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Curriculum Vitae

Allison Lowery

12221 Abbey Glen Lane

Austin TX 78753

alowery@texasperformingarts.org

(512)589-6438

 

EDUCATION

1999

Master of Fine Arts--Wig and Makeup Design

North Carolina School of the Arts

 

1996

Bachelor of Arts--Theatre and Speech

College of William and Mary

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

2004-present

University of Texas-Austin Performing Arts Center

Wig and Makeup Specialist

Duties include:

-building, altering, styling, and maintaining wigs for all Department of Theatre and Dance and Department of Music productions

-creating prosthetic makeup appliances if required by a production

-teaching student actors to apply makeup specific to each show they are cast in

-working with student costume designers to determine the specific look for a show

-training student wardrobe, wig, and makeup crews in the skills needed to run a show backstage

-organizing the costume wardrobe information for the student crews

-maintaining the wig area of the costume shop and its inventory

-supervising and teaching student employees assigned to the wig area

Shows:

-2015--The Wild Party

-2015--The Diary of Anne Frank

-2015--The Marriage of Figaro

-2015--Into the Woods

-2015--Refugia

-2014--A Streetcar Named Desire

-2014--Esperanza Rising

-2014--La Boheme’

-2013—Our Country’s Good

-2013—Woman in Morocco

-2013—Dial M for Murder

-2013—Don Giovanni

-2013—Les Enfants Terribles

-2013—Intimate Apparel

-2013—The Edge of Peace

-2012—Madame Butterfly

-2012—The Cataract

-2012—Love’s Labors Lost

-2011—The Consul

-2011—360 (round dance)

-2011—Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

-2011 Cosi fan Tutte

-2011 Threepenny Opera

-2010 The Elixir of Love

-2010  Fight

-2010 The Fantasticks

-2010- A View from the Bridge

-2010 The Difficulty of Crossing a Field

-2010 Our Town

-2010 Albert Herring

-2009 Pride and Prejudice

-2009 Trojan Women

-2009 There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom

-2009 Queenie Pie

-2009  The Idiot

-2008 A Midsummer Night's Dream

-2008 Still Life with iris

-2008  410 [GONE]

-2008  Susannah

-2008  Assassins

-2008  Trouble in Tahiti/The Impresrio

-2008  DRT concert

-2008  Big Love

-2007  Elephant's Graveyard

-2007  Ashes, Ashes

-2007  Fefu and Her Friends

-2007  Plump Jack

-2007  DRT Concert

-2007  Slaughter City

-2007  Marat/Sade

-2006  The Fall of the House of Usher

-2006  The Way of the World

-2006  Holes

-2006  Katrina: the Girl Who Wanted her Name Back

-2006  Dialogues of the Carmelites

-2006  DRT concert

-2006  Carmen

-2006  Summer People

-2006  Aisle 7

-2006  Changuita Perla

-2005  Macbeth

-2005  The Marriage of Miss Hollywood and King Neptune

-2005  Flesh and the Desert

-2005  DRT concert

-2005  The Very Persistant Gappers of Frip

-2005  My Sister in this House

-2005  Eugene Onegin

-2005  Cabaret

-2005  Blood Wedding

 

2008—present

Freelance Makeup Artist

-Have worked with many local photographers providing makeup and hair for photography workshops, model workshops, and print publication submissions.

 

2007-present

Zach Scott Theatre

2013—Harvey--wig designer

2012—Ragtime—wig co-designer

2012—White Christmas—wig co-designer

2012—Xanadu—wig co-designer

2011—Hairspray—wig maker

2010—The Drowsy Chaperone—wig co-designer

2009—The Grapes of Wrath—makeup and blood effect designer

2008—Porgy and Bess—wig maker

2007—Present Laughter—wig maker

 

2009

Zilker Theatre Productions

2012—The Sound of Music—wig designer

2009—The Music Man—wig designer

2008—Beauty and the Beast—wig designer

2007—My Favorite Year—wig designer

2006—Seven Brides for Seven Brothers—facial hair construction

2005—Annie Get Your Gun—wig maker


 

2008

TexArts

2008—Damn Yankees—wig designer

2007—Big River—wig designer

 

2007--present

Austin Shakespeare Festival

Wig Designer

-2014--Designed wigs for Cyrano de Begerac

-2007--Designed and styled or made wigs for a production of The Rivals

 

 

2006

St. Edward's University

Wig Designer

-Designed and styled wigs for a production of The Way of the World

 

2006

The State Theatre

Wig Designer

-Designed and styled wigs for a production of Twelfth Night

 

2005

play! Theatre Group

Wig Designer

Designed and built or styled wigs for a production of Marvin's Room

 

2004-2005

Austin Lyric Opera

Wig and Makeup Artist

-Maintained wigs and applied principal makeup for productions of Tosca and Elektra

 

2001-2004

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Wig Master

Duties included:

-building, altering, or purchasing all wigs for ASF productions

-styling and maintaining all wigs

-assisting with any specialty makeup

-supervising and training two wig assistants

-maintaining wig inventory and wig area

-keeping track of wig area budgets and expenses

Shows:

2004  Idols of the King (remount)

2004  The Grapes of Wrath

2004  Disguises

2004  Titus Andronicus

2004  Steel Magnolias

2004  Macbeth

2004  Comedy of Errors

2003  A Christmas Carol

2003  Season's Greetings

2003  Idols of the King

2003  Othello

2003  Iago

2003  Noises Off

2003  Two Gentlemen of Verona

2003  Romeo and Juliet

2003  Arcadia

2003  Aaronville Dawning

2003  Beauty and the Beast

2003  A Christmas Carol

2003  Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill

2002  Brighton Beach Memoirs

2002  Twelfth Night

2002  The Merry Wives of Windsor

2002  Sheppey

2002  Hamlet

2002  Shiloh Rules

2002  Much Ado About Nothing

2002  A Doll's House

2002  Smokey Joe's Cafe

2002  The Tempest

2002  Cinderella

2001  Driving Miss Daisy

2001  A Christmas Carol

2001  Arms and the Man

2001  Beehive

2001  White Devil

 

2000-2001

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Wig Maker

-Built custom wigs for productions of Queen of Spades, The Great Gatsby, Rigoletto, Tosca, Jenufa, The Barber of Seville, Attila, and The Flying Dutchman

-Also applied principal makeup for Queen of Spades, The Great Gatsby, Tosca, The Barber of Seville, and The Flying Dutchman

 

2001

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

Wig Master

-Built and styled wigs for a production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona

 

1999-2001

Piedmont Opera Theatre

Wig Designer

-Designed and styled wigs for productions of La Boheme and The Pirates of Penzance (also served as principal makeup artist)

Wig and Makeup Artist

-Styled wigs, assisted the designer, applied principal makeup for productions of The Tales of Hoffman and La Traviata

 

1999

American Player’s Theatre

Wig Master

-Built and styled wigs for productions of Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, and The Master Builder

 

1998-2000

The Atlanta Opera

Wig and Makeup Artist

-Styled wigs, assisted the designer, and applied principal makeups for productions of La Traviata and Un Ballo en Maschera

 

1999

The Peabody Institute

Wig and Makeup Designer

-Designed wigs and makeup, styled wigs, and applied principal makeup for a production of Where Angels Fear to Tread (world premiere opera)

 

1998

Utah Shakespearean Festival

Wig and Makeup Design Assistant

-Built and styled wigs, assisted the wig designer, maintained wig styles, and assisted actors with their wigs for productions of The Taming of the Shrew, All's Well that End Well, King John, the Greenshow, and The Royal Feaste: Titania's Enchantment

 

1998

Sarasota Opera

1st Wig and Makeup Assisstant

-Styled wigs and applied principal makeup for productions of La Traviata, Faust, L'Arlesiana, and Jenufa

 

1997

Glimmerglass Opera

Wig and Makeup Intern

-Styled and built wigs, and assisted singer with their wigs and hair for productions of Madame Butterfly, Iphigenie en Tauride, La Italiana en Algieri, and Of Mice and Men

 

ACADEMIC/TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2005-present

University of Texas-Austin

Lecturer

Independent Study Instructor

-taught Wig Making and Styling class; taught Introduction to Stage Makeup; supervised independent study classes in Character Makeup, Advanced Wigmaking,  Period Makeup and Hairstyling, and Introduction to Facial Prosthetics.

 

2012

Zach Scott Theatre

Makeup and Wig Seminar

Instructor

-taught basic makeup, basic wig skills, and basic injury makeup for the stage

 

2011

Summer Makeup Workshop for Round Rock Independent School District

Instructor

-taught basic makeup and old age makeup to high school theatre teachers

 

2010

USIIT Costume Symposium—Wig Making and Styling

Instructor

-designed and taught the wig styling track of the symposium

 

2001-2004

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Teacher Seminar Instructor

-taught a series of seminars covering the basics of stage makeup and wigs for area teachers

 

2001

North Carolina School of the Arts

Guest Artist

-taught two classes: Wig Construction 1 and Stage Makeup for Singers

-assisted with supervising students during production time and advising student wig and makeup designers

 

2001

The Atlanta Opera

Opera Camp Instructor

-organized and taught the stage makeup section of Atlant's Opera opera camp, a camp for junior high and high school aged students

 

1999-2000

North Carolina School of the Arts

Wig Shop Manager/Guest Instructor

Duties included:

-teaching two classes: Wig Construction 1 and Stage Makeup for Performers

-maintaining the wig shop and its inventory

-supervising students during production time

-advising student wig and makeup designers

-designing wigs and makeup for productions of Idiot's Delight and A Time for Singing

-building wigs for student productions of Once in a Lifetime and Orlando Furiouso

-serving as a prncipal makeup artist for student production of Orlando Furiouso

 

1999

College of William and Mary

Guest Instructor

-taught a two day seminar on wig basics and basic period hairstyling for theatre students

 

AWARDS

2006--B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Costume Design-The Way of the World (with Aerin Holman, Costume Designer)

1996--Al Haak Award for Outstanding Achievement in Technical Theatre



 

PUBLICATIONS

 

-2015--Second edition of Wig Making and Styling: A Complete Guide for Theatre and Film (with Martha Ruskai)

 

2013-- Historical Wig Styling Volume 1: Ancient Egypt to 1830s and Historical Wig Styling Volume 2: Victorian to Present.  A two volume step by step textbook covering the history of hairstyles with step by step illustrations of how to achieve these looks with wigs.

 

-2010--Wig Making and Styling: A Complete Guide for Theatre and Film (co-authored with Martha Ruskai).  A comprehensive, step-by-step textbook that discusses and illustrates wig making and styling techniques in depth.

 

SPECIAL SKILLS

-Skilled in: building all kinds of wigs, including full lace wigs, balding silk wigs, toupees, falls, fronted wigs, and other partial wigs; building facial hair; ventilating; creating wigs from alternative hair; creation of hair decor; historical/period wig styling; makeup application for stage, film, and print; creating makeup design renderings; prosthetic makeup application; bald cap application; casualty/wound makeup; creating prosthetics (sculpting through mold making and casting) from foam latex, foam urethane, gelatin, and silicone; body makeup application; basic knowledge of airbrush; basic knowledge of machine and hand stitching; Adobe Photoshop. Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint; extremely comfortable with all organizational paperwork, internet research, and budget paperwork; excellent creative problem solver.

 

REFERENCES

*Available upon request