Jonida Beqo knows the backstage rooms at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s well. As a costume designer for Theatrical Outfit, she’s often found there searching through the stock room for a cap in just the right shade of blue or measuring an actor’s sleeve-length in the rehearsal hall. Actresses love to perform in the beautiful dresses Jonida, 32, makes. Other designers have been known to gather around to watch the way she sews a double hem, marveling at her effortless speed, the tightness of her stitches.
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HOW WE GOT THE STORY
Andrew Alexander saw a preview performance of Jonida Beqo’s show “Harabel” when it was in development earlier this year and knew right away she would make a fascinating subject for Personal Journeys. In the midst of a busy fall season covering the arts, Andrew said this was a story he found himself returning to again and again. “When other stories had been filed away, I pulled this one out and pored over the words, thinking about how to best honor Beqo and her amazing story,” he said. The AJC is grateful for Jonida’s generosity during the long interview process and the trust she put in us to tell her story.
Suzanne Van Atten
Features Enterprise Editor
ABOUT THE REPORTER AND PHOTOGRAPHER
Andrew Alexander is an independent arts journalist working in Atlanta, where he has lived off and on since the age of 2. He loves art, travel, bourbon and old records. In September, readers voted him Atlanta’s Best Art Critic in Creative Loafing’s annual Best of Atlanta issue.
Phil Skinner has been a photojournalist at the AJC for 16 years, working on a variety of stories, including the Masters, Olympics, Atlanta Braves, presidential campaigns, hurricanes and all kinds of human interest stories. Previously he worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Boca Raton News, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Jupiter Journal.
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