Thu 11 Jul 2019

Film & theatre makeup pro joins WITT

Makeup Artistry and Special Effects students will have a new tutor in the classroom from Semester 2, and he comes to WITT with hands-on experience in some exciting industries.

Steven Hopgood has joined the WITT Hair and Beauty team after having spent many years making his mark in the makeup and special effects industry. He’s worked on box-office movie sets and backstage on countless theatre productions, and he’s previously tutored in makeup artistry, special effects and barbering.

Steven’s industry experience is vast and, not surprisingly, he boasts a very impressive resumé.

“I have had many opportunities to train with makeup artists from around the world.  I’ve done many theatre shows and movies over the years and enjoy sharing my talents,” he says.

“I’ve worked on movies such as Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Underworld and a couple of short films. And in theatre, I was Head of Department and Design for Les Misérables. I’ve worked on some great shows and musicals such as Phantom of the Opera, The Buddy Holly Show, Grease, The Sound of Music and West End to Broadway.”  

“A highlight in my career has been working with some top makeup artists from around the world. Mark Busen, Marvin Westmoore, Peter King, Mike Packs and Jeff Fliton – to name a few.”

Steven’s relocated his family from the Waikato to Taranaki and is excited to see what the region has to offer. Having previously tutored at Wintec as well as a private provider in Hamilton, he says he’s looking forward to being at WITT and getting back into teaching.

“When the opportunity to teach special effects presented itself at WITT, I jumped at the chance to join the team,” Steven says. “I enjoy teaching students so much, so I decided to return to tutoring. I feel my passion is in teaching – it’s something I love to do.”

Steven’s looking forward to sharing his unique skills and industry knowledge with WITT students.

“I’m excited to develop makeup and special effects within Taranaki, through WITT. My goal in this role is to create talented makeup artists, and I hope to see some WITT graduates going on to succeed in the growing film and theatre industry,” he says.

“I’m here to give opportunities to our learners to go on and be our future.”

WITT’s Hair and Beauty Programme Manager Kirsty Ryan says that Steven’s arrival is an exciting time for both the department and the students.

“We are pretty lucky to have Steven on board. It’s a great opportunity for our students to get a personal insight into the growing area of film and theatre makeup.”

“I think the skills and knowledge Steven brings to WITT will really grow and develop our makeup artistry students, and it’s something I look forward to seeing unfold.”