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Hannah Green in front of Captain Marvel marquee

Working in the costuming department for blockbusters such as Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and most recently Captain Marvel, Hannah Greene (06C) has played a big role in creating the costumes for some of our favorite superheroes.

The bright lights of Hollywood are a long way from the Berry campus, but the threads of her career tie directly to her work in the costume shop of the Berry College Theatre Company, where she fell in love with that particular aspect of production.

As a student, the visual communication major designed costumes for theatre and dance troupe productions. Upon graduation, her Berry experience helped her gain admission to the University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in costume design. She then used connections made in Los Angeles to begin her career in film, working her way up to Marvel Entertainment.

In her current role, Greene is responsible for sourcing all the fabrics used to create the characters’ costumes and coordinating between the fabric vendors, costume designer and sewers to make sure the final product matches the creative vision. When working on a Marvel movie, she has to create as many as five costumes for each actor and stunt double, depending on the action required and how well fabrics hold up in the elements.

“It’s been a lot of fun working on the superheroes, because you’re figuring out something that doesn’t exist,” Greene said. “You’re trying to create something that’s high tech and no one has ever seen before.”

Greene was deeply influenced by her Berry professors and is grateful for the mentoring provided by Associate Professor of Theatre Alice Bristow.

“Honestly I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing without her,” she said. “She is amazing and such a great professor. She was the one who encouraged me to take costuming classes.”

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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"Rumors" Set

SPACE TO PERFORM: Students actors make themselves at home on the set designed by Carl Tallent (01C) for BCTC’s fall production of Neil Simon’s “Rumors.” Photo by student Lindsey Campbell.

Carl Tallent Working on the Set of "Rumors."

Carl Tallent working on the set of “Rumors.” Photo by student Jacob Bushey.

It’s been more than 17 years since Carl Tallent (01C) graduated from Berry, but when he returned to campus in September to assist with set design for the Berry College Theatre Company’s production of Neil Simon’s Rumors, it felt like no time had passed at all.

Tallent, who has put his Berry-honed skills to good use working on props for Broadway productions such as Rock of Ages and Cirque du Soleil, did note one impressive change – new facilities for the dramatic arts in the form of Sisters Theatre and an updated Blackstone Hall, both funded by the generous gifts of alumni and friends.

“It seems like the resources have really grown,” he said. “There’s a new costume shop and a new theatre. It is a really exciting time.”

In addition to his Broadway production work, Tallent has also showcased his talents designing shows for community theatres and high schools and creating window displays on New York City’s Fifth Avenue. When Associate Professor of Theatre Alice Bristow contacted him about the possibility of sharing his experience with current students, he was happy to oblige.

Students Building "Rumors" Set

Students gain valuable experience building the set for “Rumors.” Photo by student Lindsey Campbell.

“I really love working with students,” he said. “These people are just starting to do work outside of Berry, so it’s exciting to advise them and help them get jobs.”

When Tallent first arrived at Berry as a student, he wanted to be an actor. His work in the scene shop opened up new possibilities.

“I was always artistic and crafty, but I never thought of set design as a career,” he said.

His professor thought he had skill, both in set painting and set design, and encouraged him to explore those options.

“If I had been at a larger school I might not have explored doing set design, but it wound up being what I was passionate about,” Tallent said. “It was great that at Berry we were able to experience all different aspects of theatre, so I discovered that set design was what I wanted to do.”

Click here for more on Tallent’s visit.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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Kathy RichardsonBerry Provost Kathy Richardson (pictured) is the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in recognition of her many accomplishments as a teacher, author and administrator. A communication faculty member since 1986, Richardson is a past recipient of Berry’s top awards for teaching and service. She is currently serving a three-year appointment as provost. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees from UGA. Joining her in the spotlight are several other Berry faculty and staff members lauded at spring campus awards programs. They include:

Dr. Judy Wilson, associate professor of animal science, Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award
Dr. Victor Bissonnette, associate professor of psychology, Eleana M. Garrett Award for Advising and Caring
Dr. Alice Bristow, associate professor of theatre, Outstanding Faculty Member (SGA)
Laura Phillips, administrative assistant, vice president for student affairs and dean of student’s office, Outstanding Staff Member (SGA)
Matt Forrester, systems engineer for network operations, John R. Bertrand Superior Work Supervisor Award

Emeritus recognition: The Board of Trustees recently granted emeritus titles to Professor of Philosophy David McKenzie, who is retiring this spring after 36 years on the faculty; Martha Reynolds, who retired as associate librarian in January; and Dr. Tom Carver, who retired in 2004 as vice president for student affairs and dean of students but continues to serve Berry as an adjunct member of the psychology faculty. Also honored were two retiring members of the Board of Trustees, Pete Roberts and Terry Graham.

Alumnus Colin William (93C) recently shared his appreciation for Dr. McKenzie in a letter to the editor of the Campus Carrier.

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