by the Light of Tiffany: A Meeting with Clara Driscoll
Award-winning author, playwright and classically trained actress Leanna Renee Hieber channels the talented artist Clara Wolcott Driscoll, designer of iconic Tiffany lamps and the manager of the Women’s Glass Cutting department of Tiffany Studios. Infused with passion and dedication, By the Light of Tiffany is a one hour, one-woman show adapted from Driscoll’s personal letters, historical record and inspiring insights, showcases the vitality, innovation and importance of women in the decorative arts movement. A native of Tallmadge, Ohio, Driscoll was encouraged by a loving, tight-knit family to pursue higher education and after studying at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City she was hired by Louis Comfort Tiffany for work in his Tiffany Studios. Driscoll oversaw the “Tiffany Girls” and designed many of Tiffany’s most famous items, including the Dragonfly, Wisteria, and Daffodil lamps. Driscoll won first place for her Dragonfly Lamp design at the Paris Exposition in 1900 and was noted as one of the highest paid women of the Gilded Age ($10,000 per year), at a time when women made 60% less than men. She oversaw over 50 women at the department’s height and spent her life devoted to the arts.
Leanna Renee Hieber grew up in Hamilton, Ohio and graduated from Miami University with a BFA in theatre performance and a focus in the 19th Century. A member of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s first Young Company, she went on to work in regional theatres around the country doing Shakespeare, classical theatre and adapting 19th century literature for the professional stage. An award-winning, critically acclaimed author of over 10 Historical Fantasy novels such as the Strangely Beautiful saga, considered a foundation work of Gaslamp Fantasy, the Magic Most Foul saga and the new Eterna Files trilogy with Tor Books. Her work has been featured in notable anthologies and several of her books have been included national book club editions and translated into languages such as Polish, Complex Chinese and German. A New York City resident for twelve years, she is a licensed New York City tour guide, a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and has been featured in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire and Mysteries at the Museum.
By the Light of Tiffany debuts Sept 7th as a part of the First Fridays Concert & Artist Series in Middletown, OH, thanks to many
Ohio arts council groups: http://www.myfumc.net/first-fridays-concert-series/
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Blessings of color and light!