Meet Our Residents
The National Endowment of the Arts awarded the Philadelphia Design Center with a grant to initiate a Resident program. Five designers were awarded Residencies for the 2016/2017 season. Two costume designers, two lighting designers, and one set designer.
Meet our 16/17 Residents!
Becca Austin is a costume designer and technician. She moved to Philadelphia to attend Arcadia University, where she received a BA in Theater Arts. Currently, she is the resident costume designer with Tribe of Fools, where she has designed Two Street, Zombies... With Guns, and both the 2013 and 2016 productions of Antihero. She has designed costumes for Revolution Shakespeare, The Renegade Company, Drexel University's Dance Department, and MIRO Dance Theater, among others. In addition, she has also worked as a stitcher and/or assistant costume designer at The Arden Theatre, Wilma Theater, Pig Iron Theatre Co, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Arcadia University, Lantern Theater, University of the Arts, BalletX, The Bearded Ladies, and Barrington Stage Company. From 2011-2013, she was the Wardrobe Manager of the National Constitution Center, and still works as their Costume Consultant on both the Freedom Rising and Living News programs. She has also worked with Almanac Dance Circus Theater as a costume consultant and styled the 2014 Varga Bar Calendar. Becca has been the Costume Supervisor at the Wilma Theater since the start of the 2014 season and could not be happier about that.
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Natalia de la Torre is a freelance costume designer, crafts artisan and scenic painter based in Philadelphia. She previously served as costume shop manager for the Lantern Theater Company, as well as resident designer for EgoPo and Tribe of Fools (Philadelphia) and Monomoy Theater Company (Chatham, MA). She has designed for the Ohio University, Lantern Theater Company, Azuka, Interact, EgoPo, Almanac Dance Theater, Team Sunshine, Revolution Shakespeare, Simpatico Theater Company, Flashpoint Theater Company, Shakespeare in Clark Park, Commonwealth Classic Theater Company, BRAT Productions, Philadelphia Shakespeare Company, Johnny Showcase, Tribe of Fools, and Upper Darby Summer Stage. Education: M.F.A. Production Design from Ohio University; B.A. in Theater, concentration in Design from Temple University.
Joshua E. Gallagher is a scenic designer, scenic artist, and properties artisan. He is an Affiliated Artist with the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and a designer with Envision Production, LLC. His work has also been featured in productions for the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Keystone Repertory Theater, Footlight Players, and IUP's Theater-by-the-Grove. His design for the premier production of IN QUIETNESS was awarded the 2013 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region II Scenic Design Award. In July 2013, Joshua participated as a Design Fellow at the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Amanda Jensen made Philadelphia her home after completing the Next Stage residency at Long Wharf Theatre in 2007. She has worked with Gunner Montana (Wroughtland), Inis Nua (Spine), The Ritz Theatre Co. (9 to 5), Azuka (Tigers Be Still), The Lantern (Screwtape Letters), Unstuck Theatre (XY Scheherazade), and UArts (Self: Same). Amanda has also assisted at Theatre Exile, Syracuse Stage, The Curtis Opera, PTC, Theatre Horizon, and New Paradise Laboratories. Some of her most recent designs have been with Swarthmore College as a guest Artist, designing many of the Thesis projects at the college.
Robin Stamey is a Philadelphia-based designer, production manager and stage manager. A graduate of Arcadia University, for nearly six years she served as the Theatre Programs Manager at the National Constitution Center, and has designed and/or production managed for Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, 11th Hour Theatre Company, The Berserker Residents, Tribe of Fools, The Bearded Ladies, Azuka Theatre, Hedgerow Theater, and the University of the Arts, among many others. She is a creative producer and company manager of Almanac Dance Circus Theatre (www.thealmanac.us), co-founder of Seven Engines (www.sevenengines.com), and executive board member of Theatrical Trainer (www.theatricaltrainer.com).
Many thanks to our Design Center Resident Selection Committee:
Lori Aghazarian (stage manager), Dr. Jean Brody (Drexel professor), Nick Kourtides (sound designer), Rosemarie McKelvey (costume designer), Glenn Perlman (technical director), Josh Schulman (lighting designer), and Clayton Tejada (production manager)
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