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Igor Roussanoff

Igor Roussanoff is an internationally acclaimed artist and founding president of the Costumers Guild of Western Pennsylvania.

He has worked professionally around the world for more than 25 years as a costume and set designer, producer, and art director. His work has been praised by theatre critics such as Anna Kissenlgoff and Jack Anderson of the New York Times, and James R. Nelson of the Birmingham News. Igor is best known for his ballet costumes, and has designed costumes for the Stars of Bolshoi, and the principal dancers of The American Ballet Theatre. He has worked with legendary directors such as Dame Sonia Arova and Thor Sutowski, Michael Khussid and Wes Chapman, Victor Lytvynov, Mark DeGarmo, and John Gage. Mr. Roussanoff has had solo exhibitions in California, New York, Alabama, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. His costumes are on permanent exhibition at the Theatre Museum and Museum of History and Reconstruction in Moscow, Russia. Igor has designed costumes for Heather Whitestone, Miss America 1995, and Cecil Taylor for his performance at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City. Since 1997, Igor has worked as a costumier for California University of Pennsylvania. He also teaches design at Pittsburgh Fashion Academy.

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(Costume Designer) is one of three resident costume designers at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. A graduate of Grinnell College in Speech and Theatre and Carnegie-Mellon University in Costume Design, she has worked in St. Louis at the Loretto Hilton Repertory Theatre (now the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), at the Totem Pole Playhouse near Gettysburg, in Los Angeles with Rita Riggs, designer of All in the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, and Good Times. She started designing and creating costumes for the Playhouse in 1981. The Prince, Riddley Walker, Quills, Our Country's Good, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Into the Woods, The Crucible, Much Ado About Nothing, A Sunday In the Park with George, The Secret Garden, The Hobbit, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, Arcadia, City of Angels, Anything Goes (twice), Threepenny Opera (twice), LES Dangereuse Liaisons, Peer Gynt and Nine are just a few of the over 100 shows to which she has lent her talents, She served as Designer/Creator of the Mountain State Forest Festival's Queen's Gown in West Virginia for ten years. In 1989 she was asked to design The Firebird Suite for the Universal Ballet Company of Seoul, South Korea. Her ballet designs in conjunction with the Playhouse Dance Company and International Summer Dance programs include Kira, the Young Hunter, Cinderella, Coppelia, Pulcinella, The Little Mermaid, Raymonda Variations, and The Twelve Dancing Princesses. In addition to her work at the Playhouse, Joan has designed for Prime Stage, the South Park Conservatory Theatre, the Pittsburgh Opera Theatre, The Upstairs Theatre and the Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh. Since 2000 she has created costumes for a young ice dance couple in her spare time. Joan Markert
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Kim Brown

Kim Brown, originally from Toledo, Ohio is a costume designer who owns Spotlight Costumes on Pittsburgh’s South Side. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics (Fashion Merchandising and Design) and a Master of Fine Arts (Costume Design) both from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. She is a past president of the National Costumers Association and the South Side Chamber of Commerce. She is currently serving as the corresponding secretary of the Costumers Guild of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Her designs have won numerous awards including the American College Theatre Festival, the CLO Gene Kelly Awards and three-time winner of the NCA Grand International.

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Lisa Marie Bruno grew up in Pittsburgh. As a child she was chosen for and attended the famous Tam O’Shanter Art Classes at the Carnegie. With a very artistic mother and bohemian father she had no choice but to grow up to be an artist in her own right. Lisa began her art-teaching career when she was 17 and work as Nature Crafts Director at a nearby summer camp. The following summer at 18 worked for Pittsburgh’s Civic Light Opera in the costume department.

She then attended the Clarissa School of Fashion Design. Upon graduating Clarissa she attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for Fashion Illustration. After graduating the Art Institute she went back to the Clarissa school and taught for 10 years. She began her film career when a little movie, “Silence of the Lambs” commissioned her to do 30 Fashion Illustrations for one of its scenes. Thus beginning her 15-year film career working on movies such as, “Hoffa”, “Inspector Gadget”, “The Temptations” and many more. With her archaeological background and her love of ethnic arts in her spare time she began creating Native inspired art for films, museums and private clientele out west.

Lisa Marie spent 4 years as the City of Pittsburgh’s Art Director. She oversaw all of after school and other special programs for children, teens, adults and senior groups. She initiated and created the set designs for Beginning with Books’ annual city wide “Storywalk” event. She recently moved back HOME to Pittsburgh after living out west in CA and AZ for the past few years.

Lisa Marie Bruno


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Fannie White

Working as a costume designer is my 3rd career. I have a BFA degree from Carnegie Mellon University in painting and design. I have been and still am a fiber artist. My association with the theater started as a minor in stage design and designed the sets for a Scotch and Soda production of "Viv". I continued to design stage sets for the summer theater in Tittusville, PA.

In returning to Pittsburgh, I started to work in the various costume shops in the city and learned the techniques and needs of costuming for the stage. While working full time in the costume shop of the Pittsburgh Playhouse, I designed my first show, "In the Shape of a Woman", by Tammy Ryan. It was the world premier production by the Playhouse Rep Company in 2/2001. Since then, I have designed from 4 to 7 shows a year. I have designed some unusual shows for The Unseam?d Shakespeare Co. such as a complete cross dress show of "The Importance of Being Earnest" with Mr. Ted Hover as Lady Bracknell.
I have also designed and built dresses for stars of the Pittsburgh Opera Co. when the rented costume was not appropriate. One star bought her dress from the Opera for her own collection.

While at the Playhouse, I also started to teach costume design. At present I teach costume design and design and build the stage shows at The Creative and Performing Arts High School. Part of my student class work is to help build the 2 fall and 2 spring shows which consist of about 100/125 costumes a year.
I love the designing and building of period and fantasy costumes, the exploration of different materials to achieve an effect, the use of color and imagination, the creating of a population for a specific world. As a fiber artist, I love "playing" with fibers, fabrics and other materials and there tends to be a connection between my personal art work and my stage art work; when successful, both are very satisfying.

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Erin Brown

Ms. Brown is a graduate of both The Baltimore School for the Arts and Duquesne University. Her fashion expertise has also made its way to the stage - from contemporary to classical – she has designed and constructed costumes for many professional companies. Her recent costume design credits include: The House of Bernarda Alba, The Greater Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, Suessical the Musical, Into the Woods, Honk!, Talking With…, The Provok’d Wife, The Dresser, A Walk in the Woods, Hot L Baltimore, You Can’t Take it With You, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Play it Again Sam, She Stoops to Conquer, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, What I Did Last Summer, Agnes of God, House of Blue Leaves, The Good Doctor, The Runner Stumbles, American Dreams, Gemini, Two Gentlemen From Verona, Lydie Breeze.
erinbrowndesigns@yahoo.com   www.erinbdesigns.com
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