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Mary Waldron

Costume Designer

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Mary Waldron was inspired at an early age to create wearable art that truly comes to life on stage. For the last 19 years, Ballet Chelsea has been reaping the benefits of Mary’s unique talents. Prompted by her grandmother’s yearly gift of tickets to the National Ballet of Canada’s Nutcracker, Mary’s love of ballet nearly matched her love for art. In high school while studying with fiber artist Randall Darwall her passion for combining textile art and movement was ignited. Mary attended The University of Michigan School of Art, earned a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and an MA in Teaching from Seattle University. Her Costume Design career began at the Boston Ballet in 1985, where she combined her fiber arts talents, including painting and dyeing costumes, along with her passion for working with youth.

After settling with her family in the Ann Arbor area, Mary and her daughter, Leslie, joined Ballet Chelsea (then Michigan Youth Dance Theater) – Leslie as a dancer and Mary as a volunteer in the Costume Department until she was hired as Costume Designer in 2010. Today, Mary leads a volunteer crew lovingly dubbed, “The Sewing Bees,” on a mission to enhance Ballet Chelsea dancers’ experience of excellence while wearing carefully crafted and fitted costumes and giving the audience an added visual treat through the magic of storytelling. To date, Mary has designed costumes for 19 Nutcrackers, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Giselle, Coppelia, Five Dancing Princesses, and Sleeping Beauty, and Gershwin.