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From Actor to Designer… by Adria LaMorticella

Adria LaMorticella is a Blood Ensemble company member, and has been seen in Blood/Sailing, 30 Hours and Barn Show. She is costume designer for NDGM.

In all of the past projects I’ve collaborated on with Blood Ensemble I have been primarily an actor. In NDGM, however, I’ve gotten the opportunity to stretch some other theatre muscles which were getting pretty stiff from unuse. Those muscles being the costuming muscles.

Reaching into the depths of my brain about renderings and button sewing has actually been a nice change.

It’s interesting to approach a collaborative process with slightly different eye. I find myself focusing less on myself during moment work and more on the show as a whole since my job is to create an over all aesthetic as opposed to character development.  And hey, thinking about others is always positive. Continue reading

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Adria LaMorticella

Personal Manifesto: Strive to create theatre inspiring enough to compel others to create art themselves.


After graduating from Western Washington University in 2008, Adria came to Seattle to intern as a teaching artist at the Seattle Children’s Theatre and has lived and performed here ever since. She has been a company member of Blood Ensemble since 2013 but has been a long time collaborator and friend of the co-founders.

Seattle acting credits includeEd, Downloaded (Washington Ensemble Theatre), Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant (Book-It Rep), Cat in the Hat (Seattle Children’s Theatre), Blood/ Sailing (Blood Ensemble), King Arthur and the Knights of the Playground (Balagan Theatre),Suffering Inc. (Pony World Theatre), Paper Bullets(Ghostlight Theatre), The Misanthrope(Eclectic Theatre Co.), and Comedy of Errors (GreenStage).