Behind the Curtain Q&A: Costume Shop Assistant Samantha Key

With the MainStage season in full swing, we want to showcase the people behind the Rep stage in a series called “Behind the Curtain.” This weekly Q&A series will highlight staff members who keep the Arkansas Repertory Theatre running on a daily basis.

Someone who helps bring the beautiful costumes to life onstage is costume shop assistant Samantha Key.

Here is what she has to say about her theatre experience here at The Rep:

How long have you worked at the Rep? This is my third season at The Rep.  My first season I was the assistant to the costume designer for Gee’s Bend, and then last season, I was the Assistant Costume Designer for Clybourne Park and a dresser for Les Miserables.

Education/training: Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

How’d you get into the theatre biz: I have been producing theatre since I was 10 and putting on productions in my aunt’s backyard. I continued to be involved in productions in high school, and when I started going to UALR, I knew that theatre was what I was going to do with the rest of my life.

Why your job rocks: My job rocks because I get to be involved in so many different parts of the costume world.  I get to be an assistant, a dresser, a wardrobe supervisor, a stitcher and a crafter.  It is so much fun to get to stretch all of my creative bones in one day.

Favorite Rep show you’ve worked on and why: Clybourne Park has been my favorite show. There were a lot of firsts for me on that show, and I got to work with my mentor.  The whole process was really great and it was a lot of fun.

One thing people would be surprised about your job: I think that when I tell people that I am a costumer, they assume that I just sew. I do so much more than that. There is a lot involved in my job that people don’t ever think about.

Favorite seat in the house: My favorite seat in the house is First Mezzanine, first row, middle seat.  You can see everything from up there and you don’t have to worry about tall people sitting in front of you.

Best job perk: The best job perk is getting tickets for my mom. I think that she has seen more productions since I started working at The Rep than in the last 10 years of her life.

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