Posts filed under ‘Zombies’

Improv alert!


Calling all zombies to board Z-Train!

On Saturday, Nov. 7, at sunset, a group of male and female performers will board the light rail train, take their seats, and begin to put on makeup. They will not make themselves more beautiful, but rather, they will transform into the living dead and head out into the night!

Interested? Please come to a mandatory information session:

at ASU Art Museum: on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 6pm

— or —

at Cartel Coffee Lab: on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 6pm

where we will answer all questions and provide a makeup lesson.

Cost:  Free.  Participation is free and basic makeup kits will be provided (but you are welcome to bring your own)

No performing or makeup application experience is necessary!


Tell your friends! Z-train performance

Tell your friends!


-Jillian (and diane)

October 28, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Zombies vs Vampires is Shaping Up!

I’ve lost track but I think there are only a few more days until the taping for Zombies vs Vampires, and we are inching towards being ready!

Paul and Tara help bloody up some zombie wear.

OMG apparently that is me on the left, terrifying poor Andrea our makeup artist extraordinaire. Sometimes I can’t help myself.

We dragged a museum preparator in to be a practice model – someone forgot to tell him to play dead ;) Another great make-up creation by Wendy!

Zombies (above) and Vampires (below) rehearse on an ASU plaza.

Great vampire makeup by Trevor.

Fabulous zombie looks by Angie (above) and Angelica (below).

ok it’s 3:30am which is 6:30am in New York and in any case it is way past my bedtime, so I’m signing off.

October 28, 2009 at 10:32 am

Adam Listening to the Desert

Yesterday, somewhere south of Phoenix, sound engineer Adam Murray recorded the subtle sounds of desert for Vampires vs Zombies. It was a hot, dry, crackly day and the incessant overhead plane volleys called for measured patience. I suffered many scratches as I ran, rubbed branched together, brushed against the bristled shrubbery, slithered, and otherwise performed noises for Adam’s listening machines. Luckily we encountered neither scorpions nor jumping cacti – dear desert, you are a prickly beast!




October 27, 2009 at 5:58 am

Zombies in the House

This week our skilled make-up artists have been making zombies in the gallery, and unleashing them on the unsuspecting public. Strangely every time we finish a zombie, it disappears, causing concern among the museum staff. So far, all staff are breathing and accounted for.


andrea transforms matt (above) into the living dead (below)



roxy turns bryan (above), and wendy turns sonny (below) into terrifying, though happy, zombies


matt studies kyl’s technique turning paul into a walking corpse (above)

roxy gets a taste of her own medicine in the expert hands of angie’s make-up

one big happy family! note to zombies: do not eat your make-up artist!

5 days left until the Zombies vs Vampires video showdown – don’t miss it!

October 27, 2009 at 5:41 am

zombie makeup

zombie makeup for Jillian Mcdonald project

zombie makeup for Jillian Mcdonald project

Really, how many museums get to do this sort of thing?

Wanna be a zombie? or a Vampire? or a makeup artist? contact us at the museum, or Jillian directly (see her older posts) or just come in, any time, Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 5 pm, to see what’s going on.

There is no admission fee to the museum and no cost to participate in Jillian’s project!


October 16, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Jillian Mcdonald – Vampire and Zombie Auditions #1

Click Here to WATCH VIDEO from Today’s Audition

More Auditions scheduled for tomorrow 2pm & 3:15pm! Make-up artists workshops today at 2pm and tomorrow at 11am.

Please sign up with Jillian directly if you are interested in participating in the project at 917.443.8107 or – she will also answer any questions or concerns. Interested parties who cannot make the scheduled dates, please inquire about alternative times.

– John

October 15, 2009 at 7:00 pm

WANTED: Artist Jillian Mcdonald seeks actors and makeup artists for vampire and zombie video – no experience necessary!

I arrived at ASU Art Museum on Monday Oct 5, and after brain-storming and visiting local sights I am ready to get started on my first project. See below for details on how you can participate!

Zombie Loop, installation, 2006

Zombie Loop, installation, 2006

Vampire Hunting, installation, 2007

Vampire Hunting, installation, 2007

Jillian Mcdonald, Social Studies artist-in-residence at ASU Art Museum seeks participants in a video installation for her November exhibit at ASU. Interested parties will attend an information session and audition on October 15th at 11 a.m.; attend a rehearsal on Oct 22nd starting at 11 a.m.; and be videotaped together on the afternoon of Oct 31st in the desert. The information session, audition and rehearsal will be held in the project’s gallery at ASU Art Museum. No acting experience or knowledge of vampires and zombies necessary, however feel free to do some research online. There is no cost to be a participant in the project!

Zombies may also, if interested, participate in a further performance on the Light Rail on The Day of the Dead, November 2nd. Watch for more information on this coming soon. Contact Jillian Mcdonald, info below, to receive notifications.

Also seeking enthusiastic makeup artists – with or without experience. Makeup artists will come to an information meeting on Oct 15th at 2p.m., and a workshop Oct 16th or 23rd at a to be determined time. These meetings will also be held in the project’s gallery in ASU Art Museum. Makeup for the video will be done at the museum on the late morning of Oct 31st. There is no cost to participate, makeup will be provided.

Please sign up with Jillian directly if you are interested in participating in the project at 917.443.8107 or – she will also answer any questions or concerns. Interested parties who cannot make the scheduled dates, please inquire about alternative times.

Take advantage of early opportunities to meet the artist on Friday, October 9 at 11 a.m. for a preview gallery talk and from 7-9 p.m. for the FREE public season opening reception at ASU Art Museum (Mill Avenue @ 10th Street). Also during an open class October 13th at 6:30 p.m. at ASU Art Museum.

To see more recent zombie and vampire related events, visit my website!


October 8, 2009 at 10:45 pm

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