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the role of MAKE-UP & HAIR designers

If you chose to serve on the  MAKE-UP / HAIR DESIGN TEAM for this semester's Advanced Acting show, you are responsible for participating in design team meetings as well as growing as a designer during the rehearsal and performance process.


If serving on the Make-up Design Team, you are ALSO responsible for independently learning about the role of a make-up designer as outlined below. 


Please be sure you have your  Google Classroom Process Journal (to reflect on your process/journey).

learning about hair/make-up design




complete before CLASS-time ON FRIDAY, 11/20:

Do (Formative Grade):  Create your own Make-up/Hair "Needs" spreadsheet (by carefully reading the script).

Be sure you've listed on your spreadsheet all stated hair/make-up needs, and also any character/design notes.  Once your Make-up/Hair List is complete, turn it in to KP for a grade.  See IAWL - Design Spreadsheet in Google Classroom.  (Note:  This assignment was given on 11/11/20 and won't be accepted past 11/20/20.)

complete before CLASS-time ON tuesday, 11/24:

Understand: All design begins with reading the SCRIPT

From there, designers INTERPRET the script (and also meet with the director to understand her/his vision), do RESEARCH for their designs (i.e. time period, style, etc.), come up with an overall DESIGN CONCEPT (to make all designs cohesive), create preliminary SKETCHES, and then create PROTOTYPES, DESIGN BOARDS, RENDERINGS and/or MODELS (so that others will understand what the final product will look like and how it will function).  This is the DESIGN PROCESS that we will also be using in Advanced Acting for our show - regardless of the design area you chose.

Watch: American Theatre Wing - Make Up Designer (6:37) 

(Google Classroom) Process Journal Entry Title: Make-up Design (Angelina Avallone)  (week 13)

  1. What is the role of the make-up designer (stated right away)?

  2. What is Angelina's process? (What does she start with? Who does she meet with? Etc.)

  3. What type of research does Angelina mention and for which shows?

  4. How does the designer make sure that ALL actors get their make-up applied in time?

(Notice how often "feeling" or describing words are used to create the make-up design.  How can analyzing the characters in OUR show help to create stronger make-up/hair design?)

Watch:  Working in the Theatre: Makeup (19:56)

(Google Classroom) Process Journal Entry Title:  Make-up  (week 13)

(Take notes on the process, roles, and skills needed effective for Make-up designers.  Document new information and/or anything that you find interesting while viewing this teaching video.)

Watch: Wicked Hair & Make-up:  Wigs (4:36) 

(Google Classroom) Process Journal Entry Title:  Wigs  (week 13)

(Take notes on the process, roles, and skills needed effective for Make-up designers.  Document new information and/or anything that you find interesting while viewing this teaching video.)

complete before CLASS-time ON WEDNESDAY, 12/2:

Watch: Theatre Base Face/ Stage Makeup (7:15)

(Google Classroom) Process Journal Entry Title:  Base Face​   (week 14)

  1. What types of supplies are needed for make-up design?

  2. What are the steps for applying make-up?

  3. What types of supplies might we need to have and/or order?  (Note:  most theatres use "Ben Nye" make-up)

Watch: Wig Prep Tutorial (6:44) / Wig Prep - Pin Curls (17:02) / Long Hair (4:42) / Wig Dressing (13:06)

(Google Classroom) Process Journal Entry Title: Wig Prep  (week 14)

(Take notes on the various types of processes for prepping an actor's hair for a wig.)

Watch: Age Make-up Tutorial (8:05) / Old Age Make-up (3:39)

(Google Classroom) Process Journal Entry Title: Age Make-up  (week 14)

(Take notes on the process and skills needed to apply age make-up.)

Watch: Theatrical Makeup : How to Make Hair Look Gray for a Costume (2:50)

(Google Classroom) Process Journal Entry Title: Grey Hair  (week 14)

(Take notes on the process and skills needed to gray an actor's hair.)

Watch: How to Apply Fake Facial Hair : How to Apply a Fake Full Beard  (2:50)

(Google Classroom) Process Journal Entry Title: Applying Facial Hair  (week 14)

(Take notes on the process and skills needed to apply facial hair.)

Watch: Using Spirit gum to glue on a lace mustache or beard (6:33)

(Google Classroom) Process Journal Entry Title:  Spirit Gum  (week 14)

(Take notes on the process and skills needed to use spirit gum on an actor effectively.)

Begin:  Create design boards for TWO characters (one male & one female) from our show. 

You can choose which two characters you'd like to "design".  Your design board should include RESEARCH and INSPIRATION images for the character's make-up & hair, but does not need to include a sketch of the final design unless you feel comfortable/confident doing so.  (If desired, you can print "Face Charts" from online.) However, in the absence of a final design sketch/color rendering of the hair/make-up, you MUST find a way to communicate clearly (from your research/inspiration) what YOU'D want the final costumes to look like/include.  Be sure to use your script as guide.  (i.e. WHO is your character > WHAT might (s)he look like based on that.)  Include on your board references from the script for your character. 

  • Note:  Your design "boards" can be physical (such as a collage), or digital (such as Google Slides). Either way, you must share your designs with Ms. Price via Google Classroom - see assignment entitled Make-up/Hair Design Boards - week 14.)  Your Design Boards will be due 12/9.

  • Note:  Your individual hair/make-up designs are not necessarily our "final products".  It is for YOU to learn about, and participate in, the process of hair/make-up design - particularly RESEARCH and INSPIRATION.  However, your process could affect the final designs for our show, so if you come up with some great ideas, be sure to communicate those to your Costume Lead (Kate).


complete before CLASS-time ON friday, 12/4:

Continue:  Keep working on your Hair/Make-up design boards for TWO characters (one male & one female) from our show.   (See directions above.)  Your Design Boards are due by Wednesday, 12/9.

Do:  Be sure you've communicated with Ms. Price any hair/make-up purchasing needs you have. 

Ms. Price can order supplies, but only if that's communicated well in advance.  Also be sure to communicate with actors anything they may need to bring or do for their own character's make-up or hair.  For example, if you need actors to bring in their own hair clips, bobby pins, curling irons, etc., be sure that they know this well in advance.  Keep Covid in mind in all of your planning!  (All actors should have their OWN supplies and not share anything with others.)  

complete before CLASS-time ON wednesday, 12/9:

WatchBehind the Scenes at Disney's Aladdin

(Google Classroom) Process Journal Entry Title:  Calltime​ / Pre-Show Checklist  (week 15)

1. In professional theatre, as shown in this video, what are the (specific) tasks performed by YOUR assigned role prior to a show?  

2.  What are some of the things that YOU could put on YOUR Pre-Show checklist to be sure our show runs smoothly?  (Think of ALL the things necessary from the time you enter the black box until the show starts, including things like "Where do I put my personal belongings?" or "Where should this prop be pre-set?" or "What's the best place for this quick change to happen?" Etc.  Don't forget to include "sign in" on your checklist.)

Do (Formative Grade):  You will create YOUR Pre-Show Checklist with ALL tasks to consider prior to the show.  This MUST be well-thought out and completed/hung up PRIOR to the FIRST dress/tech rehearsal.  (You will also create a copy in Google Classroom - "Pre-Show Personal Checklist - will be uploaded by Friday 11/20" Type and print your checklist (with your name in large font at the top) and hang in a designated area backstage.  (Keep in mind that you will most likely need to add to this list from things you learn or are reminded of in dress/tech rehearsals.

NOTE:  ALL HAIR/MAKE-UP DESIGNS ARE DUE AND MUST BE DISPLAYED ON CHARACTERS BY REHEARSAL ON FRIDAY, 12/11!  (This means that practicing "looks" on actors should happen BEFORE then. Plan and communicate with your team and with needed actors.)

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