How did I get started making wigs?

Meet Maurice Neuhaus

Oh... you would like to know a little bit more about me? OK, let me see…

 

For as long as I can remember, I have always been creative. As a child I was drawing, painting, knitting, crocheting, playing the piano, setting the table for my parent’s dinner parties and so on... I also love to figure out how things work, and the techniques behind them. That’s why, when I saw Germany’s most famous drag performer “Mary” on TV for the first time when I was 11 years old - oh yes, I forgot to tell you; I was born and raised in Germany - I couldn’t believe that it was a man dressed as a woman. I became fascinated by wanting to learn the craftsmanship behind transforming yourself from a man into a woman with the help of makeup, wigs and costumes. 

Since I also loved performing and wanted to become an actor, I started doing drag myself when I was 18 years old. 

 

Two days after graduating high school in Frankfurt, Germany, I packed my two suitcases, and moved to New York City. I had never been there before and I was beyond excited to start my journey in show business. 


While studying acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, I continued my quest to improve my makeup skills as a drag performer by devouring every makeup book that I could get my hands on and practicing my makeup several times a week.

After a couple of years of perfecting my makeup, it was now time to improve my wigs. I wanted to have handmade wigs, but there was no way I could afford them at 22 years old. So I bought all the necessary wig making tools, and showed up at Bob Kelly‘s wig shop in Times Square unannounced. I asked Bob, to teach me how to make handmade wigs. After refusing several times, I was able to convince him and he agreed to show me how to knot hair into a wig. This process is called ventilating, and is the foundation of wig making. He saw that I was making good progress and offered me to come back to learn more. Over the course of the next year in between acting in plays in small theaters around New York City, I went back to Bob Kelly‘s wig shop to work on my drag wigs.

I loved living my New York City dream, working as an actor and drag performer, and enjoying all the amazing things that city had to offer. 

But after 12 years, it was time for a change of pace and a different quality of life.  So I packed my bags and moved to Los Angeles in 2011 to continue my journey as an actor and Wig Maker.  

For the next four years I worked for Renate Leuschner, and Victoria Wood, two of the best Wig Makers in Hollywood. 

 

Having been fortunate enough to have learned from the best in the industry, it was time in 2015 for me to combine all the knowledge and techniques and start my own business. Now, one of the things that I enjoy most about my work, is my relationship with each of my clients.

 

Everything seemed to fall into place in my thirties. In 2013 I met the love of my life Robert and our four-legged children Perry and Eleanor, our English Springer Spaniels.  My desire to always learn more, and of course my love of food, prompted me to start learning how to cook and bake. Baking especially, is now one of my big passions in life, along with caring for my little family, hosting dinner parties, hiking, working out and trying my best to add to the Love in the world.

RESUME

BROADWAY SHOWS

Maurice has been hired by Broadway wig designers Tom Watson and Charles LaPointe to build wigs for numerous productions such as:

 

Wicked

Les Miserables

Addams Family

Motown

The Color Purple

Promises Promises 

Rock Of Ages

Memphis 

Xanadu

Jersey Boys

Little Shop Of Horrors

South Pacific

Guys And Dolls

A Raisin In The Sun                                

Drowning Crow 

Julius Ceasar                   

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof                   

Henry IV

The Rivals

Anna In The Tropics

Good Vibrations

Assassins

Lestat

The Coast Of Utopia

110 In The Shade

Belle Epoque

Big Bill                                    

Much Ado About Nothing             

In My Life                     

Martin Short - Fame Becomes Me

High Fidelity

The Apple Tree            

Cyrano De Bergerac           

Sunday In The Park With George

Cry-Baby

33 Variations

A View From The Bridge                   

Looped

Miracle Worker

Superior Donuts

Fences

In The Heights

Cymbeline

Sondheim On Sondheim

Million Dollar Quartet

Present Laughter

Brighton Beach Memoirs

The Royal Family

Accent Of Youth

The American Play

A Man For All Seasons

A Tale Of Two Cities

 


 

OPERA AND SPECIAL EVENTS

Metropolitan Opera (Wig Designer: Tom Watson)

Saturday Night Live

Step Up 3-D Walt Disney feature film   

RENT live                    

The Cove Hotel at the Atlantis Hotel and Casino        

Wicked, National Tour (Wig Designer: Tom Watson)

Wicked, Chicago, starring Ana Gasteyer (Wig Designer: Tom Watson)

Wicked, Los Angeles (Wig Designer: Tom Watson)

Wicked, London (Wig Designer: Tom Watson)

Wicked, Australia (Wig Designer: Tom Watson)

Jersey Boys, San Diego, CA (Wig Designer: Charles LaPointe)

The Color Purple, The Alliance Theater, Atlanta (Wig Designer: Charles LaPointe)

The Maids (Wig supervisor)

 

FILM AND TELEVISION 

Maurice has worked on wigs designed by Renate Leuschner and Victoria Wood for celebrities such as:

 

Barbra Streisand, Viola Davis, Halle Berry, Bette Midler, Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx, Ben Stiller, Charlize Theron, Samuel L. Jackson, Naomi Watts, Antonio Banderas, Stanley Tucci, Lisa Kudrow, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Kristin Chenoweth, Sigourney Weaver, Tyler Perry, Jessica Lang, Melissa McCarthy, Anette Bening, Kristen Wiig, Allison Janney, Anna Faris, Felicity Huffman, Jennifer Hudson and many more.

TESTIMONIALS

Testimonial: Valentina

"...his wig possesses an exceptional degree of realism...”

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The New York Times

Testimonial: Annie Trousseau

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