Speaker Bios

Alex LaMarsh

Alex LaMarsh

At 6'2" Alex LaMarsh is a force to be reckoned with, whether she’s wielding a make-up brush or producing photo shoots. LaMarsh moved from Nebraska to San Francisco to study fashion and costume design; she worked as a theater and opera costumer before moving to New York to model. After living and working in Los Angeles for more than a decade, she moved to New York, where she’s now a make-up and hair artist and a beauty columnist.

Colin Penman

Colin Penman is an Emmy-winning make-up artist with 29 years of experience in film and television. He began primarily focusing on prosthetic and special make-up effects, but soon broadened his skills to encompass all aspects of make-up artistry. Penman heads the make-up department on Star Trek: Discovery and the hit series American Gods.  Other notable credits include the Stephen King mini-series 11-22-63, Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain, Pacific Rim, Total Recall, The Kennedys, Defiance, Copper and Hairspray.  

Dany Sanz

Dany Sanz is the creator and artistic director of MAKE UP FOR EVER. In the 1980s, there were very few products available to professional make-up artists; with the help of her husband, she launched MAKE UP FOR EVER in 1984. She created a MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy in 2002. With the brand in more than 52 countries, it’s easy to see how her mission to create high-quality make-up for professionals and everyday women has succeeded.


Doug Jones

A native of Indianapolis, Doug Jones graduated from Ball State University with a minor in theater. He moved to Los Angeles in 1985 and has been working ever since. He’s acted in more than 25 films, including Hocus Pocus, Batman Returns, Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Crimson Peak. He has earned widespread appraise for many roles, and is beloved as a true character actor.

Mike Hill

Mike Hill is an award-winning sculptor from the north of England. His credits include The Wolfman, Men in Black 3 and American Horror Story. This January he was nominated for a BAFTA for his work on The Shape of Water.  Hill’s skill in capturing likenesses began at the age of 4, when he started digging clay from a riverbank. He is known primarily for his highly realistic silicone sculptures and portraits. His work is sought by collectors such as Guillermo del Toro, Peter Jackson and Greg Nicotero.

Mimi Choi

Mimi Choi is known for her surreal illusionist make-up creations using easy-to-find, everyday make-up products. The Blanche Macdonald graduate-turned-instructor has collaborated with Kryolan, Make Up For Ever, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Velour Lashes and musician Beck. Her work has also been featured in various international magazines, blogs and websites with more than 19 million views. Choi’s stunning illusionist creations have garnered her a flourishing online following of over 340,000 on Instagram (gaining nearly 250,000 in less than six months).
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.
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