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Wig Workshop I: Learning the Basics

  • 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, very 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 Stearns Adams and Wig Designer Jess Rau 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 class and there are no prerequisites. This is a One-Day Workshop.

Saturday August 11th, 9am - 3:45pm.
45 minute lunch break at approximately noon; lunch is provided.

Guthrie Theater Wig Shop
Guthrie Theater
818 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415

All materials will be provided.

This workshopis made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. With this support we are able to offer this workshop for only $75, approximately 30% of typical cost.
Guthrie Staff receive 20% off. Limited Scholarship options exist.
For information on scholarships, or if you have any questions or concerns, please email