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Michael Schaffner

Michael is a costume design BFA graduate of Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts. His most recents credits include The Little Green Birdie adapted from Carlo Gozzi’s original text, and Shady Acres. Assisting credits include Sense and Sensibility and Joan of Arc at Rutgers Theatre Company. Collaboration with directors, actors, and his design team is one of his favorite aspects of creating live theatre. He looks to constantly challenge his design work. 

 

Michael is originally from Southern New Jersey. He has studied at Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare’s Globe, under the guidance of Michael Pavelka, and under the tutelage of Jenny Tiramani at The School of Historical Dress.

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Kendall Bruffy

Kendall Bruffy is a costume designer and current BFA costume candidate with an expected graduation in spring 2022. As part of the fulfillment of her BFA at MGSA, she studied at Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare’s Globe and The School of Historical Dress in London, England.

Kendall’s design sensibility is steeped in her passion for history, weaving, and the art movements of the 19th and 20th century. Her studies have included: original practice techniques, fabric dying and distressing, loom weaving, coupled with her strong background in a variety of art and craft techniques as well as, digital and hand rendering. Her credits include; Girl says, Man says, Woman says by Jeana Scotti and The Moors by Jen Silverman.

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Grace Lee

Grace Lee is a New Jersey based costume designer originally from Memphis, TN. She graduated from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts with ample experience not only in theatrical costume design on shows The Motherfucker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis and Damocles by A. A. Brenner, but also in costume construction, alterations, and fabric dyeing. Additionally, she has worked in the television and film industry as a costume production assistant on shows
such as Blue Bloods and Madame Secretary, as well as an assistant to stylist Jenny Haapala.

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Ashley Kong

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.

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Tori Timmins

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.

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Clare Lippincott

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. 

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Kim Griffin

Kim has designed for theatre, musicals, dance and opera. She has worked on national tours, at regional theaters and in educational theatre. Kim enjoys creating characters, backgrounds and personalities through costume design and research. Collaboration with directors, the design team, and the actors is integral to her process from beginning to end. She is excited by storytelling that is inspiring, thought provoking and challenging to both the creative team and the audience. 

She is originally from Houston, Texas and received her BFA in Theatre Design & Technology with a minor in music from Baylor University and her MFA in Costume Design from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. As part of the fulfillment of her masters at MGSA, she studied at Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare’s Globe and The School of Historical Dress in London, England.

 

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