Zero-Waste Design: The Masks of Act III

Thursday, January 17, 2019


When Aaron Kubacak (M.F.A., Costume Design, 2019) was asked to design costumes for the student-run production of Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, he was given one stipulation: All the materials would need to meet the producers’ zero-waste goals by being sourced from recycled or sustainable means.

Because the production was supported by a $50,000 grant from UT’s Office of Sustainability, Kubacak was able to hire a team, including alumna Roxanne Rohmann (B.A., Theatre and Dance, 2015) who created these masks out of everyday trash.

Kubacak sketched his ideas and Rohmann brought them to life, gathering plastic bottles, takeout containers, egg cartons and other items—even an old leather couch—to build these post-apocalyptic Simpsons characters for Act III.

 

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