Jacob DeeJay Donnelly

    • Wigs Assistant
    • Costume Assistant



YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2017 - 2020Cosmetologist/Costume Technician
Disney Cruise LineDisney Cruise Line
Disney Magic/Wonder
2015 - 2017Trainee Wigs Assistant
Mary Poppins UK & Ireland TourCameron Mackintosh
UK & Ireland Tour, Willoughby Production, 2015-2017
2013 - 2015Wardrobe Assistant
WICKED UK & Ireland TourPlayful Productions
UK & Ireland Theatres
2013Wardrobe Assistant
NYT Repratory seasonNational Youth Theatre
Ambassadors Theatre
2013Assisting Resident Costume Designer
UK & Amsterdam TourCentral School of Ballet
2009 - 2010Costume Shop Manager
18 operettas and musicalsCollege Light Opera Company
Highfield Theatre, Massachusetts USA
  • Education

    2017Refresher CourseThe Wig Room Training Academy
    2011BA (Hons) Costume with Performance DesignArts University Bournemouth
    2008Costume Management Level 5Liverpool Community College


    I own (and can operate):
    Domestic Sewing Machines (Singer, Bernina 1008, Brother), Industrial Overlocker (Orion)
    I can operate:
    Industrial sewing machine (Singer/Tony)

    Additional Skills

    Personal dresser/quick change dresser/laundry & pressing.

    Wig and Facial Hair; synthetic and natural hair experience, washing, setting, styling, maintaining, dressing out.

    Costume; repair, cleaning, fittings, zips, maintanence.


    Experience in natural makeup techniques and prosthetics (false noses, chins, baldcaps)

    Tailoring skill and technique,

    pattern cutting and drapery,


    Dancewear & Lycra,


    Additional Information

    - Cruise Ship Wigs and Costume Tech (3 years)

    - Two major UK & Ireland tours (4 years+)

    - Shadowed rolls in West End Theatres and Costume Studios.

    -'Costume shop manager' in Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA for two summers at the College Light Opera Company. (18 shows)

    -Assistant Designer, Wardrobe and sewing technician for Liverpool based 'Lodestar theatre company' productions for site specific shakespear summer festivals (2007-08)

    Industry Awards

    Technician of the year 2019, Crew Awards, Disney Cruise Line.

    About me

    I'm Jacob, most recently a Cosmetologist and Costume assistant for Disney Cruise Line. I looked after character looks and "Broadway calabar" shows with all the laundry to go with. I m always looking to improve my skills, so after my junior wigs assistant roll on Mary Poppins 2015 UK & Ireland Tour, I was trainned under Vincenza Miele at the Wig Room Training Academy, London.

    My interest in Wigs grew from working on the first WICKED UK and Ireland Tour back in 2013. As a junior wardrobe assistant, I graduated from Junior to the Elphaba dresser within a few months.

    I studied costume making and Tailoring at Arts University College Bornemouth, they are skills I still practice at work and as a hobby.

    I will hopefully be improving my skills further in the future as I look into courses in wig knotting, barbering and ethnic hair when available. I have recently been participating in online wig courses with Carl Brown @carlbrownhair over lockdown, in preparation to work back in theatres when available.

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  • Skills

    Languages Spoken
    • English
    Years in industry
    • 6+ years
    Company Experience
    • Children's Theatre
    • Cross Cultural Theatre
    • Educational Theatre
    • Exhibitions
    • Immersive Theatre
    • Inclusive Theatre
    • International Touring Theatre
    • National Theatre
    • Regional Theatre
    • Site Specific Theatre
    • UK Touring Theatre
    Work Permits
    • USA
    Interested in
    • Cruises
    • Education
    • European Tour
    • Film / TV
    • Live Events
    • UK Tour
    • World Tour
    DBS checked
    • No
    Driving Licences
    • Standard
    • Motorcycle
    Experienced In
    • Ballet
    • Cabarets
    • Children's Theatre
    • Comedy
    • Community
    • Cruise Ships
    • Dance
    • Drama
    • Exhibitions
    • Musicals
    • Opera
    • Outdoor Events
    • Shakespeare
    • Theatre (Immersive)
    • Theatre (Musical)
    • Theatre (Professional)
    • Theatre (Touring)
    • Travel
    • Workshops
    • Youth Programming

    Professional Recommendations

    Adam Harper Dresser

    On time, willing to help out and handled working backstage very well during a show stop during his time with me.