Pre-show Conversation with HAIR Creative Team
Enjoy a pre-show conversation with members of the HAIR creative team featuring choerographer Muffie Delgado Connelly, Costume Designer Lucy Wells, Wig Designer Jes, and moderated by PCS Literary Manager Kamilah Bush.
The discussions will dig into their various roles in the production and creative process supporting HAIR.
Kamilah is a playwright, dramaturg, and educator originally from North Carolina. She holds a B.F.A. in theater education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and was an NC teaching fellow. Kamilah has spent several seasons at celebrated regional theaters across the country, including Triad Stage in Greensboro, NC, Asolo Repertory Theater in Sarasota, FL, and Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ. Her play Nick & The Prizefighter was a semifinalist in the 2021 Bay Area Playwright’s Festival and won the 2021 Urbanite Theater Modern Works Festival.
Lucy is a costume designer and the costume shop supervisor at Portland Center Stage. She is originally from Mississippi and holds a B.F.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi. Lucy spent the early years of her career working freelance as a costume designer, costume stitcher, and wardrobe supervisor at such theaters as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Berkshire Theatre Group in Massachusetts, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, The Rev Theatre in upstate New York, and Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts. This is Lucy's second season as a shop manager at PCS and her first costume design for PCS. She is always thankful and excited for the collaborative process of bringing a show to life. Lucy is a member of IATSE local 154.
Muffie is a dance artist, performer, and movement researcher. Her performance work is part of her activist practice, and in both arenas, she is informed by her identity as a Chicago-born xicana mother. Her work has been presented across the United States at Links Hall (Chicago), Packer Schopf Gallery (Chicago), The Art Institute of Chicago, Movement Research Festival (New York), The Gibney Dance Center (New York), and in Portland at White Bird, Performance Works Northwest, and the Newmark Theater. She has previously choreographed for Portland Center Stage in Earth Without Borders/Tierra Sin Fronteras. She is the recipient of awards from the Ford Foundation (New York), Illinois Arts Council’s Community Arts Assistance Program, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council (Portland). She is a yearly guest teacher at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Muffie is one of five artistic leaders of the dance center FLOCK. IG: @muffiedelgadoconnelly
Jes has been lucky enough to be working as a professional wig maker and designer for 9 years. She also works on hair for TV and film. Projects of note include Grimm, The Librarians, Shrill, and Girl In The Woods. She is a published cosplayer, and she is so proud of her 30k wig students on TikTok (@TheMagicMakingMermaid) and Instagram (@TheWigMakingMermaid).
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