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Full Time Faculty Position/Program Head, BFA Wig and Makeup Design & Technology

Full Time Faculty Position/Program Head, BFA Wig and Makeup Design & Technology

Wig and Makeup Design & Technology Faculty

The Theatre School at DePaul University invites applications for a full-time Term Faculty to serve as head of its new BFA Wig and Makeup Design & Technology program (one year contract, renewable annually). The Theatre School is an urban multicultural conservatory located in the heart of Chicago's vibrant theatre community. The ideal candidate will be a great teacher, accomplished professional, strong collaborator, visionary designer/technician, and a proactive leader. The position begins September of 2022.


Candidates for Consideration will possess the following qualifications:

• Experience in teaching, mentoring, advising, and/or supervising young people

• Demonstrated cultural competency and commitment to equitable practices that allow for inclusive and diverse educational experiences.

• Evidence of a diverse, professional production and/or client portfolio

• Demonstrated commitment to ongoing anti-racism practices

• Well-versed in design and application of theatrical, high-definition, and cosmetic makeup

• Proficient knowledge of wig construction and styling

• Experience in designing, styling, and caring for hair and makeup of BIPOC performers and fostering an inclusive and affirming collaborative environment.

• General knowledge of Special FX makeup, stage blood/gore techniques, and Drag Makeup

• Experience with a variety of dramatic forms and venues or media

• Professional experience equivalent to and/or a terminal degree in Wig and Makeup Design or related fields

• Demonstrated commitment to collegiality and collaboration

• Candidates with film and television experience are encouraged to apply

• Candidates that hold a cosmetology license are encouraged to apply

The Theatre School has a strong desire to increase the diversity of our faculty. We seek applicants who reflect the diversity of our student body and the city of Chicago. Those with experience working with diverse faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to an inclusive climate are encouraged to apply. We urge candidates to provide examples of their successes in these areas. We especially encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented groups, including members of the global majority, the LGTBQ community, and persons with disabilities. For more information, please see The Theatre School's Commitment to Anti-Racism.

Because the school seeks faculty members who bring a critical perspective to issues of diversity and multiculturalism, DePaul University offers equal employment opportunities to all persons without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, parental status, housing status, source of income, or military status in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local EEO laws. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Responsibilities (may include, but are not limited to):

• Lead and further develop the BFA Wig and Makeup Design & Technology Program

• Teach a range of courses across the Wig and Makeup Design & Technology Program according to the candidate’s expertise

• Prepare students for diverse and multicultural work environments

• Collaborate with shop manager and Wig and Makeup shop staff to maintain the studio and supply needs

• Develop new courses within an existing approved curriculum

• Advise students on academic progress

• Mentor and advise on student production work and internships

• Recruit new students and develop enrollment

• Foster relationships with national/local theatres or film/tv professionals, along with alumni, to establish internships and other collaborative opportunities for students

• Hire and collaborate with adjunct instructors

• Participate in Theatre School service activities

• Demonstrate ongoing professional activities

DePaul University is a thriving multi-faceted Catholic, Vincentian, and urban university with ten colleges, seven campuses, and enrollment of over 20,000 students. The Theatre School, located on the university’s Lincoln Park campus two miles north of the Chicago Loop, enrolls 460 students in 15 undergraduate and 3 graduate programs. Our faculty (27 full-time and 60+ part-time) includes leading Chicago theatre artists across all disciplines. Faculty members are active participants in the Chicago theatre community.

The Theatre School’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Wig and Makeup Design & Technology gives students the opportunity to explore and expand their artistic and visual expression in a conservatory setting while providing practical experience. Modeled after a professional Wig and Makeup Artist’s process, the program provides training in wig construction and styling, makeup design and application, styling of actors’ hair, and creation of makeup prosthetics. The program allows students to collaborate with actors, directors, designers, technicians, and our professional makeup shop staff. The skills learned in the BFA Wig and Makeup Design & Technology program will prepare students for careers in theatre, film, and other entertainment industries. For more information on the program and curriculum, please visit: Wig and Makeup Design & Technology

Application and deadlines: Please apply online at: and include a cover letter (which includes a personal statement and teaching philosophy), CV/resume, and a select sampling of your professional portfolio (via a digital file or website link). All applicants must apply online in order to be considered. Paper applications will not be accepted. Please include a list of three references. Letters of recommendation and a full portfolio will be requested at a later stage of the search process. For best consideration, the application should be submitted by January 3, 2022, closes at 11:59 p.m.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago, IL