Musical Theatre Dept.
Wig, hair, and makeup designer J. Jared Janas was born and raised in Chicago and graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in mathematics. During his last month of college, a friend convinced him to volunteer at the student-run University Theater, where he was immediately put to work in the makeup and hair department. After learning how to age an actor with makeup and hair, he knew that this was what he wanted to pursue for the rest of his life. Jared did apprenticeships at the Lyric Opera in Chicago and at Top Priority (a men’s hair replacement company) in Manhattan. His professional break came when he was offered a staff position at the Santa Fe Opera in 2005. Since then, Jared has been a full-time freelance wig, hair, and makeup designer for theater, TV, and film.
Broadway designs and consultations include The Visit, The Real Thing, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Motown the Musical, Peter and the Starcatcher, All About Me, and Next to Normal. Recent off-Broadway designs include Lazarus, Invisible Thread, Lost Girl, The Tempest(Shakespeare in the Park), Pretty Filthy, Father Comes Home from the Wars, Texas in Paris, A Month in the Country, Allegro, Atomic, Passion, Lady Day, Bad Jews, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, and Detroit 67.
Recent regional designs include Waterfall (Seattle’s Fifth Avenue), Marley (CenterStage), Les Misérables (Dallas Theater Center), His Girl Friday, Kiss Me Kate, and On the Town(Barrington Stage), and Bandstand, Can-Can, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Curtains, and Peter Pan (Paper Mill Playhouse). TV and film work includes God’s Pocket, Gotham, Inside Amy Schumer, The Chew, The Ed Bassmaster Show, Madam Secretary, 30 Rock, Lola Versus, Gilded Lilys, and Angelica.
For a complete list of credits, please visit: www.BackstageArtistry.com/Site/Resume.html