Measure for Measure is officially open! As performances get under way, make sure you've purchased tickets so you can join us at Rock Ledge Ranch. You won't want to miss the new take on Shakespeare's surprisingly relevant masterpiece.
Sanja Manakoski is a Chicago based costume designer, who we're thrilled to have designing the costumes in Measure for Measure! She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Costume and Fashion Design from University of Applied Arts and Design in Belgrade, and her Master of Fine Arts in Stage Design from Northwestern University. Outside of her professional theatrical work, Sanja is one of the creators of the fashion label KLASA, and teaches make up and costume design at Northwestern University. We asked her some quick questions about her life, and her design work. Here's what she had to say.
Sanja: Belgrade, Serbia
TW: Home now?
S: Chicago, IL
TW: Who are your theatre idols?
S: Branislav Nusic, Brecht, Antonin Artaud, Robert Willson
TW: What would you be doing if you weren't designing?
S: If I was not doing any sort of artistic profession/career, I would be a Yoga teacher or a Veterinarian doctor.
TW: Is there a show you've always wanted to design?
S: For years I wanted to design costumes for the musical, Hair. I was so passionate about designing for this musical that I developed a personal experimental project, where I created costumes inspired by the musical. Later, I was awarded for these costumes, and they were exhibited in the Prague Quadrennial Festival. I was so thrilled when I finally got the opportunity to design for the musical, Hair, last Summer. Next season I will design for the show, the Diary of Anne Frank. I am very excited because that was my favorite book when I was a kid.
TW: Who are your heroes in real life?
S: My heroes are members of my family: Mama, Tata, Baba, Deda, and sister Nataša.
TW: What is your most treasured possession?
S: Paper and Pencil
TW: When and where were/are you happiest?
S: The present moment. Where I am right now.
TW: What is one thing we should be doing to foster the next generation of theatregoers?
S: We need to be brave in taking creative risks and pursue challenging and innovative work that includes new, diverse perspectives.
TW: What are you listening to on Spotify (iTunes, Sirius, etc)?
S: David Bowie, and jazz.