Wigs and Hair Dressing & Maintenance Certificate Program


Wigs and Hair Maintenance and Styling Certificate Program
This program offers practical instruction on the design, styling (dressing) and maintenance of wigs and hair pieces, taught by practicing experts in the field of stage hair. You will be exposed to various techniques and tips used by professional wig makers and designers, be introduced to different types of hair pieces, and learn how to prepare and attach them.
Wigs and Hair Dressing and Maintenance meets for five consecutive, eight-hour days. Each day covers a different topic, including demonstrations and lab practicals, in which you will have a hands-on opportunity to apply the skills learned to your own hair pieces.

For More Information, Contact:

Jonathan Webb
  • Email: jwebb19@depaul.edu
  • Phone: (312) 362-5295
  • FAX: (312) 362-8764

Who Should Attend

  • Experienced professionals in costuming, wardrobe and make-up who would like to sharpen their knowledge of stage hair
  • Actors who want to be able to create their own pieces for auditions and shows
  • Anyone interested in learning more about the craft


  • Basic head/skin preparation for facial hair and wigs
  • Handling and application of hair pieces
  • Washing and roller setting of wigs
  • Cleaning and dressing of facial hair
  • Creating armatures for period hair styles using both wigs and actors' hair
  • Coloring of wig and facial hair both before and after ventilating
  • Dressing wireless mics
  • Show maintenance issues

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for DePaul University Continuing and Professional Education Departmental Student Policies.
Will housing be provided?
Students are responsible for their own housing for the duration of the program. A list of housing recommendations can be provided by contacting jwebb19@depaul.edu.
How often do the classes meet?
Each course will be comprised of five consecutive classes of seven hours each, with a daily lunch break.
What is the average class size?
Class size is limited to allow for a more interactive environment in the classroom. Most classes have less than twenty students.
Do these courses count for college credit?
WHC courses do not count for college credit, but students can earn Certificates of Professional Achievement from DePaul University.
Will there be homework?
Some work will extend beyond class hours.
Are there final exams for these courses?
There are no final exams, but there are required projects for completing the course.
Who teaches the Wigs and Hair Chicago Certificate Programs?
Nan Zabriskie and Rick Jarvie teach these programs. Nan, program director and teacher, has headed the makeup program at The Theatre School at DePaul University for over 30 years. She has taught both designers and actors the art of stage makeup. She designs specialty makeup for The Goodman Theatre and Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago as well as trains their actors in makeup application. Rick is a freelance Make-Up Artist and Wig Designer with over 30 years of experience in the field. He worked with the Lyric Opera of Chicago for 28 year-11 of them as Wig Master. Rick received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY, and was part of the San Francisco Opera Wig and Makeup Training Program.
What happens if the class is cancelled?
Although we prefer not to, DePaul CPE reserves the right to cancel classes. If we do cancel a class for which you have paid, you will have the option of transferring to a different class or receiving a full refund. All airfare and other transportation costs related to a CPE course are the sole responsibility of the student. If you book flights, bus ticket, or other mode of transportation, you assume the risk in the event we must cancel the course. DePaul University leaves the choice of transportation and affiliated expenses up to each individual.


Online registration is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Add the course you are interested in to your shopping cart and proceed to checkout. Registration is also available via phone, fax or mail. An Adobe Acrobat PDF of the registration form is provided for your convenience.

Course Availability

Course Section Add to Shopping Cart
ART 102-00
Nan Zabriskie
Richard Jarvie
Theatre School, Make-Up Studio, 2350 N. Racine Ave., Room 306, Chicago IL
Monday, June 27 - Friday, July 1, 2016, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
3.5 CEUs
35 Contact Hours
Required Fees: Price
Course Materials$125.00
Registration - $75 late fee applied to registrations received after 6/20/2016$2,000.00