Nikiya Mathis

HAIRstory: How to Design for Actors of Color

PRICE: Pay What You Want
DATE: September 30 | 7:00 pm ET


DESCRIPTION: From Hollywood to theatre, Black actresses have been vocal about the challenges they face when it comes to on set-stylists, wig supervisors and even designers who don't know how to properly style and care for their hair. As a classically trained Actress and Hair & Wig Designer, Nikiya Mathis has the unique experience and understanding of both worlds. In this workshop, she will address the lack of natural hair education that persists in hair design & work to fill in the communication gaps. She will coach Costume Designers, Wig Designers and Wig Supervisors on how to: ▪️Confidently communicate with actors of color regarding their hair ▪️Establish trust & avoid the tension that often persists between actors of color and designers/wig supervisors ▪️Understand the differences in hair types from 1-4C textures ▪️Collaborate with actresses of color on a styling plan ▪️Find hair design options, when the theater is working with a tight budget and wigs are not an option. ▪️And more!

BIO: ActTRESSES Hair is a Hair & Wig design company created by actress Nikiya Mathis. After years of experiencing her own hair-horror stories, in theater and on television sets, and hearing actresses of color express the need to have someone who understands and caters to their hair needs, she became the change she wanted to see in the world. Nikiya has created ActTRESSES Consulting, which specializes in wig design and styling for actors of color in film, TV and theater. Actors she's styled for include tv stars Anika Noni Rose, Susan Kalechi Watson, Dewanda Wise, John Torturro, Andre Holland, Angela Lewis, Adrienne C. Moore & Jessica Frances Dukes. Along with Broadway stars Pascale Armand, Susan Hayward, Carra Patterson, Q Smith and more. Nikiya's hair/wig designs and styles have also appeared on television shows such as Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Someone Great, and Charmed, among others. Her theatrical style & design work has been seen in productions at The Public Theatre (For Colored Girls) Signature Theatre (Big Love and By the Way Meet Vera Stark), New York Theatre Workshop (Hurricane Diane), MCC (Relevance), Soho Rep (For all the Women Who Thought They We're Mad), Women's Project (Our Fear Dead Drug Lord), Ars Nova (Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of The Future), Page 73 Productions @Walker Space (Stew), Ensemble Studio Theatre, Classical Theater of Harlem, National Black Theater, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre, Longwharf Theatre (An Iliad) Berkshire Theatre (Hair), Theatre Works (Sunset Baby), NYU Tisch (Bulrusher, Three Days In the Country, Project/Project), American Academy of Dramatic Art (Picnic) and Barnard College (Funny House of a Negro) Finally, Nikiya also provides hair workshops called "HAIRversations", for Actors of color, which are geared toward providing solutions to the "hair" question in casting. She also teaches hair design workshops for universities & organizations, including NYU Tisch Graduate Costume Design.

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