In fall 2017, when costume designer Sanja Manakoski was charged with creating a 21st-century version of Don Quixote’s suit of armor for the Glencoe, Ill.-based Writers Theatre’s production of Quixote: On the Conquest of Self, she turned to the knight errant himself for inspiration.“Our Don Quixote is no regular knight,” explains Manakoski ’17 MFA, who recently earned a master’s degree in stage costume design. “For us it was important to visually paint his spirit into the costume.”
Artist Ryan Tova Katz painted a mural at 829 Foster St. in Evanston in honor of the 2020 Northwestern graduates. The project took three days and spans the entire side of a building.
Scroll through the slideshow below to see some behind-the-scenes photos of the mural in the making — and the final product.