Stephanie Ryder

Stephanie Ryder

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Stephanie has had a healthy interest in all things artistic since the age of 4, when she took first place in the under-12 category for her painting entry in a bench show. Potential instructors sat up and took notice of the ​young tot’s ability to express herself visually, and her grandmother had her quickly enrolled in art classes. That early beginning gave Stephanie a love for the arts, and a solid background in working with palettes and textures. Now, she uses people as her canvas, with the same jaw-dropping results. While traveling between Edmonton and Vancouver, Stephanie has worked on local movie sets, photography shoots, and professional theatrical shows.   She continues to take every opportunity showcasing her abilities in special effects makeup, airbrush and body paint.
Brandy Bignell

Brandy Bignell

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A 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 .
Mandy Mattson

Mandy Mattson

Apprentice Stitcher, Sales

Mandy graduated from Grant MacEwan’s Theatre Production program in the spring of 2017. Growing up in a small town, where the only theatre productions are performed at the high school, she had no idea what she was in for when she moved to Edmonton to originally study for a BSc. She was introduced into the cosplay scene and she’s been hooked on costumes ever since. Though her program of study didn’t feel quite right, she missed the theatre. After two years of study she couldn’t fight it anymore. Theatre Production is where her love of costumes and everything behind the scenes combined. She hopes to one day further her education in SFX make up and wig making. Mandy can’t wait to turn you into the character of your dreams!
Emma Allarie

Emma Allarie

Apprentice Stitcher, Sales

Emma Allarie is a 2016 graduate of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta with a major in clothing, textiles and material culture. She has a lifelong love of all things sewing, crafting, fabric and costumes. She has a love affair with live theatre and is just beginning her journey into the costuming world of theatre. Emma can't wait to help make your costume dreams come true.
Destyn McClaflin

Destyn McClaflin

Head of Sales and Buying

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Destyn Graduated from Red Deer College’s Theatre and Entertainment Production program in 2014. She has a love for crafting, sewing and all things costume. Destyn has her own small crafting business called Destynation. She makes and sells costume ears and tails at conventions as well as Theatre Garage. She loves helping customers find the perfect costume or costume supplies.

 
Christa Gelasco

Christa Gelasco

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A graduate from Grant MacEwans Theatre Production program,  Evelyn Charles Academy and a costuming apprentice,  Christa has been sewing and crafting for over 16 years. A self taught crocheter and lover of craft dabbling, Christa has had her hand in several local stage productions as well as film, photography and fashion shows. She's excited to help you make your costume dreams come to life!
Christy Hutchinson

Christy Hutchinson

Owner / Head of Costume

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Christy 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.  
Gaylynne Fell

Gaylynne Fell

Makeup Artist, Sales

Gaylynne 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.
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