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Adam and Eve Costume

This is representative of Adam from the Bible. Because this actor and his ensemble has special disabilities, I focused on making the costume tasteful, colorful, and whimsical, instead of nude as many people would visualize Adam being. This costume was made from a green polo shirt purchased from the thrift store, and I hand-cut leaves from varied green felt paper and used hot glue to reinforce it. Additionally, a pair of matching pants were made from green thermal fabric, along with a leaf crown.

"Copenhagen" at Perisphere Theater

"Copenhagen" by Michael Frayn is a scientific/historical play that explores Europe's contributes to Hitler's reign in terms of the sciences and engineering. As Costume Designer, my role was to fulfill the vision of dressing the actors in 1940s-style professional clothing, that flattered the overall neutral color scheme of the world of the play. I built the actresses dress, and purchased all other costume items and tailored them as needed.

"Oleanna" at Perisphere Theater

"Oleanna" is a popular contemporary play, which the director interpreted to be set in the 1990s, adding the twist of a Black woman and White male actor. Her purple dress was built, and all other costume items were purchased and altered as needed.

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About Asia-Anansi

Baltimore City

"I am the future's greatest of all time, just mediocre at the moment." This is the personal virtue that Asia-Anansi lives by as a young costume and set designer. This is not because she is unskilled, but because she is constantly improving herself through her craft, culture, and identity. Asia-Anansi is a senior attending Howard University as a Theater Arts Administration major, and she grew up in Baltimore, MD. She fell in love with theater design when a former professor took her under his wing... more

"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.

  • Adam and Eve Costume

    This is representative of Adam from the Bible. Because this actor and his ensemble has special disabilities, I focused on making the costume tasteful, colorful, and whimsical, instead of nude as many people would visualize Adam being. This costume was made from a green polo shirt purchased from the thrift store, and I hand-cut leaves from varied green felt paper and used hot glue to reinforce it. Additionally, a pair of matching pants were made from green thermal fabric, along with a leaf crown.
  • Museum Staff

    These actors are museum staff--the young man is a security guard, and the young lady is from the marketing department. Both costumes were purchased from the thrift store, and altered for best fit.
  • Animal Headbands

    These are animal headbands created for ensemble members for the musical. Regular black headbands were purchased, and decorated with felt fabric.
  • Animal Hats

    These are hats created for ensemble members of the musical. Regular black caps were purchased and decorated with felt fabric.
  • Painting Comes Alive

    One aspect of the musical was that a famous came to life. This painting featured musicians, so this photograph depicts one of museum visitors getting to meet one of the fictitious musicians. Her dress and his vest were built, and all other costume items were purchased.

“Copenhagen” at Perisphere Theatre

“Copenhagen” is a play written by Michael Frayn, and focuses on two scientists who have opposite views and hands in the making of bombs and weapons for the Holocaust. My role was Costume Designer for this play, which performed in December 2016 in Washington, DC at the Logan Fringe Arts Space.

  • "The Trio" from Copenhagen

    These are the three characters from the play "Copenhagen." The lady's character, Margarethe, is wearing a 1940's style dress, constructed by me, and all other costume pieces were borrowed and altered as necessary.
  • "Dr. and Mrs. Bohr" from Copenhagen

    These characters are Dr. and Mrs Bohr from the play "Copenhagen." The lady's character, Margarethe, is wearing a 1940's style dress, constructed by me, and all other costume pieces were borrowed and altered as necessary.
  • "Mrs. Bohr" from Copenhagen

    This character, Margarethe Bohr, is wearing a 1940's style dress, constructed by me, and all other costume pieces were borrowed and altered as necessary. I also consulted on the hair styling and makeup needed for the complete look.
  • "Dr. Heisenberg" from Copenhagen

    These are the three characters from the play "Copenhagen." Dr. Heisenberg's suit was borrowed and altered/tailored for best fit.

"Oleanna" at Perisphere Theatre

"Oleanna" is a two-character play by David Mamet, published in 1992. The play focuses on a power struggle between a student and a college student. The director at Perisphere Theatre approached the play through the lens of casting a White male actor to fulfill the role of the professor, and a Black woman to fulfill the role of the student, set in the mid-1990s at a predominantly White university. I served as Costume Designer for this production, which performed as part of Washington, DC's Capital Fringe Festival during May 2016.

  • "Student-Teacher Meeting" from Oleanna

    This photograph represents Carol and Professor John. This is her first meeting with him, and she is dressed in a purple dress that is constructed by me, and this dress shows her sweetness and innocence. All other costume pieces were borrowed and altered as needed.
  • "The Confrontation" from Oleanna

    This photograph represents Carol and Professor John. This is her second interaction with him. Their color palettes are similar to illustrate their intentions with each other. All costume pieces were borrowed and altered as needed.
  • "The Manipulation" from Oleanna

    This photograph represents Carol and Professor John. This is her third meeting with him, and he makes an inappropriate pass on her. All costume pieces in this scene were borrowed and altered as needed.

"The Wake" at Howard University

"The Wake" is a short film, directed by an MFA in Film Production candidate at Howard University in Washington, DC. The concept was a funky 1970s adaptation from Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun." I served as Costume Designer for this short film, which was finished in November 2015.

  • "Sisterhood" from The Wake

    "The Wake" is a funky 1970s adaptation from Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun." All costume items were borrowed and altered for best fit.
  • "Connection" from The Wake

    "The Wake" is a funky 1970s adaptation from Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun." All costume items were borrowed and altered for best fit.
  • "Friendship" from The Wake

    "The Wake" is a funky 1970s adaptation from Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun." All costume items were borrowed and altered for best fit.
  • "School Days" from The Wake

    "The Wake" is a funky 1970s adaptation from Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun." This dress was constructed by me. All other costume items were borrowed.

"Yellowman" at Arena Players Theater

"Yellowman" is a two-character play by Dael Orlandersmith, and was a 2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama. The story focuses on the nuances of colorism in the Black community, particularly in the South, from the perspective of a dark skinned woman and a light skinned man. The audience watched their journey from childhood to college. The director did not want to specify a time period, but instead wanted to focus on color. I served as Costume Designer for this production, which performed at Arena Players Theater in October 2017.

  • "Mother Odelia" from Yellowman

    "Yellowman" is a two-character play focusing on the nuances of colorism in the Black community. This actress, who plays Alma and her mother Odelia, is wearing costume pieces that were borrowed and altered.
  • "Gene the Great" from Yellowman

    "Yellowman" is a two-character play focusing on the nuances of colorism in the Black community. This actor represents the character Gene, who is wearing costume pieces that were borrowed and altered.
  • "Broken Forever" from Yellowman

    "Yellowman" is a two-character play focusing on the nuances of colorism in the Black community. These characters, Alma and Gene, were getting married, but due to an altercation, the play ends with Gene in jail. All costume pieces were purchased or borrowed.

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