Wigs Internship

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) is no longer accepting Wigs Intern applications for Fall 2017.  Applications for Winter-Spring 2018 internships will be accepted beginning September 1.

As an intern in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Production department, you will be joining a world-class group of artisans, craftspeople, carpenters and technicians. Together, the Production Management, Stage Management, Scenic, Props, Costumes, Lighting, Sound and Wigs departments execute the visions of the many directors and designers who come through Chicago Shakespeare’s doors. With the opening of The Yard in 2017, the Production department looks forward to further innovation in our new flexible performance space.

The Wig Intern will work as part of the Wig team on the realization of the wig design for upcoming productions. The Intern will have the opportunity to observe and assist professional designers in the realization of their designs as well as gain some professional experience in wig and facial hair construction and maintenance.  In addition, Chicago Shakespeare Interns receive a small travel stipend and complimentary tickets to Chicago Shakespeare performances. Other benefits include the opportunity to build professional relationships, receive one-on-one mentoring from Wig and Makeup Shop staff, learn basic wig-making skills, participate in an intern seminar series that illuminates the workings of a large arts organization, and receive a resume and portfolio review with Chicago Shakespeare Staff. 

While Chicago Shakespeare Theater insists on a minimum time commitment of 10 weeks between January and June 2018, the program is also flexible enough to meet the scheduling needs of the intern. Chicago Shakespeare Theater is committed to recruiting and fostering a diverse community of artists, staff and students. People of color and individuals from traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of period hairstyles
  • Stitching and ventilating experience
  • Experience running large shows in a wardrobe or wig capacity
  • Effective communication skills
  • Flexibility and ability to work within tight deadlines
  • Detail-oriented and organized

Internship Responsibilities

  • General shop support and maintenance
  • Assisting with wig construction as needed— based on skill level and interest.
  • Observe fittings and assist with alterations
  • Assist in the inventory and maintenance of storage and rentals
  • Assist with dressing where needed
  • Collaborating with Costume, Craft and Special Effects departments on projects

Application Process

To be considered for a Wigs Internship with Chicago Shakespeare, please prepare the following to upload through our portal below:

  • A cover letter stating: 1) your specific interest/s in this particular internship, 2) your available start and end dates, 3) hourly time commitment each week, 4) how you hope this internship will support your future goals
  • A current CV or resume describing relevant experience
  • Two letters of academic and/or professional reference (Please note that if your references would like to submit their letters to Chicago Shakespeare directly, they should be emailed to
  • If you wish to receive college credit for this internship, please include an outline of your school's requirements

Questions? Contact Chicago Shakespeare’s Production Department at Applications sent to this email address will not be accepted.


Applications accepted beginning September 1


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