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Ben Argenta Kress


Address: Chicago, IL 60640


Tel: 262-389-8079



Work experience


Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts

Evanston, IL

June 2022-August 2022

Interim Costume Shop Supervisor: Stepped in as Supervisor during the Wirtz Center Summer programming and pre-production for Fall programming.

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

August 2021-September 2021

Interim Costume Shop Manager: Stepped in as Manager during rehearsals for the first shows of the season.

Baltimore Center Stage

Baltimore, MD

September 2016-June 2020


Associate Costumer. Assisted the Costume Shop Manager.

Baltimore Center Stage

Baltimore, MD

August 2014-September 2016


Costume Shop Intern / Fellow. Assisted the Costume Shop Manager and aided the construction team.

Cecil College
Elkton, MD
July 2019-September 2019
Instructor. Served as an Instructor for youth classes in Costume Design and Construction for Cecil College Young People's Theater Program as well as Adult Saturday Intensive courses.
Bay View Music Festival
Bay View, MI
May 2015-August 2015
Costume Shop Manager / Resident Designer. Oversaw the design and construction of the mainstage show and opera as well as other season events and shows.
Kenyon College

Gambier, OH

August 2013-May 2014


Costume Shop Assistant. Worked as a costume shop hand under the costume shop manager for mainstage productions.

Kenyon Playwrights Conference

Gambier, OH

July 2013, 2014


Conference Intern. Read plays and served as a classroom aid for the week-long conference. 



Costume Construction; Costume Alterations; Costume Distressing; Costume Fittings; Watercolor and Acrylic Painting; Woodworking; Research; Photoshop; Microsoft Office; Budgeting and Expense Reports; Costume and wardrobe paperwork; DSLR Photography; Fabric Shopping; Flatlining; Dyeing; Ruff and Jabot Construction; Makeup Design; Costume Maintenance; Conscious and ethical sourcing and practices; Valid drivers license



Kenyon College Dance & Dramatic Club
The Thomas Turgeon Memorial Award for Best Costume Design


Kenyon College Dance & Dramatic Club
The Thomas Turgeon Memorial Award for Best Costume Design



Northwestern University

anticipated completion June 2024

MFA in Stage Design candidate

Kenyon College

2010 - 2014

BA in Psychology, Drama

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