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With Melanie Mortimore, Costume Designer at Playhouse in the Park, Miranda McGee, Associate Artist and Residential Ensemble Member at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and Amber Johnson, Educator and Make-Up FX Artist at the Art Academy of Cincinnati

7pm on Tue, Sept. 19, 2017 at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

This is a FREE lecture, but reservations are required at

How do theatres create original characters and communicate their personalities to the audience, or take iconic roles and make them their own? Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is working in conjunction with Cincinnati Museum Center’s Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume and Shakespeare and the Queen City exhibitions, to provide a unique glimpse behind the curtain and the unique development processes that are used to bring new and beloved tales to life.

Costumer Designer Melanie Mortimer will discuss her work with Playhouse in the Park and how clothing choice relates to personality, identity, and communication. She will highlight the use of fabrication to inform audience perception of characters and their complexity. Art Academy of Cincinnati educator Amber Johnson will use her experiences as a Make-Up FX artist to examine how such (special) effects aid viewers in determining the good guys from the bad, and actors in defining who their characters are and sharing their stories. The Art Academy will also provide a live make-up demonstration as a Jedi and Sith are transformed right before your eyes. Finally, how does the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company use context clues to ascertain the directions William Shakespeare envisioned? From iambic pentameter to punctuation, antithesis to alliteration, Associate Artist and Resident Ensemble Member Miranda McGee will examine how they “unlock” Shakespeare’s texts to develop their characters the way they believe he intended.

In collaboration with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Playhouse in the Park, and the Art Academy of Cincinnati.


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