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The Theatre of Color

Wednesday Evening Color Salons

The Wednesday Evening Color Salons are a public speaker series presented as part of The New Color, a course taught by Luanne Stovall, artist and color theorist. Each salon will pair a guest speaker with a color-focused topic. On Feb. 27, the salon series welcomes Nanette Acosta, William Bloodgood, Caitlin Graham and Michelle Habeck

Color has been used by humans to tell stories since we left our handprints on cave walls. Visibility, focus, mood, location, time of day, plot, composition, drama! This Color Salon offers an eye-opening tour of the theatre where color plays center stage. Join us as set designer Bill Bloodgood shines light behind the scenes, costume designers Nanette Acosta and Cait Graham bring the characters to life, and lighting designer Michelle Habek illuminates the color-coded world unfolding before our eyes. 

Print out your own poster for the Wednesday Evening Color Salons, using our PDF.  


Nanette Acosta has taught at University of Illinois, Loyola University, University of Washington and Seattle University. She's been designing, building and teaching costuming for theatre, film and television across the country for 20 years. Design credits include award-winning costumes for numerous theatres in the US. 

William Bloodgood, MFA in Theatre Arts, Pennsylvania State University, designs sets for many regional theatres in the US and abroad, including Oregon Shakespeare Festival where he served as resident scenic designer for 32 years. He complements his theatre work with exhibit design and space planning. 

Caitlin Graham, MFA in Design and Technology from UT Austin Theatre and Dance, is a costume designer and personal stylist. She creates original fashion-inspired concepts and design presentations and costumes for live theatre and opera. 

Michelle Habeck, MFA in Lighting and Scenic Design from Northwestern University, is a freelance lighting designer whose work has been seen at many of the nation's leading regional theatres including The Steppenwolf and Centerstage (Baltimore). She also works on Broadway and pre-Broadway projects and museum exhibit collaborations. 

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