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Christal Schanes
Wig and Makeup Faculty (2012)

Originally from Rockford, Illinois, Christal earned a B.S. in Costume Design in 1999 after receiving a B.S. in Visual Arts at Illinois State University. Having fallen in love with the collaborative nature of theatre, Christal began exploring wig building and prosthetics. Accepted to University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) into the graduate wig and makeup design program, she studied intensely to hone her craft. In 2003 Christal received an MFA with a focus on wig building and prosthetics. Continuing her studies in NYC, she received her Barbering and Cosmetology licenses, as well as her I.A.T.S.E. Local 798 Union Hair membership. She is also a member of the Television Academy.

With goals set high, Christal has been a full-time member of NBC‘s “Saturday Night Live” Hair/Wig Department since 2005 where, in September 2012, she won an Emmy Award for her work on the show.  She owns her own wig-building business called FeatherLight Wigs and has built wigs for many companies, including her main client, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”. She completed the first six episodes of Adult Swim's "The Heart She Holler" as Wig Builder and Head of Hair Department. She has worked on many films including Premium Rush, Old Dogs, Righteous Kill, Salt, Spiderman 3, and has designed hair/wigs for films including Death In Love and Dennis Hopper’s last film, The Last Film Festival. Christal was the third hairstylist for the 2008 pilot and 2008-2009 season of NBC’s Kings.

Christal has worked with many Broadway designers, on shows including the new revival of Cyrano de Bergerac with the Roundabout Theatre Company as prosthetics designer, and at American Ballet Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera and Shakespeare in the Park. Christal has designed for many productions at Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Arena Stage and Westchester Broadway Theatre, and more recently, has been working with PTTP (resident theatre company) at University of Delaware, providing several wig designs including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “All the King’s Men”, “The Good Doctor” and “O Beautiful”.

Christal has taught various master classes at venues such as John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, University of Massachusetts, and Duke University, and has worked as full time Wig and Prosthetic Faculty for the 2006-2007 academic year at UNCSA, where she has now recently rejoined the faculty.