It’s another first for the show with Wig, Hair and Make-Up Designer Leah J. Loukas. Leah is here to teach us everything we wanted to know about Hair Design. She talks us through the artistic process of designing hair as well as the logistical and economical realities of her profession. Cory and Leah chat about the challenges of designing blood soaked hair for ‘Carrie’, famous locks for ‘A Night with Janis Joplin’ and her current work in ‘On the Town’ and the upcoming ‘Heidi Chronicles.’ She’s got some great stories and insight about designing hair that must be true to the period, practical for 8 shows a week, and comfortable for the actors. She even touches on her love/hate relationship with those pesky hair intruders known as mic packs. Let it fly in the breeze, get caught in the trees and give a home to the fleas, we’re talking hair!
Leah J. Loukas is a Wig, Hair and Make-up designer who’s Broadway credits include The Heidi Chronicles, On The Town, A Night with Janis Joplin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, American Idiot and Irena’s Vow. Shakespeare in the Park credits include Into the Woods and Love’s Labour’s Lost. Off-Broadway: Fortress of Solitude (Public Theatre), Heathers: the musical, Bare (New World Stages), Carrie: the musical (MCC), Tribes (Barrow Street), The Dance and The Railroad, Our Lady of Kiebeho, Queen’s Boulevard (the musical) (Signature Theatre), Murder in the First, Almost Home, Irena’s Vow (The Director’s Company), When We Were Young and Unafraid (MTC), Checkers (Vineyard), The Shaggs, Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra (Playwrights Horizons), On the Levee (LCT3), This Wide Night (Naked Angels) and Women or Nothing (Atlantic Theatre.)
At Paper Mill Playhouse she has designed The Sound of Music, The Little Mermaid, Oliver!, South Pacific, Grease and Elf. Her Assistant credits on Broadway include Bring It On, Clybourne Park, Newsies, Bonnie & Clyde, Memphis, Guys and Dolls and High Fidelity. She has worked regionally at countless theatres including Hartford Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, A.R.T., and Long Wharf. Leah holds a BFA from University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.