Stage Makeup for the Actor

June 23, 2018
400 E. Mount Vernon St.
Cost: $70
Available Seats: 15
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Discover the basics of stage makeup for the actor, including the proper makeup techniques to use for large and small houses, through hands-on demonstration and application. Led by Ron Kidd, this workshop gives you a working knowledge of looking good in the spotlight and what to have in your own makeup kit.


10:00 a.m. – Basics of Stage Makeup Learn what to include in building your own makeup kit, as well as other considerations to be made before putting on your stage face. Then, Ron will guide you along the steps of applying Straight/Youth makeup, from water-base foundation to clean-up.

11:30 a.m. – Lunch Forum Ron will illustrate the bone and muscle structure of the face, neck and hands, then demonstrate how to contour facial features by using the techniques of highlight, shadow and blending. Other topics will include building a picture gallery (sometimes called a makeup morgue) and the use of a makeup design worksheet.

12:15 p.m. – The Roar of the Greasepaint! The afternoon will include the preparation and individual application using greasepaint, from foundation to clean up. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will receive a list of resources for stage makeup supplies and suppliers, as well as, reference materials for further study of stage makeup.

About the Artist

Ron returns to his birth home of Somerset, after a 42-year career as an actor, stage manager, designer, producer, director and teacher in New York. A graduate of Morehead State University with an Master of Arts degree in Theatre and Secondary Education, he made his Broadway debut in 1992, as Wiley Post in The Will Rogers Follies. He performed Off-Broadway in The Fantasticks, in four National Tours, and regionally for theatres in CA, GA, IL, NJ, PA, TX, WV, and VA. Other credits include stage managing for Broadway’s Urban Cowboy, the Musical, and Off-Broadway for Tommy Tune, White Tie & Tails. Ron has appeared in over 150 feature films, numerous NY-based TV series and is a member of the acting unions: Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Ron has directed twenty-five plays and musicals, including local productions of Annie Jr, Sweet Tooth Story Theatre and Our Town for Somerset’s Briar Patch Players, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown for SCC’s Teen Theatre, and Little Shop of Horrors at Flashback Theater. Since teaming up with Flashback Theater in 2016, Ron has also designed sets & lighting for Nightmare On Back Street and Around the World In 80 Days.

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