Ronda Borneman- Costume Design
Ronda Borneman designed Land of the Dead and The Winter’s Tale for TSC before Twelfth Night, and is designing for Calgary Opera’s Candide for Opera in the Village, the only outdoor opera festival in North America!
As a costume designer, how do you approach a show? When I design a show the approach is an order of operations. First reading the material , meeting with the director, and then applying my design aspects. I may write a few thoughts down, gather a few pictures, but I try not to design a show until I have heard the director’s approach. I like to have that one on one with the director as I am the person who brings their ideas to life. Listening carefully is the key to creating a successful show. Then I can apply my design by amplifying those thoughts of the director. There are many steps that follow: breaking down the ideas, researching, availability, cost, and then there is meaning of the colors, the style, and the flare. That will set the show apart from previous renditions. You’ve been involved in many TSC productions as Costume Designer, including Land of the Dead, which you were nominated for a Betty Mitchell. What drew you to Twelfth Night?
You’ve been involved in other TSC productions as Costume Designer, including Land of the Dead, which you were nominated for a Betty Mitchell. What drew you to Twelfth Night? I love reading plays, scripts in general because they cause your imagination to work. Your mind has full potential to imagine everything, right down to the setting, costumes and the time period. This time period is one of my favorite not only from the costumes but to the language. It is so easy to be drawn in!
What can we expect from your costume design for Twelfth Night? Come see the show , it’s not your typical Shakespeare dress. Hint the costumes are in direct correlation with the characters’ personalities.
What’s your favourite fabric to work with? My favorite fabric is silk. It is strong like chintz and delicate like chiffon. It can be woven to be rough or slubby like dupponi, or to be silky like satin. You can dye it and /or paint it and it is always beautiful. It is the absolute best fabric to do anything with, with charming results. It causes your creative juices to not have an limit. It is the creative workout fabric.
To see Ronda’s beautiful design in action, grab tickets for Twelfth Night!