Becca Austin ’09 and Robin Stamey ’10, graduates of Arcadia’s Theater Arts program, were awarded residencies at the Philadelphia Design Center, a workspace that provides advanced software technology, production equipment, and textile facilities to the theatrical design community. Supported by The National Endowment of the Arts, the 2016/2017 Resident program was offered to five designers total.
Austin has worked as a costume designer and technician for several production companies in Philadelphia, including the Arden Theatre, Pig Iron Theatre Company, and The Bearded Ladies Cabaret. Currently, she serves as costume supervisor at the Wilma Theater, resident designer for Tribe of Fools, and costume consultant for two programs at the National Constitution Center.
Austin also has mentored students as an adjunct professor of Theater Arts at Arcadia, styled the Varga Bar Calendar, and designed for Revolution Shakespeare, The Renegade Company, Drexel University's Dance Department, and MIRO Dance Theater.
In addition to serving as theatre programs manager at the National Constitution Center for nearly six years, Stamey—a designer, production manager, and stage manager—is co-founder of the production group Seven Engines, an executive board member of Theatrical Trainer, and creative producer and company manager of Almanac Dance Circus Theatre.
Stamey’s past work includes designing and managing for 11th Hour Theatre Company, The Berserker Residents, Tribe of Fools, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, Azuka Theatre, Hedgerow Theater, and the University of the Arts.