Lisa Choules--costume design
Lisa Choules is founder of Elevé Dancewear, an original line of dance clothing. She has designed costumes for numerous dance companies, including Kansas City Ballet and Eugene Ballet. Prior to founding Elevé Lisa enjoyed a long ballet career, dancing with companies such as L.A. Classical Ballet, Utah Ballet, Utah Regional Ballet and Kansas City Ballet. She has danced such principal roles as the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty and Odette in Act II of Swan Lake. More information on Elevé Dancewear can be found at elevedancewear.com
Nate Fors--set design & costume design
While primarily a painter, Fors has entertained a great variety of media. Fors is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Charlotte Street Award, an Avenue of the Arts Foundation Award and a Missouri Visual Artists Biennial Fellowship. His solo exhibition venues include the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Art in America, in their Annual 2001-2002 Guide, cited his Avenue of the Arts installation, toss, as one of the 23 best public art installations in the United States during the year 2000. In May 2004 Fors completed and installed lllooppi, a permanent outdoor sculpture commissioned by the city of Leawood, Kansas. His paintings are in the collections of the the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, the Kemper Museum of Art and the Spencer Museum.
Peregrine Honig--costume design
Artist Peregrine Honig’s work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the United States, from New York to Los Angeles, Chicago to New Orleans. Honig’s artwork is in the permanent collection of the Milwaukee Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She holds the distinction of being the youngest artist whose work is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Honors and awards she has received include a Charlotte Street Award, Kansas City Gold Medal Scholarship, and a National Congressional Award.
Peggy Noland--costume design
Peggy Noland began her academic career studying religious studies at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, but soon changed her mind to pursue a decidedly different discipline: fashion. Although Noland is a fixture in her city's art scene, her clothing is also widely recognized outside of the Kansas City scope. National publications including Nylon, Missbehave, Lucky, Spin, Rolling Stone and XLR8R, and international publications like Japanese Elle, British Elle, WWD, WGSN and Dazed and Confused have featured Noland's pieces. Her work was published in three books in the fall of 2010. She maintains her largest clientele in Moscow and Tokyo via her retail Web site, peggynoland.com, and indie rock stars Lovefoxxx of CSS from Brazil and Kianna Alarid of Tilly and the Wall employ Noland as their official tour costumier. Peggy is a recipient of a 2011 Charlotte Street Award.
Mark Southerland--set design & costume design
Mark Southerland is a jazz musician known for his imaginative horn sculptures and visually arresting live performance. Using the saxophone as his primary medium, Southerland explores music running the gamut from pop culture to Rahsaan Roland Kirk tributaries. His horns and costumes have been displayed as free standing sculptures at Urban Culture Projects and the Dolphin Gallery in Kansas City, the OSP in Boston, the Stray Show in Chicago. He recently produced two performances and had horn sculptures displayed at Bridge Art Fair during Art Basel Miami. Southerland has played experimental music nationally, and throughout France and Germany. He has received awards and grants from Boston’s Tanne Foundation, the Charlotte Street Foundation, Avenue of the Arts, and the ArtsKC Fund.