As a costume designer, I have developed through education and experience an awareness of those traits that make me an active artist and collaborator. Naturally, these aspects are always subject to the unique and often fluid needs of the production. Essential characteristics include an enthusiasm for research, concern for the human condition, and engaging in collaborative conversation. Discussion of character, storytelling, and overarching themes with the director and production team is paramount. Finally, collaboration with the performer is a great benefit to create a costume that develops with the actor in the rehearsal process, during the course of the performance, or both.
I believe that these traits are the distinctive characteristics of my design choices, and what I bring to the collaborative process.