Rubble&Ash is a new name to capture the decade-old collaborative design and production work of Andrea M Gross and Barb Portinga. For the past dozen years they have challenged and supported one another as costume designers, pattern makers, and storytellers. As Rubble&Ash, their work has been seen at nimbus in The Pathetic Life and Remarkable Afterlife of Elmer McCurdy the Worst Robber in the West, The River Becomes Sea, and The Kalevala; and at Park Square Theatre in Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant.
Barb has been making her living solely via her varied costume skills since graduating from Augsburg College in 1990. Her design work has been seen throughout the Midwest, from Utah to Door County, WI.
Andrea made her Twin Cities debut with nimbus (Propaganda for the Converted in 2005) and has collaborated on over 75 productions with companies and directors all over Minnesota since.
Rubble&Ash melds pieces from existing stocks of costumes; thrift, antique, and fabric stores; and purpose builds garments to combine elements in unexpected ways. The intention is always to support the story and creation of character with skill and ingenuity.
Upcoming: History Theater: Superman Becomes Lois Lane, February 2020.