SPOTLIGHT ON STUDENT RESEARCH – #8 –

Meet Cade Sikora!

2018 William Case Kramer Fellowship Recipient

Cade Sikora MFA student in theatrical design

Cade Sikora MFA student in theatrical design

Cade Sikora, MFA student in theatrical design was the recipient of the 2018 William Case Kramer Fellowship. In the summer of 2018 Cade used the fellowship to support his travel to London, where he conducted research on the theatrical designer Maria Björnson (1949 – 2002), most widely known for creating the costume and set designs for the original production of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera. While in London Cade was able to interview several theatrical professionals who had worked with Björnson and to see many of her original costume and set renderings and other artifacts held in the Maria Björnson Archive.

Cade has given several presentations on the research he conducted with Kramer Fund support, including a very well-received talk at the recent Mid-America Theatre Conference in Cleveland. He plans on continuing his work on Björnson’s career and has an article that will appear in the next issue of Theatre Design and Technology (TD&T) the publication of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.

If you are interested in getting involved in using TRI special collections as a basis for your research, please contact Dr. Beth Kattelman, Curator of Theatre, kattelman.1@osu.edu.