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Percy Anderson

In 1999, I received a small grant from the United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) to research Percy Anderson, the innovative turn-of-the-century British costume designer who influenced many future designers in England as well as the United States with his attention to detail and whose works speak volumes but who is virtually unknown. He…

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Patricia Zipprodt

Photo of Patricia Zipprodt taken from www.azquotes.com   I had the pleasure of interviewing Patricia Zipprodt, one of the most well-respected and prolific costume designers of the American stage, for my dissertation. Zipprodt’s designs were seen on the Broadway stage for four decades, and she was credited for improving the status of costume designers and…

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Smoking: Why It’s Difficult to Quit

“Why, oh why is it incredibly hard to quit smoking?” I’ve heard people say that countless times. So, why can’t smokers turn it off like a light switch? In a nutshell, the nicotine in cigarettes is what makes them so addictive. But it’s more than that. The addiction is both physical and psychological. You have…

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The Relationship Between Schizophrenia and Smoking

  We know that smoking is dangerous to our health. But that doesn’t stop us from smoking, right? Well, here’s something you don’t hear often. Did you know that scientists believe that schizophrenia and smoking are tightly linked? They are not sure why, though. In fact, a recent study published in Lancet Psychiatry states that…

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by Rosalie H. Contino, PhD