Hair and Makeup Supervisor

Fisher Center at Bard

60 Manor Ave
NY 12504




Feb 15, 2023

Over eight weeks this summer (June-August), Bard SummerScape, a multi-arts festival presented by the Fisher Center at Bard, returns with a full season of dance, theater, opera, music, and the beloved Spiegeltent, staged for in-person audiences from Bard’s idyllic 1,000-acre campus and its Frank Gehry-designed performing arts center, while adhering to rigorous health and safety protocols.

The Hair and Makeup Supervisor supports the execution of hair and makeup elements and needs for the SummerScape Dance and Opera productions. They will hire, schedule, and oversee the H+MU crew, supervise the shop, and coordinate and construct hairstyles, wigs, and makeup according to the Costume Designer’s, Hair and Makeup Designer’s, and Director’s specifications. During performances, the H+MU Supervisor will be responsible for overseeing all set up, run, and maintenance of hair and makeup, and management of the hair and makeup run crews.

The Hair and Makeup Supervisor is Department Head in the Production Department. They report to the Director of Production, and work closely with the Costume Supervisor, as well as other production team members and costume designers.

This is a seasonal full-time position, with remote prep work from March-May, and on-site work from June 4-August 2. The position is non-exempt (overtime eligible), paid $28-$32 hourly, commensurate with experience.

This position requires local residence from June-August. Housing is provided as needed and includes a single bedroom and shared amenities based on availability. In addition, SummerScape provides all employees three meals a day while in residence.


-With the Hiring Manager, oversee the hiring of hair and makeup artisans/crew for the summer
-Schedule and oversee hair and makeup crew during the run of the season
-Organize and prep hair and makeup build, including but not limited to: pulling and restocking from storage, preparing orders and ordering supplies, and preparing thorough documentation and information for each production.
-Supervise artisans/vendors in construction and styling of wigs to complete designs in a timely manner
-Supervise set up and maintenance of wig and makeup shop
-Supervise hair artisans in proper maintenance, styling, and upkeep of wigs and hair for the run of the production
-Schedule fittings, and arrange and oversee haircuts, color, and styling with actors and artisans
-Instruct actors on makeup application appropriate to their character
-Ensure that BIPOC performers are provided with the necessary and appropriate hair and makeup products and supplies
-Maintain budget for entire department, and work with Designers and Directors to develop feasible designs
-Attend all production meetings, technical rehearsals, and performances
-Coordinate hair and makeup strike, including but not limited to: rental returns, materials restock, and storage
-Maintain a safe, healthy, and inclusive workplace at all times

Company-Wide Responsibilities:
The Fisher Center is currently undergoing an organization-wide process of change toward becoming an anti-racist, multicultural institution. All on staff are expected to:
-Commit to anti-racism and inclusivity at the Fisher Center. This includes participating in any trainings when scheduled, supporting departmental, company-wide, and cross-departmental -collaboration in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and furthering your own independent journey with anti-racism
-Contribute in meaningful ways to the organizational culture



-At least 5 years of experience in theatrical, opera, and/or film/television wigs and makeup, including on a H+MU run crew
-Experience with styling BIPOC performer hair and makeup
Cosmetology license preferred


-Ability to teach skills, and work with and oversee crews
-Knowledge of and experience in wig making, styling, and maintenance
-Familiarity with a variety of period styles
-Proficiency in the proper care and maintenance of BIPOC hair, as well as makeup techniques and applications for BIPOC skin tones
-Ability to work within a budget and under time deadlines
-Demonstrated managerial skills
-Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
-Excellent organizational skills with keen attention to detail
-Ability to maintain calm, professional, and with decorum while assisting performers in preparations and quick changes.
-This position requires flexible work hours and evenings/days reflective of the dynamic schedule of a performing arts festival.
-Ability to be collaborative, self-motivated, and bring a positive, can-do attitude!
-Bard College currently requires all employees to be fully vaccinated, including booster when eligible.


-Lifting, pushing and packing materials up to 30lbs.
-Extended periods of standing and sitting, climbing stairs.
-Frequently works in dimly lit spaces assisting with quick changes.
-May handle dyes, natural and synthetic fibers and materials including but not limited to hair, feathers, powders, and more.


Bard’s beautiful 1,000-acre campus is situated on the east bank of the Hudson River, in Annandale-on- Hudson, New York. Community life is defined by numerous cultural and recreational opportunities in the surrounding historic Hudson River Valley and by proximity to New York City. Nearby towns and villages include Rhinebeck, Tivoli, and Red Hook, New York.


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Applications for this position will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.


The Fisher Center develops, produces, and presents performing arts across disciplines through new productions and context-rich programs that challenge and inspire. As a premier professional performing arts center and a hub for research and education, the Fisher Center supports artists, students, and audiences in the development and examination of artistic ideas, offering perspectives from the past and present, as well as visions of the future. The Fisher Center demonstrates Bard’s commitment to the performing arts as a cultural and educational necessity. Home is the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, designed by Frank Gehry and located on the campus of Bard College in New York’s Hudson Valley. The Fisher Center offers outstanding programs to many communities, including the students and faculty of Bard College, and audiences in the Hudson Valley, New York City, across the country, and around the world. Building on a 162-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow’s thought leaders.
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Founded in 1860, Bard College is a four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences located 90 miles north of New York City. With the addition of the Montgomery Place estate, Bard’s campus consists of nearly 1000 park-like acres in the Hudson River Valley. It offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of music degrees, with majors in nearly 40 academic programs; graduate degrees in 11 programs; nine early colleges; and numerous dual-degree programs nationally and internationally. Building on its 162-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College has expanded its mission as a private institution acting in the public interest across the country and around the world to meet broader student needs and increase access to liberal education. The undergraduate program at our main campus in upstate New York has a reputation for scholarly excellence, a focus on the arts, and civic engagement. Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow’s thought leaders. For more information about Bard College, visit