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All Made Up

"You can work backstage in show business, have a great career, doing things that you didn’t even imagine."

All Made Up

On Friday, March 1, Education at Roundabout hosted the fifth Hidden Career Path Day of the school year focusing on Hair and Make-up. The day was produced in partnership with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).

33 students from five New York City high schools traveled to 42nd Street and The American Airlines Theatre to learn about backstage careers. The students experienced five interactive demonstrations with Local 798 Members and Roundabout Education Staff. 

During each rotation, IATSE members responded to student-generated questions about training, networking, and sustaining a career in the entertainment industry. 

The students learned about wig construction, how to prep and put on a wig, creating bruises and scars, and period make-up before heading on a backstage tour of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre and New Amsterdam Theatre. Each year, Hidden Career Path Days shine a light on the possible pathways to careers in the theatre, including: Hair and Make-up, Electrics, Sound, Stagehands, Wardrobe, and Front of House.

“It’s a way for the students to see what the real jobs are, what they can do when they go out in the world."

— Patricia White, Director of Education and Training, IATSE

IATSE Hidden Career Path days are funded, in part, by The Elroy and Terry Krumholz Foundation.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.