Category: Design
The Art of Designing Black Hair for the Stage
Tuesday, March 12, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Mar 12, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
How Cookie Jordan brings talent and cultural knowledge to her work --- Looking at Cookie Jordan's extensive New York City stage credits, it seems like she's the go-to hair and wig designer for productions with predominantly black casts. After all, her résumé includes Eclipsed, Once on This Island, Choir Boy, An Octoroon, Fairview, Sugar...
The Recipe Behind the Scrumptious Set for 'The Cake'
Monday, March 04, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Mar 4, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Tony-winning scenic designer John Lee Beatty dishes on his decades-long collaboration with Manhattan Theatre Club --- On April 26, 2019, John Lee Beatty will receive the Robert L. B. Tobin Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatrical Design at the TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards. Read our press release for more information. Scenic designer John Lee Beatty...
Wearing Their Subtext on Their Sleeves
Thursday, February 21, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 21, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Dede M. Ayite on crafting the costumes for the multi-era comedy By the Way, Meet Vera Stark --- How do you give outfits subtext? That's one of the many challenges Dede M. Ayite faced designing the costumes for Signature Theatre Company's revival of Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. The story of the titular character, a Depression-era black...
Costume Changes at the TDF Costume Collection
Friday, January 11, 2019  •   Design  •    3 comments Share This
Fri Jan 11, 2019  •   Design  •    3 comments Share This
Whether you want to rent, buy or just gawk at costumes, here are ways the Collection can help you --- You probably know that TDF supports audiences by offering discount tickets and a variety of accessibility programs. But did you realize that part of our mission is to support artists, too? One of the biggest ways we do that is through our TDF Costume...
You Can Hear What She's Thinking -- Literally
Monday, November 19, 2018  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Nov 19, 2018  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
A new interactive show fuses theatrical design and neuroscience in an attempt to parse the female brain --- Back in 2012, Melania Trump tweeted out a photo of a whale with the caption, "What is she thinking?" that went viral. Six years later, people are still replying to that tweet, which is fitting considering the First Lady is one of the women whose...
Creating Costumes in a Giant Ape's Shadow
Thursday, November 08, 2018  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Nov 8, 2018  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Tony-winning designer Roger Kirk returns to Broadway with King Kong --- Costume designer Roger Kirk didn't have to worry about dressing the title character for King Kong on Broadway. Apes don't wear clothes, even when a massive animatronic one is the star of the show. But the Tony winner faced many other challenges crafting the hundreds of costumes...
He Doesn't Design Sets, He Creates Environments
Tuesday, October 30, 2018  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Oct 30, 2018  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Why Tony nominee Dane Laffrey completely reconfigured the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater for Lewiston/Clarkston --- "You said you needed space; I gave you space," a drug-addicted mother tells her estranged gay son in Lewiston/Clarkston, two plays by Samuel D. Hunter presented as one evening at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. The mother's comment...
He's Designing Three Shows at Once
Tuesday, October 09, 2018  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Oct 9, 2018  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Set and costume designer Arnulfo Maldonado is having a major Off-Broadway moment --- An African-American woman is working in her kitchen. She's wearing heels; her hair is elegantly coiffed. The furniture and appliances indicate we're in the mid-20th century. This feels like a real place, with its floral-patterned wallpaper, Formica table and white...
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