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Sunday, July 23 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Cosplay: How Broadway and Pop Culture Influence Each Other

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In an age of mass fandom, fans craft brilliant cosplays based on their favorite franchises. And some of those Broadway franchises will update their costuming designs based on fan influences. Come join this one-hour discussion with some industry powerhouses on how that symbiosis benefits the professionals and the fans alike. Dress to impress and bring some questions!

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William (Bill) Hubner

Before originating the role of the Audrey II in the Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors, William (Bill) Hubner worked for nine years on the puppet crew of The Lion King. He completed a total of thirteen years with Disney including work on Beauty and the Beast, touring companies... Read More →
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Julie Leavitt Learson

Julie is a member of Fairfield University’s Theatre Program faculty, where she teaches a variety of theatre courses. She is also Costume Director of Fairfield University’s production company, designing and executing costumes, hair and makeup for university productions, managing... Read More →
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Jolene Marie Richardson

Jolene Marie is a New York based costume designer, fashion historian, and writer. She got her start in theatre as a wardrobe supervisor and seamstress in 2011. From there she has worked almost every job as a wardrobe professional, landing her first design job in 2018 with A Christmas... Read More →
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Kathryn Rohe

Kathryn Rohe currently teaches costume design at Ball State University for the Department of Theatre and Dance and its 10-show mainstage season. Prior to coming to BSU in 2018, she lived and worked in New York City, designing primarily for the award-winning Off-Broadway company, Transport... Read More →
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Julie Saltman

Producer/Costume Designer, SaltyStarnessLLC
Julie Saltman (aka Salty) is a Broadway Producer and Costume Designer. She is originally from Boston but identifies as a die-hard New Yorker now (and has the shoes to prove it)! Julie graduated from Carnegie Mellon and has an MFA in costume design from Brandeis University. She has... Read More →
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Johnny Blaze Leavitt

Johnny Blaze Leavitt is an award-winning playwright, actor, comedian, and cosplayer. He is the co-creator and book writer for Taking Wing: Legends of Emimencia which had a staged preview at The Duke Theatre on 42nd Street and won Best Play at the 2021 TheaterMaker Awards. Recent Off-Broadway... Read More →

Sunday July 23, 2023 3:45pm - 4:45pm EDT
Soho Complex