For the first time, Repertory Philippines is launching a class on costume design, which is open to creatives and enthusiasts aged 16 and above. Costume Design for Children’s Theater Musicals will be taught by US-based costume designer Raven Ong.
Raven obtained his undergraduate degree in Production Design at the De La Salle – College of St. Benilde, School of Design and Arts in 2007 and since then designed shows for various theater companies in the Philippines.
His impressive body of work includes: International premiere of Waitress, Kinky Boots, Matilda and Beautiful: Carole King Musical (Manila, Philippines), The Producers, La Cage Aux Folles, Alice in Wonderland, Carrie, Jekyll and Hyde, Wizard of Oz, Shakespeare in Hollywood, Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure, Disney’s “Camp Rock”, Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairytale, Spelling Bee, Sense and Sensibility, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, To Kill A Mockingbird, On Golden Pond, Steel Magnolias, A Little Princess, 33 Variations, Leading Ladies, Lend Me A Tenor, Closer, Boeing Boeing, among others.
In 2014, he pursued his Master’s Degree in Costume Design for the Theater at the University of Connecticut, USA. After three years, many doors have opened for him, gaining connections and design opportunities with theater companies in New York City such as New York Lyric Opera, with which he designed shows performed at the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
Raven worked at Eric Winterling Inc., one of the biggest costume shops in New York City, building and creating costumes for Broadway productions. He is currently teaching Costume Design at Central Connecticut State University as full time faculty member.
In a brief online interview, Raven says “Teaching is very fulfilling and rewarding. I love the mentoring process and it is wonderful to see young students desiring to take the lead in theatre design.” He adds, “Those who are taking my online costume design class can expect a lot of creative and productive work from the sessions. I have designed this workshop to focus on topics and activities such as rendering costume designs, creating worlds, color and fabric composition, visual research, making good design choices, communicating with directors, effective design presentations and many more! At the end of the workshop, design projects will be presented to Joy Virata, REP’s Theatre for Young Audiences’ Creative Director.
The costume design class is part of REP’s intensive online classes that also include Workshops for the Performing Arts taught by seasoned REP actors and veterans. Workshops run from July 6 to 31, 2020. Enrollment is now open.
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