Complections College of Makeup Art & Design Located at
110 Lombard Street, Toronto, Ontario.
Phone: 416-968-6739

CMU Faculty 

As an institution we are deeply committed to delivering a superior learning experience for all students. Our instructors are award-winning, internationally renowned subject matter experts, who combine many years of experience in their respective specialties with a passion for the teaching profession.
All CMU instructors receive specialized training in curriculum design, instructional techniques and classroom management – including sessions with educational consultant and former principal Doug Massey.

Samantha Breault 

Program Instruction: Film & Television, Prosthetics and Creature Design

CMU graduate and Hollywood SPFX artist, Samantha Breault has joined CMU’s Makeup FX and prosthetics department as our newest instructor!

Samantha has had an incredible career since graduating from CMU’s Comprehensive Makeup Artist Program in 1999.  She has worked in prestigious fx shops like Tinsley Studios, Spectral Motion, Optic Nerve, and Fractured FX Inc. where she has specialized in special effects makeup, as well as silicone and foam painting and fabrication. Her most recent work can been seen in the Netflix series, Stranger Things and Santa Clarita Diet. She also has credits on productions like: American Gods, The KnickAmerican Horror Story: Freak Show, Westworld, Insidious and The Conjuring 2

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David Scott

Program Instruction: Prosthetics and Creature Design

Special effects and creature effects designer and instructor, David Scott has been professionally established in the film and television industry for over 25 years. Not only has he worked for Oscar-winning makeup artists such as Stephan DuPuis, David Anderson and Stan Winston himself, the native Toronto artist is also the owner of Form & Dynamics, a special effects company that has serviced numerous productions.

Stemming from old time inspirations such as the original King Kong film and the 1939 production of Hunch back of Notre Dame, David’s designs and talent have earned him work on major film credits such as Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Dawn of the Dead, 300, The Incredible Hulk, Don’t Say A Word, Silent Hill 2, Jason X, Wrong Turn, and Battlefield Earth to name a few.  Along with television series such as Murdoch Mysteries, Remedy, The L.A. Complex, Mutant X, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, and Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town for which he received a Canadian Screen Award nomination. David’s recent work on the film Backcountry has earned him a 2016 Canadian Screen Award nomination. David recently worked on the new Stephen King film, In The Tall Grass-  which will be out in 2019 and is currently working on the new Netflix series, Slasher.

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Stephen Lynch

Program Instruction: Film & Television

Stephen Lynch has been honoured by the film and television industry as the recipient of both the 2018 and 2016 Canadian Screen Award for Best Achievement in Television Makeup for the international hit series Orphan Black. As the Head of Makeup Department Stephen has seamlessly transformed Emmy-winning actress Tatiana Maslany into multiple clone characters. Stephen has been featured in publications that include, Vanity Fair, InStyle, Glamour, SundanceTV and Makeup Artist Magazine describing his artistic process. In addition to his work on Orphan Black Stephen has an extensive career in film and television with Head of Makeup Department credits on productions including Queer As Folk, Slings and Arrows, Long Days Journey into Night, I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing, Haven and Camp Rock.  

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Kelly McCallum

Head of Academics

Program Instruction: Theatre, Facial Hair & Wig Knotting, Hairstyling

Kelly McCallum, a graduate from the Ontario College of Art and Design, is a professional makeup artist, wigmaker and hairstylist. His assignments have included Head of Makeup & Wigs for the Canadian Opera Company as well as work for special makeup effects companies and films. He has built wigs for the hit productions of Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, The Lion King, Tommy and Les Miserables (Toronto and Broadway). His accolades include an award-winning Movie of the Week, and team membership for the 2001 Emmy for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or Movie for The Feast of All Saints.

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Barbara Alexander

Program Instruction: Fashion

Barbara’s career of over 30 years includes editorial work, television commercials, episodic TV and on-air appearances. Her work has appeared in major fashion magazines including Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and her list of supermodel and celebrity clients is long and impressive. She was the co-founder and VP Product Development for Cargo Cosmetics and was responsible for trend forecasting for FACES Cosmetics (84 locations worldwide). Barbara was also the recipient of the CNOMA Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.

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Dino Dilio

Program Instruction: Fashion

Dino Dilio is a Torontobased freelance makeup artist and beauty entrepreneur with 30 years of experience in the worlds of entertainment, business and education. He has built a reputation across Canada’s beauty industry through his 25 years of regular appearances on City TV’s lifestyle program, Cityline with Tracy Moore.

Dino has held positions in the makeup departments of CBC and City TV, and he has served as a personal makeup artist for on-location photo and video shoots featuring broadcasters, journalists, politicians, entertainers and celebrities. Clients have included the Barenaked Ladies, Justin Bieber, Diahann Carroll, Kim Cattrall, Victoria Clarke, Marilyn Denis, Paul Gross, India Hicks, Chantal Kreviazuk, Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Rachel McAdams.

In advertising, TV and film production, Dino has worked for Aimia, Aeroplan, Coca-Cola, DreamWorks Productions, Mirvish Productions, The Movie Network, Paramount Pictures and Polaroid. As well, Dino has worked with international fashion designers such as Calvin Klein, House of Devon (Beyoncé), Northbound Leather and Oscar de la Renta. Dino’s print credits include Canadian Living, Flare, Glamour, The Globe and Mail, Glow, Harry, Hello, The National Post, The Toronto Star and Vanity Fair. He has also served in the role of National Makeup Artist and Brand Ambassador for the Hudson’s Bay Company, Murale, Paula’s Choice, Revlon Canada and Shoppers Drug Mart. Dino operates his own Toronto private makeup studio, catering to brides, executives and everyday people; and in 2006, Dino rolled out DDB Makeup, a product line based on his in-depth understanding of personal beauty needs.

A teacher at heart, Dino delights in sharing his love and knowledge of makeup expertise, focusing on the importance of mindfulness, mutual respect, integrity, diplomacy, professionalism and community. Whether in the classroom, in his studio, on camera or online, Dino believes that beauty isn’t just about products, it’s the art of self-expression and empowerment.

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Lynda McCormack

Program Instruction: Film & Television

With 84 film and television projects to her credit, Lynda’s career has been nothing short of stellar. Her Department Head credits include Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, Saving Grace, ZOS, Fugitive Pieces, The Listener, Shades of Black, Born to be BlueFlashpoint and Lost Girl. She has many Movie of the Week credits for films that have aired on all the major networks. Her celebrity credits include Wesley Snipes, Sidney Poitier, Ethan Hawke, Shirley MacLaine, Paul Gross, Lara Flynn Boyle, Gordon Pinsent and Megan Follows. She is currently working on the new television series Bitten.

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 Ryan Louagie

Program Instruction: Prosthetics, Creature Design, Film & Television, Facial Hair Knotting

Growing up in Chatham Kent, Ontario, Ryan first discovered his passion for special effects at the young age of 5 – when he became fascinated with Halloween, dinosaurs and monsters. 80s film also played a major influence on this discovery, which ultimately led Ryan to pursue a career in the industry. He obtained a well-rounded education by attending CMU College of Makeup Art and Design for makeup artistry, finishing the program in 2001. He also attended George Brown College for Film Directing and Screenwriting. When he’s not teaching, Ryan maintains an active role in the industry by running his own company, The Butcher Shop FX Studio, the studio specializes in special effects, prosthetics, puppets and creature/character design. His work has appeared on such projects as Nanalan’, Death Race, Resident Evil Afterlife, Big and Small, Monster Warriors, The Man Who Loved Flowers (Stephen King) and Mr. Meaty.

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Steven Dawley

Program Instruction: Prosthetics and Creature Design 
CMU Prosthetics and Creature Design instructor, Steven Dawley, pursued Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta before relocating to Toronto to complete a Diploma Program at CMU in 2001. Steven’s passion for Halloween from a young age has now lead him to an impressive career in special effects spanning over 15 years. 
Since graduating from CMU, Steven has found great success working in the film and television industry. Not only has he worked with directors like David Cronenberg, but he has also worked with Oscar-winning makeup artists like Stephan DuPuis and Dave & Lou Elsey. A few of Steven’s film and television credits include, Maps to the StarsPacific RimResident Evil: RetributionWolvesSilent HillResident Evil: ApocalypseClownSaving HopeBitten, and Remedy.

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Liz Robertson

Program Instruction: Fashion

Liz Robertson realized her creative and artistic path at an early age. Whether painting, sketching or applying makeup, she was always immersed in the arts. Liz has been an artist for some of the world’s most recognizable beauty brands such as Bobbi Brown, NARS, Laura Mercier and Stila. Whether prepping celebrities for TIFF or working on set, Liz has remained at the cutting-edge of her industry. Her impressive list of commercial and advertising clients has included Holt Renfrew, Pink Tartan, Gosh Cosmetics, the Bay, Ford, Nike, Toyota, Pepsi and Roots. Liz’s work has also been showcased in numerous fashion magazines such as Flare, Today’s Parent, Chatelaine, and Glow Magazine. Her list of celebrity clients includes James McAvoy, Bryan Cranston, Sass Jordan and Stephan Mocchio.

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Robert Weir

Program Instruction: Hairstyling & Fashion

For over fifteen years, Robert Weir’s artistry has graced the pages of magazines, come to life in music videos, and allowed some of the world’s most famous faces to look their best. Robert’s editorial roster includes In Style, Vman, Fashion Magazine, The Globe and Mail, People, and The KIT. Robert’s clients range from international singing icons Nelly Furtado and Saint Vincent to the most powerful woman in fashion – Anna Wintour. He has beautified many of Toronto’s social elite, traveling with them to fashion events around the world.As fashionable as he is talented, Robert was named one of Toronto’s “25 Most Stylish People” by Toronto Life’s Style Book. He is regularly featured in style blogs, and his personal image has been inspiration to several local designers

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Jennifer Kranjec

Program Instruction: Theatre

As an IATSE member and a long-standing makeup artist for the Canadian Opera Company, Jennifer has worked on principal performers, chorus members, leading actors, and models. Her expertise originated in the film industry, but it was the work speed and unpredictable challenges of live performance that defined her career in theatre. Jennifer has worked on feature films such as X-Men and Cinderella Man and musical theatre productions like The Lion King and Ragtime. Her work has also adorned over 100 Canadian Opera Company productions, including timeless stage classics such as La Boheme, Carmen, Otello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Madame Butterfly, La Traviata, Arabella, The Magic Flute, Don Quichotte, Roberto Devereux, Un Ballo in Maschera, Salome, Faust, Peter Grimes, Dialogues Des Carmelites, Ariodante, Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, Die Walkure and The Barber of Seville. Jennifer also worked on the opera adapted from Margaret Atwood’s critically acclaimed novel A Handmaid’s Tale, the spring 2017 production of Canadian historical show Louis Riel and a full cycle production of Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle for the grand opening of the Four Seasons Centre For The Performing Arts.


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Mason Mummery

Program Instruction: Prosthetics, Creature Design, Figurative Sculpting, Life Drawing 

Mason Mummery joins CMU’s dynamic Prosthetics and Creature Design Department as an expert sculptor, lab technician and fine artist. With formal training in Sculpture and Installation Art from the Ontario College of Art and Design, Mason brings a wealth of insight into character creation and concept development. 

Mason worked for several years at OCAD as a studio technician providing technical instruction for students in clay modelling, mould making, wood working and bronze casting. His range of fabrication techniques paired with his life-long interest in film and television compliment his excitement to inspire and educate future concept designers, and artists.

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Margot Keith

Program Instruction: Fashion, Hairstyling

With a talent for creating looks that stir the status quo of conventional styling, hair and makeup expert Margot Keith has an evolving vision that keeps her in constant demand. 
Her track record includes training at Vidal Sassoon as a hairstylist; which has helped her land much-sought-after jobs in TV, magazines and online. Sharing her knowledge of modern aesthetics is important to Margot as her status as a regular contributor to—Canada’s leading style website—can confirm. This is on top of the many diverse teaching positions she’s held across the globe, ranging from L.A. Makeup Academy (Dublin) and London College of Fashion UK to Toronto’s OCAD University. Outside of class, Margot collaborates with a host of icons and ingénues in the art and entertainment world. Boy George, Ryan Gosling, Pitbull, Backstreet Boys, Wyclef Jean, and Peaches are just a handful of names that Margot has worked with. Margot’s prowess in the hair and makeup arena has taken her around the world; she’s been tapped for a number high-profile advertising campaigns (including BMW and Toni and Guy) and TV series (her most recent being NBC’s Heroes Reborn). Today, she divides her time between taking private clients in her current home base in Toronto, consulting for a number of film and television production companies including CBC and teaching at CMU.

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Jorge Chaves

Program Instruction: Photoshop

Jorge Chaves is a professional photographic retoucher for commercial advertising. He has over 17 year’s experience with Photoshop working at a high end level with agency clients that demand perfection for their artwork. He is often sought by top photographers in Canada for his meticulous attention to detail in all aspects of the image. Jorge’s client list includes brands such as Toyota, Mill Street Brewery, FedEx, Kraft, Royal Bank, Subaru, Dairy Farmers of Canada, and Crimestoppers.

His work is regularly featured in everything from magazines to billboards in advertising throughout North America.

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Kat Crisp

After completing a Bachelor of Arts at York University, Kat launched herself into the film & television industry. An alumni of CMU College herself, she’s amassed over 65 credits in her first 9 years out, with multiple world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival. Kat’s celebrity clients have included Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss, Sophie Turner, Darryl Hannah, Laura Vandervoort, Francis Conroy, Daniel Stern, Eliza Dushku, Rose McGowan, Tom Felton, Ian Somerholder, and singer Lights, among many more. From creating broken down characters to injury simulations and red carpet celebrity glams, Kat’s artistry runs the gamut of gore to gorgeous. Along with teaching the Film & Television program at CMU, Katalso hosts masterclasses with various top industry brands and loves bringing CMU grads on set with her!

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LOM_1-med2Nicole Manek

Program Instruction: Fashion Theory

Nicole Manek is a stylist, costume designer and owner of life of manek, an artfully curated clothing and lifestyle store in the heart of Toronto. With a keen eye for detail and design, Nicole studied Theatre and Art History at the University of Toronto and Accessories Design at Modo Burgo in Milan. She cut her teeth in the commercial and music video world as a stylist, and then made her way into the worlds of film and television to quell her insatiable appetite to be a part of the storytelling process.

Nicole is the co-host of (Slice Network’s) Make Me Over, Make Me Under and has appeared numerous times as a “Style Expert” on national television shows including Diva on a Dime (Global Television), Superstar Hair Challenge (HGTV), Big Voice (W Network), Party Mamas (Slice) and Princess (Slice). She has also worked with celebrity clients such as Shania Twain, The Jonas Brothers, Jill Barber, The Trews, as well as many notable HGTV Hosts.

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lesley-webLesley Olson

Program Instruction: Theatre, Film & Television

Lesley Olson’s tremendous skill and unique vision has graced theatre stages in Toronto, London and New York City. Her clients include the Canadian Opera Company, Mirvish Productions and Livent. Lesley has created the looks for many recognizable characters including the Phantom from The Phantom of the Opera, Edna Turnblad from Hairspray and Gollum for the World Premiere (Toronto and UK) of The Lord of the Rings. She has worked for the Toronto casts of Kinky BootsJoseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Lion King, Rock of Ages, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and many more. Lesley’s artistic talent can also be seen in numerous television & movie productions. She was also responsible for preparing the New York cast of Ragtime for a Vogue photo shoot.

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