Andrea graduated from Wellesley College and the Art Center College of Design with degrees in studio art, art history, illustration and entertainment design. She has worked as a professional illustrator, graphic designer, interior designer, production designer, and costume designer in film, theatre, and dance. Andrea is on faculty at the Art Center’s Professional Night Program and at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects. She designs and constructs costumes for all performing arts productions at Harvard-Westlake Middle School.
Has designed productions in the United States and internationally He is a recent Fulbright Research Scholar to South Korea examining Traditional Dress His recent credits include The Music Man (Glimmerglass Festival and the Royal Opera in Oman) and The King and I (Maltz Jupiter Theatre) both directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge; and Il Trovatore for the Sacramento Opera He is a long-term collaborator at California Music Circus Awards include: Fulbright Research Grant to Korea, Back Stage West Garland, and LA Weekly Awards for Three Sisters for Interact Theatre, LA, and an LA Ovation Award for Ubu Roi at A Noise Within He currently holds a faculty position at Loyola Marymount University and is member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.
A Brazilian-born costume designer working in theater, dance, and opera. Recent credits include Ivanov at the Odyssey Theatre (LA), The Coronation of Poppea at OperaUCLA, Hope and La Victima with Latino Theater Company (LA), Pelléas and Mélisande with The Cutting Ball Theater (San Francisco), and Broadsword at the Black Dahlia Theater (LA). Other design credits include the California Shakespeare Theater (Romeo and Juliet, Uncle Vanya, Pericles, and The Triumph of Love), San Jose Rep (Uncle Vanya), the Getty Villa Theater Lab (Philoktetes), the Magic Theater (Nero), Chalk Repertory Theater (Three Sisters), Campo Santo (Hamlet: Blood in the Brain, References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot…), Encore Theater (American $uicide), the San Francisco Lyric Opera (Un Ballo in Maschera), The Lewis Family Playhouse (A Wrinkle in Time, Treasure Island), the Diversionary Theater (Learn to Be Latina), the Freud Playhouse at UCLA (Cabaret), and the Zellerbach stage at UC Berkeley. Raquel has also collaborated with choreographers Yolande Snaith, Robert Moses, and Allyson Green. She received an MFA in Costume Design from UC San Diego and is on the design faculty at UCLA.
Studied fashion at Apparel Arts in San Francisco and received her bachelor of arts from San Francisco State University. Designing primarily in the women’s contemporary market, she has worked with such notable companies as Banana Republic, Joie, and Forever 21. Rita currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Originally from the former East German Republic, Swinda’s venture into costume and fashion design began in the late 1980’s. In East Berlin, Swinda was an apprentice to a master of costume tailoring for theatre and opera between 1985 and 1989. Swinda’s studies with an “old school” master gave her a strong base in the design and fabrication of costumes and fashion apparel.
The collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 opened a new world of design and creativity for Swinda. Her career immediately began to blossom. The following year she was the lead designer at the avant-garde fashion show “Off-line Berlin ’90” which was featured by MTV, news channel “Tagesthemen” and magazines such as “Bild” and “Fashion”. Subsequently, she was hired as a costume designer for various theatrical companies including the Komische Opera (Berlin, 1993), 20 Dancer Ballet (Berlin, 1994) and Opera/Gasteig-Munich, (1996). In 1997, Swinda found her way into the new German cinema with her first feature film .The recognition she received quickly led to work in film, opera, theatre, dance, and fashion / art. Swinda’s work in Europe culminated with costume designs for the “Millennium Awards Show” for 50 dancers and a speech by the German Chancellor G.Schroeder- (Life/TV).
In 2001, Swinda relocated to Los Angeles, CA. Since then she has worked on several feature films: “The Brothel,” by A.Waddell, “The Gun” By V.Alenikov, “Garcia Girls” By G.Riedel, “Expired” ,by C.Miniucchi ,Fred Roos, Samantha Morton, “American East” by H.Issawi, Tony Shaloub. She has also been involved with a number of short films, including costume design for “Shui Hen” directed by Maximilian Jezo-Parovsky and “The Windfisherman”by Anna McRoberts. Swinda continues to design costumes for feature films, theatre,exhibit art installations and was recently a guest lecturer at UCLA.
(Costume & Set Design) Yann is a Stage and Costume Designer having designed extensively in dance, opera and films for companies worldwide. Yann began his career as a dancer, training at the Artes Centre of Amazonas in Manaus, Brazil and danced professionally with Ballet Stagium, Portugal Contemporary Dance Company and Phoenix Dance Theatre. He then studied theatre design at the celebrated Motley Theatre Design in London. Recent design commissions for dance include Salome for San Francisco Ballet, Fagin’s Twist for the Avant Garde Dance Company, Cristeux with Ballet Black, May Contain Food for Protein Dance Company, La Bala with Royal Ballet Dancer Thiago Soares, Wings of Desire with Circa, The World’s Greatest Show and The Little Match Girl by Arthur Pita.