policies for all people working at EO.
• Willingness to work within the established EO/IATSE 210 framework for post-secondary student placements and post-graduation internships, as they are available.
• Must be in good standing with I.A.T.S.E. Local 210 as a member, sister-member or have permit status.

Applications must include three professional references with contact information. These references may be contacted any point after the application is submitted.

Selected applicants may be asked to provide a portfolio of work.

To apply for this position please mail, email or fax your resume and any other pertinent information to Edmonton Opera Attn: Production Department.

Mail to: Edmonton Opera
ATTN: Production Department
Edmonton, AB T5V 1A8

E-mail to:

Fax to: 780-429-0600 ATTN: Production Department (please include a cover page)

For further information on this opportunity please contact
Deanna Finnman at 780-288-5719 or

Closing date for applications is 4:30pm Thursday June 25, 2015.
Only appropriate candidates will be contacted.
Interviews may be scheduled prior to the closing date.
The position may be filled prior to the closing date; interested candidates are suggested to apply as soon as possible. Edmonton Opera is an equal opportunity employer.

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