Wigs Hair and Make Up Supervisors

We are currently recruiting for 3 Supervisors to join our Wigs Hair and Make-Up team

We are currently recruiting for 3 Supervisors to join our Wigs Hair and Make-Up team. 

We have one Permanent position to start from early 2023 and 2 Fixed-Term positions to work for next year’s Festival & Tour (February – December). Taking direction from the Head of Wigs, you will use your extensive experience to oversee the preparation, continuity and quality of productions throughout performances at Glyndebourne and any other venues as required.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Ensure hairdressing, barbering, wig-making and make-up requirements are in place in order to support Production and Running teams.
  • Ability to realise the Designer’s vision and use knowledge of relevant techniques, materials, tools to achieve agreed requirements.
  • Work closely with individual artists’ in the application of  Wigs, Hair and Make-up and will be assigned specific areas of productions from preparation and fitting, through to rehearsals and performances.
  • Preparing and supervising productions in consultation with the Head of Wigs to include purchase of department supplies and equipment as required.
  • Perform show duties and work as part of a running team as scheduled
  • Ensure the team have the ability to perform all practical tasks related to the areas of  Wigs Hair and Make-up in live performance settings
  • In collaboration with the Head of Wigs, develop Wig Hair and Make-up staff including Glyndebourne staff, freelance and show staff. 
  • Ensure accurate and up to date written and visual records are kept
  • Participate in recruitment and appraisal processes
  • Participate in developing area specific Health & Safety guidance
  • Ensure all procedures are in line with Health & Safety guidance and legislation
  • Willingness and desire to continue professional development.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Relevant degree, HND, City & Guilds or equivalent industry recognised qualification in wigs, hair and make-up    
  • Excellent skills in hairdressing/ barbering/ wig-making / hair cutting/ and make-up, gained through demonstrable experience in theater, film or TV 
  • Excellent knowledge of historical hairstyles and character make-up covering all periods and cultures.
  • Substantial professional experience as wig and make – up artist , being familiar with cutting edge techniques in the field of live performance
  • Special Effects make-up (for stage) to include creation and application of prosthetics 
  • Respect confidentiality, maintain discretion, tact and diplomacy and safeguard  confidential information. 
  • Solid supervisory and team leadership skills and experience; demonstrable ability to work effectively alone or as part of a team; including but not limited to staff recruitment and appraisals.
  • Current Right To Work in the UK.
  • Touring experience
  • Understanding of hair & make-up for High Definition Recording/Broadcast 

Salary and Benefits

We can offer a salary of £37,500 per annum pro rata/ £721.15 per week. Salaries are reviewed annually on 1st January.

Your normal working hours are variable, on average a minimum of 39 hours per week over 7 days. However, employees at this level are expected to work the hours required to meet the demands of the role.

We offer 5.6 weeks’ holiday inclusive of bank holidays per annum pro rata.

We can offer a beautiful working environment, and the chance to see world-class opera.  For those without their own transport we have a free minibus service to and from Lewes railway station. 

We also offer : 

  • Free Pilates and Zumba classes, once a week
  • Corporate Gym memberships
  • An onsite Physiotherapist 
  • Subsidised electric car charging
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Subsidised dining at our onsite restaurants
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Discount at the Glyndebourne shop
  • Free on-site parking 

How to Apply

Glyndebourne is an Equal Opportunities Employer and a Registered Charity. We promote equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace and actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply for vacancies, including ethnically diverse and disabled candidates, who are currently under-represented in our workforce.

To help us monitor the effectiveness of our commitment to diversity and inclusion and our supporting policies and procedures, we ask all job applicants to complete our anonymized and confidential Equal Opportunities monitoring form .

Please then apply by e-mail, sending your CV and covering letter to Sam Stonard – Please specify when applying whether it is the Permanent or fixed-term positions you wish to apply for.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 4 December 2022, however applications will be reviewed as they arrive.

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