Lecture/Demo: The Art of Period Wig and Makeup Design for The Great Gatsby


Location: B024 DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (basement) (View on map )

Period Wig and Makeup Design for The Great Gatsby

Professional wig and makeup designer Sarah Bussard will be creating the iconic hairstyles and makeup for FTT’s upcoming production of The Great Gatsby (April 10-14 at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center). She will give a talk and demonstration about the creation of the Art Deco wigs, hairstyles, and makeup that will be used in our production.  This is a unique opportunity to see the creative work that happens backstage for an FTT show.

Free and open to the public; space is limited. RSVP requested by Thursday, April 4.  RSVP here or email theatre@nd.edu.


This event is made possible in part by support from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame.  



Sarah E. Bussard is a Wig, Makeup, and Costume Designer with work in theatre (Indiana Repertory Theatre, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse) opera (Sarasota Opera, Virginia Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and Chautauqua Opera, among others) as well as Film and Video. 


Her recent designs include Raisin in the Sun (Indiana Repertory Theatre), The Imaginary Invalid (Notre Dame Film, Television, and Theatre), The Drowsy Chaperone (Bethel College Theatre), and Metamorphoses (Taylor University). She served as Key Makeup for Silk Trees (Evermore Pictures), as well as Evaluating Kaitly, and 177, award-winning short films with Runaway Pen Productions. 


She received her M.F.A. in Makeup and Wig Design and Production at the University of Cincinnati, from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where she studied wig making and design, and her B.A. in Liberal Studies (concentrations in Theatre, Literature, and Writing) from Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana.


She served as Theatre Design and Production Faculty from 2012-2016 at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas, where she supervised student designers and technicians, managed the costume and makeup shop, and taught a variety of courses including design and production.  She regularly guest lectures and teaches workshops in costume/makeup/wig design, history, and production.