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Wig Basics Workshop

  • Guthrie Theater 818 South 2nd Street Minneapolis, MN, 55415 United States (map)

Wigs are transformative. Few tools in art are as personal, as powerful, or as demanding as wigs and facial hair. A well-made, well-maintained and properly suited wig is a sublime character and narrative tool. Yet few people think about the intricate complexity, brilliant artistry and supreme craftpersonship that underlies this discipline.

In this highly practical workshop, Guthrie Theater Wig Master Laura Adams and Wig Designer Tricia Stogsdill will teach core skills and ideas that are the foundational basis of this amazing art and trade.

Participants will get an overview of the design process from concept to execution, including how to do research for designs and interpreting that research for the realities of production. Additionally, participants will have plenty of hands-on time, during which they will learn:

  • The difference between store-bought and hand-tied wigs (and how to make store-bought wigs work for the stage and for you!).
  • How to do wig preps, before a wig is worn.
  • How to make a mold of a head.
  • How to apply facial hair

A large portion of the time will also be devoted to learning the technique of tying the knots to attach the hair to a wig foundation (also known as ventilating). This is a tremendously important and useful skill and skilled craftspeople are in high demand!

This is a basic-level, one-day workshop and there are no prerequisites. All materials will be provided.

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Saturday, May 27 / 9 a.m.–3:45 p.m.
45 minute lunch break at approximately noon; lunch is provided.

Guthrie Theater Wig Shop
Guthrie Theater
818 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis

Thanks to generous support from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the cost for this workshop is only $75, approximately 30% of typical cost. Guthrie Staff receive 20% off. Limited scholarship options exist; inquire about scholarships by emailing

Earlier Event: May 22
Stage Managers' Meet Up
Later Event: June 19
Arena Ground Rigging