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Designing for Site-Specific Theatre – an interview with Susan Tsu, Costume Designer of King Lear

By June 20, 2019King Lear

Susan Tsu is an advocate for educating costume designers and devotes much of her time to her students as University Professor and the Bessie F. Anathan Professor of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. Susan has won many awards for costume design, including the Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award, the LA Distinguished Designer Award, and the Carol R. Brown Established Artist Award. She is a Fellow of the USITT Institute. Susan has curated many international costume design exhibitions including the upcoming Innovative Costume of the 21st Century: The Next Generation, opening in Moscow at the State Historical Museum this June. Alyssa Ridder had an opportunity to interview Susan about her work on an upcoming production of King Lear with Quantum Theatre which features a compelling site-specific setting in the Carrie Blast Furnaces outside of Pittsburgh, PA.

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