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Marina Pareja (Profesora Asistente Diseñadora de Vestuario -Jefa de Tienda de Vestuario -Directora), nacida en la ciudad de Lima, capital del Perú. Completó su BFA en Diseño de Vestuario para teatro en la Universidad Internacional de Florida en 1998 y luego su MFA en Producción Teatral en la Universidad Queen Margaret en Edimburgo, Escocia. Marina ha trabajado en vestuario teatral durante 20 años. Se unió a la familia FIU en 2006 como Instructora de Diseño de Vestuario y Jefa de la Tienda de Vestuario. Imparte clases de diseño y construcción de vestuario, así como también diseña y construye el vestuario para las producciones del departamento de teatro de FIU.   Marina también se ha desempeñado como Gerente de Producción y Directora Artística Asociada del Festival de Verano de Teatro Alternativo, desde su creación en 2006. Con ATF, Marina ha dirigido una variedad de espectáculos que incluyen musicales, comedias vanguardistas y obras de teatro en español. En la comunidad ha trabajado con diferentes productoras como Orchestra Miami, What if Works y Juggerknot Theatre.

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Designer's Statement

           As a costume designer, my foremost aspiration is to delve into the depths of storytelling through the visual medium of costume. Every stitch, every fabric choice, and every color selection contributes to the intricate tapestry of character portrayal and narrative interpretation. In this collaborative project, I am driven by the profound desire to breathe life into the play's essence, illuminate its themes, and enrich its characters through the language of costume.

           My approach to interpreting a play goes beyond the words on a page. I see it as a living, breathing entity, and I embark on this journey with a discerning eye and a compassionate heart. Each character, with their unique quirks, vulnerabilities, and strengths, becomes a canvas I adorn with textures, silhouettes, and symbolism. Through meticulous research and an intuitive understanding of the playwright's vision, I strive to create more than just costumes. I aim to evoke emotional resonance, to stir thoughts, and to leave a lasting impression on the audience.

           Collaboration is at the core of my creative process. I firmly believe in the transformative power of synergy, in the magic that unfolds when diverse creative minds unite to pursue a shared vision. Engaging in dialogue with directors, fellow designers, and performers is not just a necessity but a wellspring of inspiration. Together, we craft a harmonious visual narrative where costumes seamlessly blend with set design, lighting, and sound to construct a world that captivates both the audience and the artist.

           My design ethos is firmly grounded in authenticity and empathy. I am dedicated to honoring the play's historical context while infusing it with a contemporary sensibility that speaks to modern audiences. I am also deeply committed to inclusivity and diversity, recognizing the transformative power of representation on stage. Every costume decision I make thoughtfully reflects cultural nuances, societal norms, and the lived experiences of the characters they adorn.

            My role as a costume designer is to dress characters and illuminate their innermost truths, transcend the boundaries of time and space, and forge a visceral connection between audience and performance. Through my work, I seek to ignite imaginations, provoke conversations, and leave an indelible imprint on the hearts and minds of all who encounter it.

Copyright de Marina Pareja 2014

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