"Lost in Monet" at ArtStream
ArtStream is a theater company in Silver Spring, MD, that specializes in theater for the intellectually and physically challenged community, priding itself on being an "inclusive" theater company. ArtStream allows people with these unique disabilities to join an ensemble as an actor, where they assist in conceptualizing and writing an original musical, and they perform it after an intensive rehearsal process.
I served as Assistant Costume Designer for their musical, Lost in Monet, which opened April 2017. My duties included all of the renderings and constructing/sourcing 80% of the costumes. Additionally, I participated fully in production meetings, rehearsals, and producing necessary paperwork.
The most beautiful aspect of this production for me was forming a relationship with each cast member. Although I was much younger than each of them, they treated me like a friend, and I was always able to have happy, healthy communication with each of them despite their disabilities.