SalesA lover of all things makeup, costume, and music related, Brandy Bignell is the newest member to our team! Brandy grew up surrounded by nature and farm life just outside of Spruce Grove. A primarily self-taught ARCT level pianist, Brandy studied and trained as a concert pianist at Concordia University College of Alberta. She then attended the University of Alberta where her studies focused primarily on Classics, East Asian Cultural Studies and Japanese. After deciding to take a break from the University scene, she received her formal education in makeup artistry through the Alberta Academy of Aesthetics and is now a Certified Makeup Artist. Brandy’s geeky and eccentric personality combined with her love of cosplaying led her to teaching herself how to sew and craft costumes as well as further her interest in special fx makeup and makeup artistry. She’s cosplayed at many conventions and has even dabbled in competition. For cosplay, she plans to craft more intense pieces and travel to bigger conventions in the near future. Brandy’s future goals are to work primarily in makeup and freelancing as well as to further her formal education in: special fx makeup, hair/wig styling and costuming. While her hobbies and work are one in the same, she enjoys: sewing, drawing/painting, hiking and camping, figure skating and horse riding. She also has two cats, which are her fur-babies (their names are Noodle and Milo). Did we mention she’s a bit of a crazy cat lady? Check out her instagram @makeupanimus .
Megan Koshka is a freelance Canadian theatre designer, based in Edmonton Alberta. She is a part of the Associated Designers of Canada and is a graduate from the University of Alberta with a degree in set, costume and lighting design (BFA). Select credits include set and costume design for Peter and the Starcatcher(Citadel Theatre) both of which she was nominated for a 2017 Sterling Award, Irma Voth (Theatre Network) where she was again nominated for a 2017 Sterling Award for her set design, costume design for Fortune Falls (Catalyst Theatre), 2016 Freewill Shakespeare Festival (Free Will Player's Theatre Guild), production design for The Other (Pyretic Productions), and associate costume design for Vigilante (Catalyst Theatre, 2015 Sterling Award Best Costume Design). View her portfolio online at www.mkoshka.com
Nicole has been a Scenic Artist since 1997, and started with the Citadel Theatre around the year 2000. She is currently the Head Scenic Artist with the Citadel Theatre. She has painted for most of the larger theatre companies in Edmonton, and also had a short stint in Ontario for 3 months working for Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake. Nicole studied Theatre Production at Grant MacEwan College (1994) and has also done the work study program at the Banff Centre (2001).
Owner / Head of Costume
780 498 6208Christy has always wanted to be a costumer, but growing up in a small town with no one to sew with at home didn't provide many opportunities for this budding costumer. It was not until High School that Christy found her first costuming job at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin as their on-site costumer for staff and volunteers. Christy furthered her studies by attending the Red Deer College Costume Cutting and Construction; receiving her diploma in 2003. Christy has worked as a stitcher and cutter in local films and theatres and was the Assistant Head of Wardrobe Running for The Citadel Theatre from 2007-2010. Though the local costume industry kept Christy very busy, Theatre Garage began to demand her full attention. Christy has focused her efforts to the shop since 2010. Theatre Garage is pleased to construct the Wardrobe for Freewill Shakespeare festival for it's second year this spring with Christy as the Head of the department. There is nothing in the world Christy would rather be doing then working in wardrobe and is extremely grateful to do what she loves for a living every day.
Assistant Head of Makeup at The Citadel TheatreKatie is the assistant head of Wigs and Makeup at the Citadel Theatre. Trained at Blanche MacDonald in Vancouver, and Marvel College in Edmonton, Katie is an industry professional with oodles of experience. It is always a pleasure when we get to share her knowledge with you and help you take your costumes to that next level.
Makeup Artist, SalesGaylynne Fell has been a makeup artist across Canada and the United States for over 17 years and returned to Edmonton in 2004. Obtaining her makeup for film and television diplomas from Joe Blasco in Orlando Florida, and also Vancouver Film School she is well versed on the the many aspects of the industry. A love for special effects and editorial makeup has lead her to work with many photographers, designers, film crews and theater productions, showcasing her unique style and love of classic movie monsters as well as the beauty side of makeup. She is a former Makeup Instructor for many years as well as the first instructor to create a curriculum and manage an Advanced Special Effects Makeup diploma program in the province of Alberta. She is currently the owner and lead Makeup Artist/ Creative Director of The Makeup Art Space, a private makeup studio and retail store in Edmonton that exclusively sells her own brand of makeup; Gaylynne Fell Artistry Collection.
ArtistMelissa Wartenberg is a self taught full-time professional artist, photographer, model and has been involved in events as a public speaker, MC and also creating events as an event planner. She is an avid tea drinker and leads as the head Administer (Commodore) for her local Steampunk group in her hometown, Edmonton Ab Canada when not traveling to conventions across Canada to sell her handmade work in person. You can learn about where she will be selling her work by seeing the Appearances & Shows page, pm her Tumblr page -or- you can visit her online Etsy shop AtticRaiders and read the list in her Announcements. Melissa is currently most noted for her work within the genre and style of Steampunk, specifically her custom eye wear inspired by the vintage and antique styles popular as far back as the 1890’s and recreating them for modern day use. With her handmade work she organizes, models, photographs and collaborates with other local models and photographers frequently to create fun and creative images to share with her fans and friends. You can purchase her works that you see in her photography through her online etsy shop AtticRaiders www.AtticRaiders.etsy.com or through her secondary business The Attic www.intheattic.ca which prominently features handsome brass and wood work accessories with limited edition lace fans, parasols and mechanical pocket watches.