Who We Are
Hello! I'm Abby, my pronouns are she/her, and I guess I'm the boss lady around here! I'm originally from Kansas where I received my BA in Theatre from Wichita State University. I started working professionally in theatre as a wardrobe intern for Music Theatre of Wichita. I toured briefly with Vee Corporation as a Wardrobe Technician before moving to Las Vegas. After moving to Las Vegas, I worked as a Wardrobe Attendant for Cirque du Soleil for about 5 years before deciding to open Pincushion. Since moving to Vegas, I have designed and coordinated costumes for various local theatres including Las Vegas Little Theatre, Super Summer Theatre, and Opera Las Vegas. I also return to Kansas every summer to design or coordinate costumes for one of the season productions.
Some fun facts about me...
1. I've done costumes for over 30 productions since I moved to Vegas in 2012. (I also worked backstage in wardrobe for over 40 productions since I turned 16)
2. I live for Iced Vanilla Lattes or Ben & Jerry ice cream.
3. I love all animals (even the ones with scales).
Well seasoned (she/her), I’m a native of Tucson, daughter to a barber and his beautiful wife. I have traveled much because of the broadways(Showboat, Fosse, Annie) and the cirques(Saltimbanco, Amaluna). I received a masters degree from the University of Delaware PTTP in Technical Production of Theater focusing on props and scenic painting, while working in costumes and wardrobe the whole time. I have taught at Pima Community College backstage stuff, worked at Arizona Theater Company LortB, street performance, community theater (Amerikan Hoodoo, Barbea Williams Dans Theater, Dames Rocket, Aka), summer stock (Utah Shakes, Wisconsin Shake), Old Tucson Studios, and worked at a ceramics factory.
I enjoy sewing patches and welding denim, machine maintenance, and especially customer service. I am fortunate to work alongside such creative and talented humans, and intend to bring humor and levity to their workday. I intend to leave people better than when I found them.
When I’m not at Pincushion I work as Wardrobe Associate at Meow Wolf Omega Mart and spend time with two roommates who are like framily to me.
I’m audacious and stubborn, dancing a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning. I love funk and blues over pop and techno. Since relocating to Las Vegas, I really miss riding my bicycle.
My name is Jenniffer. My pronouns are they/them. I am an artist studying at UNLV. I work mostly with ceramic, oil paint, and aluminum. I fell in love with ceramics in high school and have not been able to kick it since. One day, I plan on opening my own ceramics studio so I can spread the joy of the craft to the next generation of ceramic artists.
Some fun facts about me:
1. I was the youngest person in the state to receive their Doctorate from Lions University at only 22 years old.
2. During the pandemic, I was part of a team that delivered cases of food to veterans throughout my hometown.
3. Before the quarantines started in 2020, I directed a short film on the challenges of new romance and dating in a pandemic.
Nishans preferred pronouns are they/them. Nishan is an interdisciplinary artist and storyteller who explores narrative through clowning and puppetry. They received their BFA from Pratt Institute in 2018 and began working in theatre. In September of that same year, Nishan was afforded the opportunity to participate in a paper theatre and dramaturgy workshop with the puppet masters of the Union Internationale de la Marionette in Charleville-Mézières, France. They have continued to work with director and designer, Theodora Skipitares, as a scenic artist and puppeteer on her productions of There's Blood at the Wedding (2018) and The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker (2020) at La Mama Theatre in Manhattan, NY. Currently Nishan is an MFA candidate and graduate teaching assistant at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Throughout their MFA studies they have been working at Pincushion as an intern, learning and growing as an artisit and teacher.
Hello! My name is Sam, my pronouns are she/her, and I'm new-ish to Las Vegas! I have a degree in fashion design and love all things clothes, accessories, and thrifting. I've been sewing/making things for as long as I can remember. Starting with crocheting sweaters onto my stuffed animals and making clothes for my Barbie's. I watch ALOT of movies and tv shows, especially ones with really cool costumes (think Bridgerton, Devil Wears Prada, Elvis, etc). My dream job is to become a costume designer for film and tv. A couple fun facts about me is that I studied abroad in Florence, Italy for a semester and I have a collection of fun purses!
Lars' pronouns are he/him. Lars is a costume technition for Cirque du Soleil in the resident show costume shop. Lars is also a stitcher/instructor with Pincushion. Lars has worked building costumes through Pincushion for many of the shows on the Las Vegas Strip as well as out of state theatre productions.
Buttons joined the Pincushion family in September 2022. She was adopted from the Henderson Animal Shelter and is loving the shop dog life!
Some of her favorite things are:
- Apples...seriously eats them like candy
- Her emotional support cactus toy
- Watching crime shows with her mom, Abby