Costume and Props Director, Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary
Working within both the professional and academic communities, Alisa has designed and built costumes, puppets, masks and f/x makeup for over 200 theatrical productions in the Northeast.
As an educator, she teaches a range of courses in theatre design and technology as well as foundations classes in art, prosthetic transfer workshops, craftwork fabrication techniques and entrepreneurship in the arts apprenticeships. She is the resident costume designer at Arcadia University and the department’s costume shop manager.
Beyond her traditional theatre endeavors, Alisa operates Scared of My Shadow, a leather mask business in which she specializes in wearable art pieces for the haunt industry, as well as being the Costume and Props Director for the nationally recognized haunt Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary.
If you haven’t already guessed, Alisa likes to keep busy making stuff and teaching stuff, lots and lots of stuff.
Various Make & Takes
Making an elaborate costume or prop that demands replicable detailing? Need to make 3 of ’em? Five? Jinkies, TEN, and in a jiffy? Don’t sweat it! In this make & take, learns some devilishly easy replication techniques using silicone putty and cold-casting faux metal effects. Participants are encouraged to bring small items they may like […]
Does creating an awesome costume on a budget haunt you? Does using a sewing machine give you the heebie-jeebies? Does your dream costume seem like a monster to wear? Is it a nightmare to find that perfect accessory or wig? In this informal talk, I will cover some construction basics, guidance on fabric choices, and […]
Having a great idea is a good start but actualizing what’s in your head, well, that can be downright terrifying! In this lecture, I will share a variety of tips and tricks on how to breathe life in to the moster within without sacrificing your overall comfort and mobility.