Cincinnati Ballet’s Wardrobe Dept. Trades Tutus for Masks, Making PPEs for Hospitals

CB_MasksCB teams up with Sew Masks 4 Cincy to create masks for frontline workers 

Cincinnati Ballet’s wardrobe department is helping protect our community during the coronavirus pandemic. The Company’s seamstresses have joined other volunteers making thousands of masks for local healthcare workers, first responders, and other frontline workers. Wardrobe Supervisor Noelle Wedig-Johnson says making masks is a labor of love for her and her team. “We are honored to use the ballets sewing talents to help protect the heroes in the medical field and other first responders,” Wedig-Johnson said. “Creating costumes has always given me a sense of purpose. Switching from tutus to mask production during this pandemic has given me hope in this uncertain time.” Cincinnati Ballet saw the critical need for PPE (personal protective equipment) in our community and began making masks with materials already stocked in the costume shop. As most ballet costumes are made of lycra, silk and tulle, Cincinnati Ballet purchased additional 100% cotton fabric suitable for making protective masks. “The Ballet during normal times contributes to the community through art. Making masks is a way we can continue to contribute in these unprecedented times,” Wedig-Johnson added.

Cincinnati Ballet has also teamed up with Sew Masks 4 Cincy (SM4C), a local, non-profit group that sprung up last month to help organize volunteer sewists across the region, as well as distribute masks to local frontline workers. SM4C is now also providing additional fabric to Cincinnati Ballet’s mask team. To protect volunteers, no masks are mailed, they are picked up by an administrative representative from each frontline facility at a designated SM4C site. For more information on Cincinnati Ballet’s efforts and a guide on how to make your own at-home mask, please visit the CB AT HOME page on our website, For more information about SM4C, please visit

About Cincinnati Ballet
Since 1963, Cincinnati Ballet has been the cornerstone professional ballet company of the region, presenting a bold and adventurous array of classical, full-length ballets and contemporary works, regularly with live orchestral accompaniment. Under the artistic direction of Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet has become a creative force within the larger dance community, commissioning world premiere works and exploring unique collaborations with artists as diverse as Grammy winning guitarist Peter Frampton and popular, Ohio-based band Over the Rhine. With a mission to inspire hope and joy in our community and beyond through the power and passion of dance, Cincinnati Ballet reaches beyond the stage in programs that allow every person in the region to be part of the continued evolution of dance. To that end, Cincinnati Ballet presents exhilarating performances, extensive education outreach programs and offers top level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.


Cincinnati Ballet 2019-2020 Season Sponsors: Rhonda & Larry A. Sheakley, ArtsWave, Mercy Health, Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, Frisch’s Big Boy, Knowlton

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