Originally from Albany, N.Y., Janessa began her career as a ballet dancer, training at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts and dancing with the Roxey Ballet Company and as a trainee with American Repertory Ballet. Since transitioning into costuming, she has coordinated wardrobe for many productions including ARB’s Nutcracker, Princeton Ballet School’s Don Quixote and Swan Lake, and other repertory programs. She served as seasonal Wardrobe Supervisor at the Bucks County Playhouse, working on numerous plays and musicals. She was privileged to work with the original cast of Mothers and Sons, a critically acclaimed drama on Broadway. Janessa’s design work with ARB includes Mary Barton’s Shades of Time, Scarlet Sonata, Kirk Peterson’s Glazunov Variations, and Carmen.
Designs for theater, dance, opera and special events. Dance: Ailey II, American Repertory Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Lustig Dance Theatre, Parsons Dance, Manchester Ballet, Ram Island Dance. Theatre: Cape Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, York Theatre, Curtain Call Inc., Boston College, Montclair State University, University of Hartford, Dramatics NYC, Gallery Players,Mount Washington Valley Theatre Company, Resort Players, M+D Productions. A Connecticut native, Chris currently lives in New York City and freelances as a designer and consultant. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut.