Speaker Bios

Amy Van Wormer

Amy Van Wormer

Amy Van Wormer has been working as a make-up artist for 14 years on such films as The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.  She has also headed the make-up departments on films and television shows including Daydream Nation, The Tomorrow People and Red Widow. She is now working on Arrow and teaching at Vancouver Film School’s Make-up Design for Film and Television program.

2015 Battle of the Brushes

Battle of the Brushes

The competition is open to students of a recognized make-up school and to those who have graduated 12 months prior to the competition date. Eight competitors will be selected for each competition. Cash and/or prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners for each competition. To qualify, you must fill out and send us the entry form, along with 8-10 photos of different looks you have done. Photos don't have to represent the make-up you plan to enter in the competition. All entries, photos and artwork become the non-returnable property of Key Publishing Group.

The character/prosthetic competition takes place on Saturday. Competitors will be given prosthetics on the day of competition, which they must incorporate into their designs. The time limit for the character competition is three hours. No outside prosthetics are allowed, only the ones supplied by IMATS. Our 2015 character/prosthetic theme is Age Make-up Challenge.

The beauty/fantasy competition takes place on Sunday, and the time limit is two hours. Our 2015 beauty/fantasy theme is Historical Beauty Trends.

Bill Corso

Bill Corso

Bill Corso has collaborated with industry legends including Rick Baker, Ve Neill and Steve Johnson. His film work includes John Carter, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Planet of the Apes and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (for which he won an Achievement in Makeup Oscar). Corso and Johnson earned two Emmys for their work in TV miniseries based on Stephen King’s The Stand and The Shining. Corso is a governor of the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He also recently founded the Digital Make-up Group, which aims to combine make-up and digital effects.

Candice Stafford-Bridge

Candice Stafford-Bridge

After graduating from make-up school in April 1998, Candice Stafford applied to the local IATSE film union and was granted membership in 2001. Since then she has worked on countless film and television productions both assisting and as head of department. Now, as the co-chair of the make-up department for IATSE Local 891, Stafford is focused on keeping members’ skills at world-class levels and ensuring standards are maintained.

Dutch Bihary

Dutch Bihary

Dutch Bihary enjoys applying his illustrative style to all face- and body-painting media. He teaches classes internationally and was a finalist in the first season of Skin Wars. He also enjoys 3-D black-light mural art and special make-up effects; he has several movies and music videos to his credit. Bihary’s unique painting style led him to coin a technique he calls Blobology. With his wife, Brecky, he owns and operates Contours FX.

Jen and Sylvia Soska

Writers, directors, actors, stunt players and identical twins, Jen and Sylvia Soska, have always loved twisted film. Their debut, Dead Hooker In A Trunk, was an instant cult classic and won the Soska sisters much praise. In 2008 the twins incorporated, Twisted Twins Productions. Their second feature, American Mary, won numerous awards. The Soska sisters are also known for the film See No Evil 2 and their first film outside of horror, the soon to be released, Vendetta.

Joel Harlow

Joel Harlow’s career in make-up began in 1986. In more than 30 years as a professional make-up artist, he has been responsible for cutting-edge make-up and prosthetics featured in several high-caliber projects for film and television. His work has been honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, garnering him two Emmy Awards and an Oscar. His expansive credit list includes all four of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Alice in Wonderland, Star Trek, Dark Shadows, The Rum Diary, The Lone Ranger and Logan, among many others. At IMATS Los Angeles 2013, he launched his custom line of professional silicone prosthetics through Frends Beauty Supply.

Jon Hennessey

Known as an international artist, educator and agency owner, Jon Hennessey’s 25-year career in the fashion and beauty industries has taken him from Milan to Mexico City, Dublin to Dubai and countless other cities and countries. For two decades, he has shared his knowledge and creative approach with tens of thousands of artists, as well as mentoring some of the most dynamic talent in the industry today. 

Kevin James Bennett

Kevin James Bennett is known across the industry as one of the most product-driven, business-focused artists of a generation. Not only is he an Emmy Award winner and incredibly successful make-up artist, he is a leader and educator in all aspects of the industry, an inspirational voice and, without a doubt, one of the most intensive product experts.  
Rich Knight

Rich Knight

Rich Knight is a 23-year special make-up effects industry veteran. His numerous credits include 100 Million BC, Beowulf, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Omen, Poseidon, NCIS, CSI, Alias, House, Power Rangers and The X-Files. In addition to teaching at Seattle’s Tint School of Makeup and Cosmetology, Knight has taught at EI School of Professional Makeup and Cinema Makeup School. He’s also a contributing writer for Make-Up Artist magazine and a former IMATS Los Angeles Make-up Museum curator.

Siân Richards

Siân Richards is an award-winning make-up artist. Richards has worked in every avenue that make-up demands, from editorial to special effects. She won the Broadcast Film Critics Choice Award for the transformation she performed on Halle Berry in Cloud Atlas and was Emmy and 706 Guild Award nominated for her transformation of Queen Latifah into ’30s blues icon Bessie Smith. Richards just completed working on Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, just wrapped Avengers: Infinity War and will shoot Avengers 4 (Untitled) this fall. You can see more of her work on Chadwick Boseman on the Netflix original Message from the King. She also has a successful brand called Siân Richards London.

Sonia Leal-Serafim

Sonia Leal-Serafim is known for her strong work with both make-up and hair. She is renowned for creating diverse looks ranging from sexy glamour to ‘no make-up’ make-up and male grooming. Her high-end editorial work has graced the covers of GQ and People, as well as the faces of celebrities Ivanka Trump, Ellen Page, Ashley Green and Fergie. She also works as a brand ambassador for Giorgio Armani Cosmetics.

Thomas E. Surprenant

Thomas E. Surprenant

Thomas E. Surprenant has been a make-up artist for more than 30 years and has developed products and techniques to further the craft. He has been nominated for three Emmys and has won twice. Surprenant has also been part of two Academy Award-winning make-up crews and has received a Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild award. He has contributed to Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the Syfy show Defiance and has designed brushes for the Bdellium Tools SFX line.

Tina Teoli

Tina Teoli has done make-up for more than two decades. She graduated from make-up school in 1993 and went on to head the make-up departments on many film and television productions, including Smallville, When Calls the Heart, Hope Island, Like Mike 2: Streetball, Radio Rebel, If I Had Wings and Jingle All the Way 2. She now heads the make-up department on the CW hit show The Flash.

Zabrina Matiru

With 15 years’ experience as a make-up artist, Zabrina Matiru’s career has ranged from commercials to acclaimed television series. She is also personal make-up artist to Michael Bublé and Javier Bardem, as well as for the legendary athletes of Team Jordan. Among Matiru’s career highlights are designing make-up for The Muppets of Oz, Once Upon a Time, CW’s Supernatural—and teaching at Vancouver Film School. Currently, she is the make-up designer for Colony Season Three.