The work of Barry Sellers, draper at
Sellers has helped create more than 1,000 costumes for almost 200 productions.
The exhibit will be on display in the Lobby, Upper Lobby and in the Room, adjacent to the main lobby, through April 29, with additional costume displays to be added.
So what is a draper?
"The draper turns designers’ sketches into three-dimensional, wearable costumes by first developing patterns from which the garments will be made. The process of developing the pattern is done by draping and pinning muslin on a dress form until the desired design is achieved, hence the term ‘draper.’ The draper’s work is particularly important for historical costumes or other garments that cannot be purchased or found."
Former Artistic Director
“I heard about Hartford Stage’s long-time draper, Barry Sellers, long before I became artistic director here,” said current Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak. “Directors talk to each other. Designers talk. Everyone values a good draper. And Barry is something of a legend.”
“I have designed nine shows at the Hartford Stage and am always eager to return because the artisans there are of the highest caliber and carry a great commitment to the art of theatre,” said Tony-winning designer Susan Hilferty. “Barry Sellers is a master.”
Sellers discovered theater as an art student at the University of Alabama. After graduating with a BFA he changed to the graduate program in theater at the University, studying with his mentor and friend, Lynne Emmert Horpedal.
Sellers left Alabama to pursue a Master’s degree in design at
He worked with the Dallas Ballet, The Dallas Theater Center, Grafica Design Company, and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, where he met staff members from Hartford Stage. While in New York City at a conference of the League of Professional Training Schools sponsored by SMU, he was interviewed and hired by then costume shop manager Martha Christian for Hartford Stage.