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Costuming the Character: From Research to Production


The costume design process is extensive, beginning with design discussions and ending on opening night. While the steps toward the final design remain consistent for each show, I find that the design process is unique with each new script, production team, and cast.

The Santa Barbarians evolved from research collaged from magazines to a world of realism, in which each of the principal males characters' unique personalities were expressed through the variations in style.

In Elizabeth I, I interpreted Elizabethan costume through a modern eye, working with the team & cast to create a whimsical world of "DIY" costumes. A particular challenge in this show was transformation of actors for multiple roles, in fast & effective ways.

For Drums in the Night, the director and design team worked to create a hyper-realistic world seen through the eye of an escaped POW. I worked closely with the actors to tell a detailed story. Every article of clothing, from an old Army t-shirt to an orange pocket square, was selected with purpose and meaning within the world, to create a very specific characterization.

She Stoops to Conquer presented the challenge of working with a professional director and creating the enticing world of a period comedy. We chose to set the show in the Georgian & Regency periods, which allowed me to define characters' personality, like age & status, to the audience through style choices. It involved detailed research and careful selection of costume pieces, in order to portray the period correctly.

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