I began my professional career at Disney, in special event costume design which covered parades and shows that were personalized according to the audiences, as opposed to long standing shows where the audience was essentially the same every night. This was the dawn of participatory theater in the late 1990's.
The training at Disney gave me a lot of groundwork in organizational management for productions. As a result, I've specialized in the unusual, high concept/thematic, challenging projects and my efforts to do what every it took to help get a show up bled from costuming over into all areas of production, from sponsorship, to casting, to producing, directing and writing.
founder, programatic and theatrical writer, artistic/creative director, illustrator, costume and product designer
Lola's Lab offered a range of theatrical immersive programming. Over 40 original plays were presented paired with arts curriculum that allowed the audience to participate in the story, breaking the fourth wall. in For 7 years Lola's Lab offered live programs and over the last 5 we began to experiment with immersive video and podcasts called Heroes of Imagination.
VSA Arts, Kennedy Center
writer, costume & set design
VSA celebrates artists with disabilities. Every year, the VSA special event unites top performers and visual artists from around the world in a single show at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. The show in which I collaborated, stared VIP's in politics and theater, Laura Bush, Ben Vereen, Ronan Tynan, and 125 professional artists. Creating this special was a complex project considering the international cast each with their own unique acomodations to incorporate. The production team planned for a year, never actually meeting the cast in person until the single rehearsal on the day before the show! Things had to be perfect!
The 3 hour show was performed in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, which is a space with no wings. Sets were designed as wheeled scrim shapes which could reconfigure and be lit throughout the show with interesting effects, including shapes, shadows, projections and even live art making! In a dramatic reveal, paper rolls were unfurled from the top edge for artists to work live on stage.
The script was written as an overall story with pockets throughout for a variety of different artistic acts. The story centered on a group of friends who find a small magic crayon. The crayon prop was designed to light up when it was used. When each friend would experiment with it, their costume "turned" a different color, the scenery shifted and a featured act began. As the colorful arts experiences enlivened the group of friends, the crayon, grew larger and larger, demonstrating the power of the arts to create change and move one past perceived limitations.
special event entertainment
I began my special event work at Disney. Special event involve elaborate costumes for every character. Some are part of big casts and others are one off's for the specific entertainer.
Posiedon below, was part fo a show with 9 other extravagant costumes representing mythological characters. He is made of real hand hammered metal, metallic pleated leather, a hand sculpted with with latex and gold leaf and a real starfish on top of his crown.
The Unicyclist costume was made exclusivly for this performer.
I ran away with Cirque Du Soliel briefly. Does it show?