Birmingham make-up artist invited to speak at international trade show

Top honour for Rep leading man.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Head of Wigs and Make-up, Andrew Whiteoak, will be a guest speaker at this year’s International Make-up Artist Trade Show.

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Andrew, a leading expert in theatrical wigs and make-up appears at the event alongside other make-up global greats including Oscar-winning artists Mark Coulier (Grand Budapest Hotel), Makeup & Effects Laboratories CEO and movie veteran Allan Apone (The Avengers, the Iron Man films), Nick Dudman (the Harry Potter films, Penny Dreadful) and Millennium FX co-founder and media make-up artist Neill Gorton (Doctor Who, Saving Private Ryan).

IMATS is the make-up world’s biggest gathering. Thousands of make-up artists, exhibitors and enthusiasts discover, discuss, display and collect the best the industry has to offer. The 2014 event now in its second year at Olympia National takes place from 27th–29th June and will be packed with film, fashion, TV and theatre artists who share techniques and give demonstrations.

Andrew Whiteoak celebrates his 20th year at Birmingham Repertory Theatre this September. At IMATS he’ll discuss the highlights of his career and the opportunities and training that exist for students living outside London.

During his career at The REP Andrew has designed and created wigs and make-up and hair designs for hundreds of productions including Cabaret, The Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Carol, East is East, The Witches, Noises Off, Of Mice and Men, Little Shop of Horrors, The Crucible and Peter Pan to name but a few.

Many of the shows Andrew has worked on have transferred to the West End and toured the UK and internationally, most notably Twelve Angry Men starring Martin Shaw, The Snowman (West End, UK tour and Korea), The Pajama Game (West End and Toronto),The Importance of Being Earnest (Toronto) and The Rocky Horror Show 25th Anniversary Tour.

Andrew is also in demand across the wigs and make-up industry having designed and created styles for countless actors and entertainers including Maureen Lipman, Jason Donovan, Rupert Everett, Martin Freeman ,Gary Barlow, David Essex, Simon Callow, Anita Dobson and Matthew Kelly.

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