Nicole Zausmer – Costume Shop Manager

Nicole_Zausmer_Head_ShotWelcome back to Nicole Zausmer, Costomer Shot Manager and Costume Designer from Longmont, Colorado! Returning to BSP for a fifth season, read on to see what keeps bringing Nichole back to Bigfork.

What role(s) do you play at the BSP this season?
I’m the costume shop manager and designed the costumes for Man of La Mancha

How long have you been at Bigfork Summer Playhouse?
This is my fifth summer in Bigfork, Montana. I’ve been the costume shop manager for the past two summers and have designed eight shows here total. I ended up here through an interview at a conference. My [then boyfriend, now husband, Nicholas Graves] and I got jobs at the BSP together. I keep coming back for the people. It’s a wonderful group of individuals really committed to story-telling and each other. That’s not something you find everywhere.

Nicole_Zausmer_Photo_2Please share your personal history with theatre.
I’ve been in theatre my whole life, whether on stage or backstage. I’m extremely fortunate that I’ve always known this was my future. I never changed my major or doubted my path. I designed my first show in high school. My passion has taken me from Michigan to Indiana, London, New York, New Jersey, Montana, Oklahoma, Colorado, and soon Illinois. I couldn’t be luckier.

Nicole_Zausmer_Photo_3What is your favorite thing to do in your “off” time while staying in Bigfork?
In the first seven weeks there isn’t much off time. We keep a really tight schedule. My favorite place to be is our little back porch. Wayfarer’s Park is also beautiful and the river rocks shouldn’t be missed.

What are your plans after the BFSP season ends?
My husband and I are driving to Michigan to be reunited with our puppy before I head to graduate school at the University of Illinois.

Anything else you’d like to add?
If you’re curious about anything else, feel free to check out my website.


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