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The SOMA Team

Vasso Thymis, Makeup and Fashion Image & Hair Design Instructor

Hailing originally from Edmonton, Vasso has worked as a freelance makeup artist across Canada.  She has not only shared her love of makeup with her students, but she has also taught Greek dance for five years, after having pursued a dance career with Kyklos – Hellenic Performing and Literacy Arts Group.

After moving to Toronto where she completed her studies in Makeup for film, Theatre, Fashion as well as SPFX and prosthetics, Vasso perfected her professional skills to include Hair Design for Fashion, Television and Film, Theatre, and special occasions. She also specializes in prosthetics and special effects for television, film, and theatre.

Included among her professional credits are:


  • National Conference for Yong Women Living with Breast Cancer  - photo shoot with David Hou Photograhy
  • Panash Models of Winnipeg - Power Shoot – Assistant Makeup Artist/Hair Artist
  • “Shiver” - Roma Rush Designs Fashion Show – Key Makeup Artist/Hair Artist
  • “Juliana Carlucci Designs”  - Fashion Show – Key Makeup Artist/Hair Artist
  • “Suhaag Bridal Show” - Key Artist Makeup/Hair
  • “Contessa 20” - The Canadian Hairstylist of the Year Awards Salon Magazine - Key Hair

Film and Televsion

  • “Autumn” Renegades Motion Pictures   -   Assistant SPFX Zombie Makeup
  • “Bread Crumb Trails” (Trailer) Scratch Test Films   -   Key Special Effects Artist
  • “Quest for Wisdome and Wealth”    Award-winning series on PBS   -   Assistant Makeup
  • “Naughty Kevin” Hooz Production Ltd., Seoul Korea       


  • “Earnest, The Importance of Being” Toronto Operetta Theatre   -   Makeup and Wigs
  • “The Merry Widow” Toronto Operetta Theatre Production   -   Makeup and Wigs
  • “Patience” Toronto Operetta Theatre   -   Makeup and Wigs
  • “Don Giovanni” Toronto Summer Music Academy Festival   -   Assistant Makeup Artist


  • “CMAX Optical” Central Station Films Ltd.                 Key Makeup Artist
  • “Kanda Optical” Central Station Films Ltd.                Key Makeup Artist
  • “CIT College”       Central Station Films Ltd.              Key Makeup Artist

Matthew DeWilde, Special Effects and Prosthetics Instructor

Matthew taught himself how to draw and sculpt while he was still a child, growing up on a steady diet of comic books and old television shows such as, “The Outer Limits”, “Captain Scarlett and  The Mysterons” and “Twilight Zone.”

Matthew’s fascination with dinosaurs, monsters and space led to further developments in sculpting, fabrication and technique.

His inspiration came from studying the work of John Chambers (from Planet of The Apes fame), Rick Backer (Star Wars, Incredible Melting Man) and Ray Harryhausen (7th Voyage of Sinbad).

Much later, Matthew attended the Ontario College of Arts and studied Fine Arts and Illustration with Morton Harris. Matthew began working in the Toronto Film Production Community in the early 1980s, learning the behind-the-scenes working of the television commercial business. This included the role and function of props, sets, models, mold-making in film and television production.

While attending the movie premiere of John Carpenter’s, “The Thing”, Matthew reached a turning point in his career in Special Effects Makeup and Animatronics. He began working on various horror films, television series and also freelanced for toy and leisure companies.

In 1987, he started his first company, “Creations Unlimited”, and created projects for the films, “Jacob’s Ladder”, “Goosebumps”, and “The Twilight Zone.”

A second company, named “Form and Dynamics” was later formed with colleagues, Allan Cooke and David Scott. It produced work for numerous television series including, “FX – The Series”, “PSI Factor”, “The Silken Laumann Story”, and “Earth Final Conflict.”

Today Matthew divides his time between feature film and television and prosethetics instructor.

Sheilagh McGrory, Special Effects Instructor and Dean of Academics

Sheilagh comes to The School of Makeup Art Ltd. with a background in public relations.

As a makeup artist, Sheilagh has been perfecting her craft for more than 10 years. During that time, she has distinguished herself as both a special effects and prosthetic makeup artist.

Sheilagh’s extensive experience in Management and Event Planning has also enabled her to lend and translate her skills to the fields of production and instruction.

As the other half of DeWilde FX Studio with notable FX artist, Matthew DeWilde, Sheilagh specializes in prosthetics for film and television productions and special makeup effects.

Some of her notable professional accomplishments include:

  • Death Race
  • Stir of Echoes II
  • Saw II
  • George Romero’s Land of the Dead
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse
  • Don’t say a Word
  • Godsend
  • Assault on Precinct 13
  • The Latest Buzz
  • Lunar Jim
  • Henry’s World
  • Mirvish Productions’ The Lion King
  • Work for Tylenol Canada

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