Make-up Designory L.A. Campus Faculty


Sean Conklin is a freelance make-up artist and graduate of several of MUD’s educational programs. He received his G.E.D. from the Department of Education; State of California and went on to study theatre at Mira Costa College. His commitment to perfecting his art and years of dedication implementing MUD’s brand philosophy earned him the role of MUD’s Lead Artist. He is an active contributor to the development of MUD products, designer for MUD’s seasonal campaigns and an International Brand Ambassador educating and training MUD partners around the world. His experience extends into film, television and print with professional credits that include: American Idol, BET Award Show, numerous WB spots (Where L.A. Lives), HGTV spots (Selling L.A.), MTV’s Next, TV Land’s She’s Got the Look, and various infomercials and feature films. From catalogs to magazines, Sean’s work has been featured in Elle and Flaunt Magazines, Lands’ End Catalogs, and LA Weekly,  and . He’s worked with notable entertainment personalities including: Chris Brown, Marcia Cross, Jason Alexander, Adam Arkin, Bill Mosely, Camryn Manheim, Jane Kaczmarek, Justin Kirk, Jason Priestly, Alanis Morissette and Giovanni Ribisi. In 2014, Sean lead a team of MUD make-up artists behind the scenes at the 2014 Miss USA and Miss Teen USA competitions. His work as a featured artist on MUD’s official YouTube channel has helped garner millions of views and countless of online fans worldwide.



Stacy Bisel has been a professional make-up artist for the past 13 years and is also a licensed cosmetologist. Mrs. Bisel is a graduate of Russell High School in Russell, KY, University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY, Pasadena City College Cosmetology Program, and Make-up Designory. She has been with Celestine Agency for the past ten years and has extensive knowledge in print, commercial, and film with professional credits in print including Disney, Target, Samsung, Chevrolet, Martha Stewart Weddings and Old Navy. She has also worked in reality television America's Next Top Model and has production credits in DVD Documentaries including: The Dark Knight Rises, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and the re-release of The Wizard of Oz. She has also worked with celebrities Jolie Richardson, Laura Linney, Jordan Sparks and Viggo Mortensen to name a few.



DeeDee Black graduated from Laurel High School in Laurel, Maryland and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore. She started her career as a production hair and make-up artist in her hometown of New York City, New York. She has shared her skills with various media including commercials, print, fashion shows, television and film. She has worked with Olympic winner Allyson Felix, Lady Gaga, 50 Cent and a host of others. She is a graduate of Redondo Beach Beauty College and Redondo Beach, California and is a licensed cosmetologist. She has been an instructor at MUD since 2007.



Shanna Cistulli has been a makeup artist and educator for over a decade. She graduated from White Bear Lake High School in White Bear Lake, Minnesota and continued her education by studying Fine Arts at Century College, MI. After moving to California she attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in L.A., where she was first introduced to and fell in love with makeup artistry. As a professional makeup artist Shanna has worked with an extensive list of successful designers, photographers, artists, and celebrities. She has been a national makeup educator and trainer for Bloom Cosmetics in North America, and an instructor for Los Angeles Mission College's Community Extension Program, teaching Corrective Beauty Makeup. Her work has been seen on the History Channel, My Fair Wedding with David Tutera, The Rachael Ray Show, and in commercials for Fed Ex and Hilton Hotels. She has been published in Seventeen, Prom, Retro Lovely, Car Kulture Deluxe, and Stiletto magazines. Her print and advertising credits include: Unique Vintage, Mod Cloth, Dolly Couture, Pinup Girl Clothing, Michelle Hebert Art and Fashion, KOA Swimwear, and Cartel Ink.



A Salt Lake City and Seattle native, Nikki DeRoest has been in the makeup and hair industry for ten years. She is a freelance artist, working both in make-up and hairdressing. She graduated from Sumner High in Sumner, WA and went on to train as a hairdresser with an apprenticeship at Jake Thompson Hair in Salt Lake City, UT. Her make-up training was self taught, followed by courses through Aveda, Stila, Bobbi Brown, and Jane Iredale. She is known for her range of versatility; creating flawlessly beautiful to edgy, conceptual, and avant-garde make-ups. She has worked on projects from fashion campaigns to TV commercials and music videos.



Jed Dornoff is a MUD graduate and a Union Journeyman Makeup Artist at Local 706 in Los Angeles. He received his high school diploma from St. Anthony High School in Long Beach, CA and went on to attend Long Beach City College where he received his associate degree in Acting. Jed also served 8 years in the US Navy’s Submarine Force. His diverse professional experience as a makeup artist expands over 14 years and includes: running stage shows, effects lab and studio work, film and television, print, and as well as becoming fashion show certified with MAC. His most recent credits include: Scouts vs. Zombies, Criminal Minds, Dexter, Newsreaders, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Details magazine, Vampire Diaries, Torchwood, House, Dark Skies, Major Crimes, Insidious, The Artist, The Amazing Spider Man, Red State, Thor, Priest, True Blood, No Ordinary Family, Star Trek XI, CSI Miami, The Soloist, NTSF:SD:SUV, 2012 BET Awards, Children’s Hospital, Wild About Harry, and Pirates of the Caribbean II, III, & IV.


JENN HALL INSTRUCTOR Jenn Hall has been a professional make-up artist and special make-up effects artist for over 9 years. After graduating from Titusville High School in Titusville, FL and completing her Associates Degree in Film at Full Sail University, she began her career apprenticing under Rick Gonzales in Orlando where she partnered with him on several projects which lead to her becoming the lead supervisor of his shop. Her film work ranges from special effects techniques to more classic beauty looks on a variety of films, television productions and music videos. Ms. Hall was a key make-up artist on such films as Would You Rather, Alyce, By the Wayside, Terror Inside, Days of Darkness, Wolf Pack of Reseda, Pose Down, and many others . Her special make-up effects film credits include The Crazies, Devil, Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!, Automaton Transfusion and Doomsday County, for which she won a ScreamFest Film “Best Special Effects Make-up” award. Her beauty make-up credits include A Modern Twain Story: the Prince and the Pauper and A Glaring Emission. She was the assistant creature creator on Box of Shadows, and worked on five episodes of the television series Fear Clinic. Ms. Hall’s most recent work has been applying prosthetics for Mr. Jeffrey Combs for the play Nevermore: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe, working on- and off-camera for SyFy’s Face Off and for the MTV Film Awards.

DAVID HARRINGTON INSTRUCTOR As a stylist with over 30 years of experience, David Harrington is a creative force in the entertainment and salon industries, having styled for fashion greats such as Gucci, Escada, Vidal Sassoon, and Shu Uemura. He is a graduate of Abbeville High School in Abbeville, LA and The Institute of Cosmetology, Trilogy and Esthetic in Lafayette, LA, and has professional training from Vidal Sassoon, Toni & Guy, Christine Valmy, Rudy Harlow, Bumble & Bumble, Orlando Peta, and Bryin Smoot. Mr. Harrington has also worked as a personal stylist for talent such as Paula Abdul and Erik Palladino and his artistry has been showcased on runways, on Entertainment Tonight, Univision, the British GQ Awards, Los Angeles Magazine, and more. He is a licensed cosmetologist in Louisiana, New York, California and Hawaii and has spent his career working with a diverse clientele throughout London, New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Mr. Harrington is currently sharing his talent and vision in Los Angeles.

BYRD HOLLAND MAKE-UP ARTIST EMERITUS Byrd Holland is a recognized professional make-up artist and a member of Local 706, The Make- Up Artists and Hairstylists Union IATSE. His career spans 40 years in television, theater, and print. Mr. Holland’s film credits include working as Department Head for productions such as Executive Action, The Spectre of Edgar Allan Poe, I Crossed the Color Line, Rabid, and Journey to the Center of Time. Mr. Holland’s television credits include The Alamo: Thirteen Days To Glory, Six Against the Rock, Crazy Times, Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge, Crisis in Midair, The Bill Cosby Variety Show, The Rock & Roll Years, and American Bandstand. In addition, Mr. Holland worked as the Department Head for Hard Copy for four years. Over the course of his career, he has worked with prominent actors, musicians, and entertainment personalities that include John Travolta, Danny DeVito, Cloris Leachman, Tom Hanks, Burt Reynolds, Natalie Cole, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Hal Linden, Jonathan Winters and James Arness. He has also worked with Jimmy Carter, Senator and Mrs. Bob Dole, and Governor Pete Wilson.

TATE HOLLAND CEO, PRESIDENT Tate Holland has worked in make-up education and cosmetic sales, manufacturing and distribution for the last 18 years. He is also an experienced Administrator and School Director. Along with his school responsibilities, Mr. Holland is active in local community affairs. He is a former President of CAPPS, the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools, the Burbank Chamber of Commerce, and the Burbank Downtown Business Improvement District. He is also a member of the Measure K Budgetary Oversight Committee for the Newhall School District. Mr. Holland holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the American University in Washington, DC.

VERONICA LANE INSTRUCTOR Veronica Lane has been a professional make-up & hair artist for over 20 years. She is a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles, Creative Cosmetics Makeup School, and received her cosmetology license from Cerritos Community College in 1992. In 1989 she answered an ad in the newspaper for a makeup sales position at the Max Factor Museum and Boutique where she first got her taste of makeup and design, and paved the way for many more opportunities to come. She went on to work for the world-renowned hair company, Sebastian International, in the 1990’s where she taught seasonal makeup collections throughout the United States and Canada. Throughout her career she has worked in film, television, reality television, commercials, fashion shoots, advertising, press junkets, and red carpet events. She loves to teach others and share her knowledge of the industry. Her client list includes: L’ANZA healing hair care, K-Swiss, Wal-Mart, Target, Montage Laguna Beach, Kodak, BBC America, Best Buy, Pet Armour, Mazda, McDonalds, Oxygen Network, Vybemobile, Toys R’ Us, Giada at Home, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Megan Mullaly Show, the ESPY’s and many more. As a freelance make-up artist working for 20 years, she continues to be a force in a very competitive industry.

LISA LEVERIDGE INSTRUCTOR Lisa Leveridge has been a professional make-up artist and hair stylist for 25 years. Her career began after graduating John H. Glenn High School and Long Island Beauty School in New York, where she received a cosmetology license. She began working on various television productions for ABC, NBC, FOX, HBO, MTV, VH-1, PBS, and Comedy Central, as well as print and runway for Revlon, and Betsey Johnson. In 1996, she was given the opportunity to move to Los Angeles where she continued as the makeup artist for Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, (later named Real Time with Bill Maher). This led her to join the make-up artist Union Local 706. Her vast experience in the industry has allowed her to work on sitcoms, sketch shows, reality shows, talk shows, episodic shows, game shows, commercials, award shows, red carpet events, news shows, print ads, and fashion shows. She has been the personal make-up artist for Jenny McCarthy, Carmen Electra, and Kathy Griffin. Her celebrity client list also includes: Sarah Jessica Parker, Tom Hanks, Chris Rock, Claudia Schiffer, Ben Affleck, Sarah Silverman, Michael Buble, Bill Clinton, Rob Lowe, Alec Baldwin, Nicole Richie, Jack Black, Marilyn Manson, Cyndi Lauper, Green Day, and Guns n' Roses. Most recently she has lent her talent to Dancing with the Stars.

DAVID LANGFORD INSTRUCTOR David Langford began his career after graduating from Fountain Valley High School in Fountain Valley, CA by doing make-up for local theater productions. After realizing his passion for the craft, he subsequently trained at the Joe Blasco Makeup Artist Training Center in Hollywood and began working on small TV productions such as Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, then later on Jeopardy with Alex Trebek and The Richard Simmons Show. Mr. Langford was also Department Head on the Paramount lot and remains the Senior Make-Up Consultant for Disney, doing make-up for premiers of Disney films and ABC specials on shows such as Dancing With the Stars.

KAT LASKEY INSTRUCTOR Kat Laskey is a native of Miami, Florida where she began her make-up career in 2004. After obtaining her GED from the state of New Jersey she went on to graduate with her BFA from Florida International University where she studied Stage Make-up in their theater department. She has received additional training from The Powder Group, the Joe Blasco Makeup Artist Training Center and Temptu, and has worked for and trained with MAC Cosmetics and MAC Pro in Chicago. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Ms. Laskey freelances as a make-up artist for print, music videos, commercials, film, and television, and provides on-site hair and make-up services for weddings and red carpet events.


Gil Romero has been an educator with Make-up Designory for over 15 years. He is a graduate of Willow Park High School in Apple Valley, CA, Cinema Make-up School in Los Angeles, CA and Make-Up Designory. Additionally, he received training in make-up design and artistry from UCLA Extension and Schell Sculpture Studio, and has continued to further his own educational experiences by taking courses in management and instructional methodology through UCLA Extension, University of Phoenix, Victorville Community College, Skillpath and the Coalition of New York State Career Schools. Mr. Romero has lectured and demonstrated make-up techniques including injury simulation, the process of prosthetic construction and prosthetic application on behalf of MUD, both nationally and internationally. In 2009, he co-authored the second edition of Make-Up Designory’s Character Make-up textbook. As a professional make-up and special make-up effects artist, Mr. Romero has had extensive experience in film and television since 1995. His work has been seen on television shows and films including The Unit, Scrubs, Prison Break, Untold Stories of the E.R., The Sarah Silverman Show, The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Shield, America’s Next Top Model, Midnight Movie, Five Fingers with Laurence Fishburne, Route 666 with Lou Diamond Phillips, Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses, tattoo transfers for Sherri Moon-Zombie in The Lords of Salem and effects for the short film Wounded Embark of a Lovesick Mind by author/ illustrator and film director Gris Grimly. In addition to his film and television work, he has produced prosthetic make-ups and effects for Universal Studios’ Hollywood and Tokyo live- action stunt show WaterWorld, the Anubis puppets for The Mummy II: Chamber of Horrors, Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream event character “Jack”, FuseTV/ Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, Lady Gaga and other live musical performers, and specialty trauma simulations for companies and professional organizations including one of the largest and most technologically advanced burn centers in the U.S., the Integris Burn Center.


Gina Sandler has been a professional make-up artist for over 20 years. After graduating from Heritage High School in Conyers, Georgia, she moved to Los Angeles to work as a scenic artist in the film and television industry. She is a graduate of Joe Blasco Makeup Artist training center in Hollywood and has worked as a make-up artist extensively in commercials, print advertising, and editorials. Ms. Sandler commercial client list includes: Magnum Ice Cream bars, Canon, Simple Skin Care, Mercedes-Benz, EA Sports, Ford, Lincoln, Nike, Unilever, Taco Bell, and Seiko Watches. Her print advertising clients include: Sony, Billabong, Jaguar, Nikon, and Pepsi. Ms. Sandler has also completed editorial work for publications that include Vogue online, Detour, Glamour, LA Times Magazine, Paper, Shape, Arena, and Spin. She continues to expand her artistic skills by taking extensive visual art workshops in sculpting, painting and drawing.


Since moving to Los Angeles in 2002, Ray Shaffer has been employed in the motion picture industry as a special make-up effects sculptor, mold-maker, hair technician, and applications artist. He has worked with numerous Oscar®-winning make-up artists including Michele Burke, Barney Burman and Christien Tinsley and has assisted in producing prosthetic appliances for actors that have included Tom Cruise, Kevin Costner, Chris Pine, Leonard Nimoy, Jason Statham, and Winona Ryder. His filmography includes Star Trek (2009), The Watchman, Tron Legacy, Crank, I Am Legend, Mr. Brooks and Tropic Thunder. He attended Bourne High School in Bourne, MA and holds a BFA in Theatre from Salem State University in Massachusetts.


KarrieAnn Sillay has been a professional make-up and special make-up effects artist for fifteen years. Mrs. Sillay’s work has included film and television productions such as We Are Marshall, Heavens Fall, Elvis (CBS miniseries), The Crow, Gacy, Five Fingers, Rollerball 2000, and music videos for Limp Bizkit, Courtney Love, and Macy Gray. She has had the honor of working with many celebrities such as Laurence Fishburne, LL Cool J, Dennis Hopper, Jean Reno, Alan Arkin, Frank Langella, Tyler Perry, Juliet Landau, Tito Ortiz, Lucia Rijker, Tara Reid, David Boreanaz, Rose McGowan, Daniel Baldwin, Naveen Andrews, Rebecca Romijn, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Randy Quaid, Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Mackie, Russell Simmons, Colm Meaney, Ryan Phillippe, Timothy Hutton, Billy Zane, Bryan Cranston, and Chris Klein. Mrs. Sillay is a graduate of Woodbridge High School in Irvine, CA and Make-Up Designory. She continues to develop herself professionally by taking courses in instructional methodology and by working as an artist in the film and television industry.


KarrieAnn Sillay has been a professional make-up and special make-up effects artist for twenty years. Mrs. Sillay’s work has included film and television productions such as Ray Donovan, We Are Marshall, Heavens Fall, Elvis (CBS Miniseries), The Crow, Gacy, Five Fingers, Rollerball 2000, and music videos for Limp Bizkit, Courtney Love, and Macy Gray. She has had the honor of working with many celebrities such as Laurence Fishburne, LL Cool J, Dennis Hopper, Jean Reno, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, Frank Langella, Tyler Perry, Juliet Landau, Tito Ortiz, David Boreanaz, Rose McGowan, Daniel Baldwin, Naveen Andrews, Rebecca Romijn, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Randy Quaid, Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Mackie, Russell Simmons, Colm Meaney, Ryan Phillippe, Timothy Hutton, Billy Zane, and many more. Mrs. Sillay is a graduate of Woodbridge High School in Irvine, CA and Make-Up Designory. She continues to develop herself professionally by working as an artist in the film and television industry and taking courses in instructional methodology. Karen Stein has been a professional freelance make-up artist for over 12 years. In order to learn her trade, she studied with professionals from Make-up Forever, Bobbi Brown, Temptu, MAC, and Make-Up Designory. She recently was Department Head for the Hulu comedy Quick Draw, and has worked on television shows for Comedy Central, TLC, Food Network, PBS, DIY Network, BBC, History Channel, and GSN as well as the award-winning horror film, Babysitter Wanted. Her commercial work includes spots forWalmart, Guitar Center, and Ms. Stein is a graduate of Berkmar High School in Lilburn, GA and received her BFA in theatre from Emerson College in Boston, MA.


Paul Thompson is the Director of Education at Make-Up Designory and is a professional makeup artist with 24 years of experience, and an educator with 18 years of experience. He graduated high school in California at La Quinta High School, and then attended Orange Coast College and UCLA extension classes to learn the art of make-up. In addition to his make-up education, Mr. Thompson has completed courses in curriculum design and writing with the University of Phoenix, completed all course work required for a designated subjects vocational teaching credential at UCLA, and completed all course work to achieve a full teachers license in the State of New York. Over the course of his career he has been licensed to teach in California, Florida and New York. Mr. Thompson founded Creature Creations, a special make-up effects company specializing in television, commercial and theme park projects. One project resulted in the creation of the very first silicone bodysuit for Luke Perry in Robin Cook’s Invasion, an NBC mini-series. He also supervised film and television projects for the MUD/FX Group, a special make-up effects shop he co-founded. Mr. Thompson has held a number of educational specialist positions at several professional make-up schools including UCLA extension, and has lectured all over the world for major cosmetic companies such as MAC Cosmetics, Max Factor & Company, and Kryolan Cosmetics. Currently, he is responsible for the educational quality of the Los Angeles, New York and European MUD campuses which includes overseeing curricula, educational materials, and the recruitment and training of all faculty members. In addition to managing the development of curriculum for MUD’s main campuses, seminars and company training programs, he also manages MUD’s publishing endeavors. Mr. Thompson authored MUD’s character textbook Character Make-up, published in 2005 and co-wrote the second edition, published in 2009. Over the course of his career, he has worked with many prominent actors, musicians, and entertainment personalities including Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, Jackie Chan, Matthew Broderick, Christopher Reeve, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Cheech Marin, Pauly Shore, Traci Lords, John Dye, George Hamilton, Clint Howard, and Mark Kriski.

MARY ANNE TOCCALINO INSTRUCTOR Mary Anne Toccalino has been a professional make-up artist and consultant for the cosmetics industry for over 30 years. Since 1997, she has worked to develop a strong background in commercials, industrial videos, and print, for clients like Chrysler, General Motors, The Detroit Pistons, Merrill Lynch, Audi, K-Mart, Benetton, and Domino’s Pizza. Ms. Toccalino has worked for major cosmetics companies including Lancôme, Ralph Lauren, Rene Guinot, Sothys, La Prairie, Dermalogica, MOP, Giovanni, and Sebastian. Her more recent fashion credits include Lux Life Fashion Evolution 2007 in Miami, Florida. Ms. Toccalino has also owned and operated her own business for over nine years. Her film and television credits include work as a Make-Up Supervisor for Jelly at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, The Big Story, and The Faith Hill Special (NBC). She has worked with personalities such as Michael Jackson, Gary Oldman, Lily Tomlin and Rachel Hunter. Ms. Toccalino is a graduate of Radford Union High School in Radford, MI, Joe Blasco Makeup Artist Training Center in Hollywood, CA and Make-Up Designory. Ms. Toccalino has her A.A. in Humanitarian Arts from Oakland University in Oakland, MI and an Esthetician’s Degree from Virginia Farrell in Royal Oak, MI. Additionally, she has received make-up training from Lancome, MAC, Dermologica, Giovanni, Arbonne, Estee Lauder, Bumble & Bumble, and Toni & Guy; additionally, she has instructional methodology training from UCLA Extension and the Coalition of New York State Career Schools.

CHAD WASHAM INSTRUCTOR Chad Washam is a MUD graduate and has been a professional make-up effects artist for over 20 years. He graduated from South Fork High School in Stuart, Floridia and promptly began working in the field of make-up and creature effects. As a SAG Puppeteer, he has also been able to work for many of the top make up effects studios in the world. His theatrical credits include: Broadway and Theme park shows Disney’s The Lion King and Aladdin. His many film and television credits are: Men in Black, Batman and Robin; Nightmare on Elm Street; G.I Joe: Retaliation; True Blood, and Cloverfield. Commercially he has worked with: Carl's Jr; Subway, Orbit Gum; Burger King and Comcast Cable. He has also branched out into digital conceptual design focusing on character rendering and make-up design for productions.