Ashley Y. Kong is a makeup and costume designer for film and theater based out of the New York Metropolitan Area. She has worked in film, theater, opera, and dance in the New York Metro Area. She holds a BFA in Costume Design from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She was also one of three winners for the Costume Industry Coalition’s Design Challenge 2020, CosBond’s Creator Contest 2020, AnimeNEXT’s Costume Competition Judge Choice winner in 2018, and Albolene’s Halloween Makeup Challenge Winner in 2017. Her passions outside of the industry include her cosplay work, where she runs her personal brand ToxieKat LLC. This brand was established in 2012 and has since spread to various platforms, amassing a substantial audience. In the future, she hopes to not only sell more commission work through the brand, but selling merchandise as well as competing in various cosplay competitions around the country.
Costume Artisan Victoria (Tori) Timmins is a New York and Los Angeles based designer and technician with a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Tori has experience working in design for theatre and as a music video stylist, as well as experience as a technician for theatre, dance, television, and for tours.
While pursuing her undergraduate degree Tori studied under costume artisan Mio Guberinic where she enhanced her skills in thermoplastics and foam construction as well as studying hat making under Milliner Sean Barrett. Tori is also trained in fabric dyeing, draping, flat patterning, and garment construction, as well as being an Eveden certified bra fitter.
In addition to her passion for elaborate costume construction, Tori is also incredibly enthusiastic about historical dress, having spent a semester studying at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and with Jenny Tiramani at The School of Historical Dress in London, England. During COVID-19 Quarantine Tori has also been working at her local Historical Society, documenting patterns from their collections in the hopes of publishing her first book.
Recent design credits include ‘Joan of Arc’ and ‘Dead End’ at Rutgers Theater company.
Her professional work includes an apprenticeship at Dorset Theater Festival in Vermont. There she supervised wardrobe for the four productions of their summer season, and worked closely with the shop manager stitching and assisting with orders and stock maintenance.
Her studies at MGSA included attending the Rutgers Globe Program, where she studied with Jenny Tiramani at the School of Historical Dress in London, and took a millinery course from Sean Barrett at the Globe Theater.
Ashley Houck is a recent graduate from Mason Gross School of the Arts receiving her BFA under the tutelage of Don Holder. During her time in school she designed many shows, most recently Joan of Arc for the Rutgers Theater Company. She had the privilege to also study at Shakespeare’s Globe in London where she was trained under scenographer Michael Pavelka during one of her Fall semesters. Ashley Houck is a lighting designer who was born and raised in Red Bank, New Jersey. Design credits include: Vinegar Tom and The Other Shore. Assistant design credits include: Private Lives for Dorset Theater Company and The Rehearsal for Rutgers Theater Company.
Cat J. Cusick
Cat J. Cusick is a lighting designer who graduated with a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University under the tutelage of Don Holder. She studied scenography under Micheal Pavelka at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. Her credits include Faust, Ten Blocks on the Camino Real and the MGSA Dance and Colab Showcase. Assisting credits include Moi Meduse, Henry IV Part I & II, An Octoroon, Heel and (Hera)kles with Rutgers Theatre Company.