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Q & A with Sage Reed

What other Local Infinities shows have you been involved with?
Production Design for Wax and Wayne

Where were you born? Where did you grow up?
I was born in a small farmhouse in Paw Paw West Virginia. I was raised primarily in the wilds of northern New Mexico and in the archipelago of Finland, two very distinct and beautiful cultures with a singular commonality of their strong support of the arts.

Where did you go to school? How would you describe what you do?
I came to Chicago in 1996 to study Fine Art at Columbia College. Since I was always drawn to making work that functions, I ultimately found my home in theatre because of its inventive, collaborative and imaginative nature. I would describe myself as an object artist who designs and creates from procuring, altering and transforming.

What other theatrical/creative projects have you worked on?
I have built, found and designed objects and costumes for theater, film, photography and art. My theatre work has been seen on Broadway and locally at the Goodman, Steppenwolf and Chicago Shakespeare, though some of my favorite work has been for burlesque acts, weddings, superheroes, events, bands, and haunted houses.

I am starting my sixth season as Prop Master at Court Theater. As a Production Affiliate of Lookingglass Theatre I designed headpieces for Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses and more recently I did the Specialty Costume Design for Lookingglass Alice. My film credits include Art Director of the Independent feature Manfast and Assistant Costume Designer for the Project Greenlight film Stolen Summer. I was also the
Assistant Costume Designer for a film installation by Catherine Sullivan, which is now in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of Art.

What aspect of CD are you most looking forward to?
The process of developing the piece together, and the joy of a table full of talented people bringing forth an idea. The education that comes from the research, science, collaboration and construction.

What/who are your creative influences?
Silo, Dumbtype, Dogtroep, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Gaudi, Boltanski, Cornell, SRL, my mother, objects, conversations, materials, a song, junk, reconstruction, relationships, farmers markets, nostalgia, small moments, spectacle, another’s conception, function.

What’s your favorite color?
Must I pick just one? Burnt orange

What type of books do you like to read?
Non- Fiction

Independent, foreign, documentaries, and comedy horror.

What is your favorite Halloween horror flick?
Dead Alive

What’s your favorite Halloween costume?
One I’m not wearing

What kind of music you like to listen to?
Accordion, gypsy, rock, rockabilly, swamp, blues, insurgent, country.

Name three dead people you’d really like to meet:
My grandfather, Frida Kahlo, Akseli Gallen-Kallela

Any pet peeves?
Indolence, insensitivity, not at least tasting it once, and littering.

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