The Art of Design, Muhlenberg College
Prima will design the costumes for the Muhlenberg Mainstage productions "Iphigenia and Other Daughters" and "Mental Landscapes" in March. After graduating from Muhlenberg in 2007, Prima she went on to receive her Master of Fine Arts degree from California State University in Long Beach.
Simon graduated from Muhlenberg in 2005 and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. She design costumes for theater, dance and film, mostly in New York City, and she is currently the costume designer for Muhlenberg's "Bartholomew Fair," which runs Feb. 21-24.
Case has been a lecturer and designer at Muhlenberg since 1997. Prior to that, she designed costumes and makeup for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Archives, the Washington Opera, the Woolly Mammoth Theatre, the Harmonie Park Playhouse, the Hilberry Theatre, the Michigan Opera, and Wolf Trap.
Gurst received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Moore College of Art and Design. She has previously worked as a design assistant in New York City, and she recently designed "On the Town," her ninth Muhlenberg production.
For Muhlenberg Theatre & Dance patrons, this showcase offers an opportunity to see what goes into creating a show for a nationally ranked college theater and dance program.
"It's a side of theater you don't get to see," Case says. "It's a backstage peek. There's a lot more to it than a costume appearing on stage. There's psychology, sociology, and research, a lot of research, in addition to artistic talent... There are going to be beautiful, one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces of art you can't see anywhere else. It's truly a beautiful art form."
The exhibition runs Feb. 25 to March 17. Tickets are not required and there is no charge for admission. There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 5 to 6 p.m. The exhibit will be displayed in the Galleria of the Baker Center for the Arts on the Muhlenberg College campus at 2400 Chew St., Allentown. For more information, visit www.muhlenberg.edu/theatreanddance.