We hope you're enjoying the tail end of summer as we dance into FALL!
Have You Met...?
Meet Stacy Jansen! Stacy has been our Costume Designer on the first two Born Dancing productions and she is a one-of-a-kind special designer and human.
Q: Give us the scoop. Where are you from, etc.?
A: I grew up in Michigan, spent 4 years in Scotland while studying costume design at the University of Edinburgh, and moved to NYC shortly thereafter. In college, I designed costumes for local theater and film productions. Now I work primarily in the film industry but relish the opportunity to create costumes for live performances. The opportunity to see my costumes live, with music and worn by dancers engaged in movement adds so much depth to my design process.
Q: How did you get involved with Born Dancing?
A: Melissa found me! When she emailed me the brief for the debut Born Dancing production, I knew immediately it was something I wanted to be involved with. That first production was an incredible experience and I'm grateful we were able to connect.
Q: What’s one surprising thing you’ve learned since becoming involved with Born Dancing?
A: I'm continuously astonished by the beautiful things that can happen through collaboration with like-minded people who care about their work. Every interaction with the Born Dancing team is a reminder of that. The shows seem to become more than the sum of their parts. You can't force that "x-factor" into a show, but when it happens it's an incredible thing to be a part of.
Q: If you could design costumes for one person living or dead, who would it be and why?
A: I would like to take a group of children and some Troubadour musicians into a forest, erect a stage and design a musical fairy-tale masterpiece based entirely on whatever inspiration strikes us.
Q: Tell me something I don’t already know.
A: I've recently adopted a 13-foot camper trailer as my semi-permanent residence, as I travel frequently for work. I still maintain space in NYC, but during transient times this tiny base camp/office/workshop provides me with all of the comforts of home, in 90 square feet! It also includes an herb garden, a small library for costume inspiration, and room for numerous textile souvenirs picked up from around the globe.