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Will Elphingstone, originally from Dallas, TX, is a lighting designer for live performance, and a recent graduate from Rutgers University; Mason Gross School of the Arts with a BFA in lighting design. Recent credits include Maytag Virgin (Theatre Three); Designing Women (Arkansas Rep); The Great 30 (Bombshell Dance Company); The Motherf**ker With the Hat, Shady Acres, Measure for Measure (Rutgers Theater Company). He is also the associate lighting designer and moving light programmer for the Drone Racing League. Away from the tech table, Will is an avid photographer interested in capturing the light in the world around us.

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Michael Schaffner Embed

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 Embed

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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Izzy Mingino Embed

Izzy Mingino is a tri-state based artist who earned her BFA in Scenic Design at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, specializing in set design and scenic painting. Izzy most recently designed the sets of A Phoenix Too Frequent by Christopher Fry, Smart People by Lydia R. Diamond, and Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck with Rutgers Theater Company. She is an overhire scenic painter with Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ, a Scenic Designer and Technical Director for Middletown Township Public Schools and has worked with Capital Productions in NJ on their award winning production of Hello, Dolly!. Izzy is experienced in all hands-on aspects of scenic design, such as model making and set construction with an emphasis on scenic painting.

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Harrison Freni Embed

Harrison Freni is a lighting and video programmer and designer based out of New York City, NY. He enjoys working on productions of all genres, but is especially interested in lighting and media for concerts, theatre, dance, and opera. By blending his interests in digital media, technology, and live entertainment, he enhances a production’s visual storytelling through the use of light and media.

He’d love to work with you on your next project! 

Check out more of his pre-visualization and creative direction work at Infinitus Lux!

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Grace Lee Embed

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 M. Frye Embed

I’m Ashley M. Frye (she/her), a multi-disciplinary theater artist currently based in Houston, TX. Since I was very young, theatre has been my calling, and has provided a vehicle through which I can express my artistry and impact audiences in deep and meaningful ways. 

In no particular order – I specialize in lighting design, dramaturgy, stage management, and direction. I love having my hands in a myriad of design elements and I use my knowledge of other disciplines to inform my work in all my vocations. 

With a strong background in lighting design, I strive to incorporate ideas of light and shadow into the foundations of all my theatrical work, and to bring my unique skill set into new projects so that I may be a helpful asset to any creative team.

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Clare Lippincott Embed

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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Ashley Kong Embed

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.