Guiding and supporting the theatre makers of the future…
I look after all the wigs, hair pieces, facials and go round and do the make-up for all the cast on the Michael Grandage Company.”
On larger productions these related jobs may be separated, but usually the two roles are combined. Working initially with the designer, the Hair and Make-Up Departments are responsible for the design, application and care of hair/wigs and make-up during a production.
Other courses are available. Those above represent a sample from various drama schools and universities.
To become a hair and/or make-up artist it’s important to do a good foundation course – completing an NVQ in hairdressing is also advisable. It’s vital to gain practical on-the-job experience, starting with work placements at local theatres. Many Heads of Wigs start as Wig Assistants, gaining invaluable experience in hair, wigs, make-up and special effects by working closely with senior colleagues.