AMUA Pro Card Event
From left: Ashley Driver, Michael Key, Beverly Gore Norcross, Jim Glavan | Photo courtesy of AMUA

Make-up pros and students gathered for an evening of education and networking at this summer’s Make-Up Artist Pro-Card Event in Nashville, Tenn. Make-Up Artist magazine, the Academy of Make Up Arts and effects shop Animax Designs teamed up to produce the event, held June 25 at AMUA.

Beverly Gore Norcross, who teaches costume and make-up at Middle Tennessee State University, and Jim Glavan, an associate professor of Costume Design and Technology and Makeup at the University of Texas at Austin, discussed how they became involved with Richard Corson’s classic Stage Makeup book. The pair were tapped by the publisher to update the book after Corson’s death; their updates to the ninth and 10th editions included modernized make-up techniques. They also disclosed that the 11th edition, which they are also working on, will be the first to be published in full color; the expected release date is fall 2018.

Animax’s Sculpting and Skin Shop Supervisor Dave Nixon, Lead Mechanical Designer Jon Dawe and Vice President Rob Saunders also gave a presentation, in which they discussed working in make-up effects and finding work outside film and television. In conjunction with AMUA’s recent expansion of its prosthetics program, they also discussed the process of character creation.

Michael Key (third from left) with Academy of Make Up Arts students | Photo by Jeremy Ross

After the formal presentations, attendees mingled and Make-Up Artist magazine publisher Michael Key reviewed portfolios.

For more information on upcoming Make-Up Artist Pro-Card events, or to sign up for a Make-Up Artist Pro Card, go to