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(Resume) (Design Portfolio) (Tech Portfolio) (Crafts Program Info) (Student Crafts Gallery)

Welcome to my website. Here you can view my design, tech, and teaching portfolios and learn more about
the MFA Costume Crafs program at Ohio University.


MFA New York University, 1998
BFA Ohio University, 1993
office phone: 740 597 1730
agent: Russ Rosensweig, Summit
Entertainment Group 203 453 6532

Mr. Russell's varied career includes costume and scenic design, costume and property crafts, and event
design and project management. He heads the costume crafts shop at Ohio University and has solo-taught intro to
costume design and molding and casting techniques and team taught introduction to design, 20th century costume
history, costume crafts, costume painting, and puppet making since 2003.

His recent design work includes costumes for JULIUS CAESAR and MIDSUMMER at the Shakespeare Theater
of New Jersey and costumes for LOBBY HERO at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. He has designed costumes,
puppets and scenic designs for Philadelphia's Enchantment Theatre Company productions of PINOCCHIO,
THE FIREBIRD (which toured with the Philadelphia Orchestra andthe Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland and Seattle
Symphonies), and THE VELVETEEN RABBIT. His event design and project management experiences in New
York City include the International Toy Fair, Linclon Center, Little Golden Books at the U.S. Open Tennis Center,
and Save the Children, at Chelsea Piers. Mr. Russell has also designed at New York University, and Off Broadway
Cap 21, in New York, and regionally for Theater Works in Hartford, Connecticut, the Barrington Stage Company
in Massachusetts, The Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Delaware, Case Western Reserve
in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Williamstown Theater Festival. As a design assistant he has assisted Liviu Ciulei for
productions at Arena Stage and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Yvette Helin for the POKEMON LI VE
production at Radio City Music Hall.

Mr. Russell has been the a Staff Craftsperson of Props at The Santa Fe Opera since 1992. He has also worked
as a crafts artisan for Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey, The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey
and Arena Stage in Washington D.C. As a costume and properties artisan Mr. Russell is skilled in:

  • Mask making (in leather, thermoplastics, vacuumform plastic, latex rubber, and neoprene rubber);
  • Millinery (in felt, buckram, and wire frame);
  • Fabric painting (with textile paint and mediums, and silk dyes) and distressing (for theater and film);
  • Fabric dyeing (with union, cotton/rayon, silk/wool, acetate/nylon, and fiber reactive dyes);
  • Theatrical armor (in felt or vacuumform plastic);
  • Jewelry (with polymer clay, findings, and beading);
  • Face casting (with dental alginate, plaster bandage, and Hydrocal plaster);
  • Puppet and animal head creation and rigging(with reticulated foam, varaform, foam rubber, and found objects);
  • Leatherwork;
  • Sculpting (in clay, foam, and wood);
  • Mold making (in plaster, latex and silicone rubbers);
  • Upholstery;
  • Soft goods creation;
  • Composite props creation;
  • Floral and greens arrangements;
  • Scenic and properties painting;
  • Drafting and model making;
  • and project management.

For more information on the costume faculty and our costume design and technology classes link to

Kjersten Lester Moratzka, the Head of Costume Technology and the costume shop
Holly Cole, the Head of the Costume Design and Craft programs

through the OU School of Theater's Production Design and Technology website at:

(Resume) (Design Portfolio) (Tech Portfolio) (Crafts Program Info) (Student Crafts Gallery)