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I Wish I Knew: Interview with Creator and Wardrobe Specialist Franzesca Mayer

I Wish I Knew is back with its 10th post! I am so honored to bring a brand-new artist and career to you today: Franzesca Mayer (aka Franzi) gave an amazing, in-depth interview about being a Wardrobe Specialist AND Freelance Designer. She discusses what a Dresser and a Wardrobe Specialist do, why they are so vital to a production, and why she started her company Rubberlesque. If you’re thinking of getting into wardrobe, or if you just want to know more about how Dressers make magic happen backstage, you’ll want to take a read!
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Teens Rule the Berkeley Rep Teen One-Acts Festival

Every spring, the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre invites local teens to participate in a new works festival written, directed, designed, and performed by their peers. Unlike most opportunities for teens, recent college grads guide them through the production process, but the teens carry the bulk of the work. The process is exhilarating, exhausting, and inspiring to watch both onstage and off.
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Who Made That? A Look Behind the Scenes

Every play is the culmination of a million little pieces made by many hands the audience will never meet. Just like films have crucial, but mysterious roles like best boy, key grip, or B location scout, theatre has its own lesser known heroes crucial to the performance’s success. Whether you just want to know more about your friends behind the scenes, or are looking for the right career in theatre arts, here are some key players to get you started.
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Costume Fittings: Where Character Meets Design

Whether you’re a chorus member or a principal in a show, going in for your first costume fitting is daunting. You’re vulnerable. This is the moment your interpretations of your character meet the designer’s. It’s the next step in character development, but can be challenging if you’re not prepared. Here are some tips to take you from fitting novice to rock star.
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I Left My Heart in Summer Stock

I learned the greatest life lessons in summer stock theater. For five summers, deep in the redwoods, I bounced between the costume shop, wig shop, and backstage running two to three exhilarating shows a season. My summers of outdoor theatre fueled my career faster than any class, seminar, or resume credit. I developed a breadth of skills in design, aesthetics, construction, hair, and makeup that I wouldn’t have experienced in college alone.

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