Alright folks, it is time to introduce our incredible Costume Designer, Rachel Zmak.
Rachel is a fifth year Business and Fine Arts student at Trinity Western University, who never expected to find herself working for a theatre company, let alone as a designer. She’s been interested in theatre from a young age, when she was cast as the Lion in her elementary school’s production of The Wizard of Oz. Thinking she had found her true passion, Rachel continued acting throughout primary and secondary school, up to University where she had the privilege to play Babe in Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Crimes of the Heart, at TWU.
While Rachel explored the stage, she simultaneously pursued music as well. She attempted to find a balance between the two, determined to become a fine arts teacher and spread the magic of the arts to children, until she discovered at the end of her first year in university that she was not a big fan of being a teacher. Lost and a little confused about which direction she should take, she took as business class at the urging of her parents, who were concerned she would attempt to pursue a career in the arts. Fortunately for her, she did find her passion in business, but unfortunately for her parents, she’s still pursuing a career in the arts and she hopes to go into arts administration after her graduation next spring, and eventually produce her own shows, or open her own recording studio in Vancouver.
As for being a designer, Rachel has been sewing since her mother determined it was ladylike to known how to darn your own clothing. Once entering TWU’s theatre program, she was snatched by the resident costume shop supervisor, and learned a bit about costume designing while slaving over a sewing machine. Becky asked if she was will to design for Fool for Love and Rachel couldn’t say no to a chance to try her hand at designing.
Rachel is newly engaged as of the beginning of April, and plans on spending her summer planning a wedding, taking business courses, working part time, and seeing more productions in Vancouver. She is honored to be working with everyone involved with Fool for Love and hopes you will come see the show!