Theatrical, Specialty and Special Effects Makeup

COVID-19 Protocols for Students 

Off the wall Theatre Production Facilities

Off the Wall is committed to keeping a clean and safe classroom and studio so that learning can happen in the safest way possible. We will provide personal protective equipment for all students upon their arrival to the studio.  The space will be regularly cleaned and sanitized for the duration of the course. Maintaining cleanliness during the course can be only done with students accepting their responsibility for their role in ensuring the safety of others.

Makeup Intensive may be taken as part of the Theatre Production Arts certificate.
Dates: July 26 - 30, 2021

During this comprehensive hands-on course, discover an exciting variety of theatrical makeup techniques, tips and tricks from a team of specialty makeup professionals. 

Practice basic male and female stage makeup and explore a variety of character looks, applying aging and bruising, bald caps and facial hair. 

Build reusable 3-D prosthetics, such as noses, forehead shapes and chins, and learn to paint them for a finished look. Construct fake teeth to fit over your own. Create and apply makeup to disposable prosthetics for an assortment of special effects, including wounds, scars, lacerations and bullet holes.

Observe how receding hairlines and lace-backed mustaches, beards and mutton chops are created for professional theatre, and practice a low-cost alternative, laying your own crepe wool facial hair. 

Observe and practice body- and face-painting techniques; in particular, apply white-face specialty makeup used for cirque, mime, Geisha, sugar skull or zombie looks. Explore the ever-expanding and colourful world of face and body art.

Discover theatrical and special-event makeup, such as male and female drag, painted alcohol-based tattoos, glitter and henna tattoos, crystal tattoos incorporating gemstones, and learn eyelash application techniques.

In this makeup intensive, students will:

  • Become familiar with makeup history, trends and careers;

  • Learn hygienic procedures for applying makeup to others;

  • Use a variety of application tools – brushes, sponges, air brushes, stencils and fingers; 

  • Create reusable and disposable prosthetics for face and body, applying makeup to them;

  • Work with a variety of sealers, adhesives and removers;

  • Apply special effects products such as liquid latex, nose and scar wax, gelatin flesh effects, rigid collodion, and different fake-blood products.


The low student-to-teacher ratio ensures instruction is geared to the participant's skill level and experience. Please indicate your related experience when you register.

PACKAGE DEALS - Take multiple courses and save!


Option 1

​Combine this course with any other one-week course and you will save $50 for each additional one-week course.

Course 1 full price

Course 2 $50 discount

Course 3 $100 discount

This discount offer is limited to 3 courses. 

How do I take  advantage of package deal offer?

If you are interested in two or three courses, register and pay the deposit for each course. Our Registrar will then calculate the discount and invoice you for the balance owing via PayPal.

Option 2

Take five one-week courses and receive an

Off the Wall Theatre Production Arts Certificate (TPA). Cost for the TPA program is $2000, representing  a discount of $110 to $125 per course. All materials are supplied. Please note there will be a material surcharge of $35 for Artistic Welding, Makeup Intensive, Millinery and Drops & Murals.

Participants also receive complimentary tickets for many Stratford Festival productions.


Cost: $560

Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Factory163,

163 King Street,

Stratford N5A 4S2

Target enrollment: 16 students

For more information, contact:
Susan Starkweather, Program Advisor

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