theTEN with Izumi Inaba

theTEN with Izumi Inaba

Pictured: Isa Arciniegas with (back, l to r) Sarah Giovannetti and Jordan Harris in Haven Theatre’s 2017 Chicago premiere of WE’RE GONNA DIE. Photo by Austin D. Oie. Costume design by Izumi Inaba. 

Jump inside the brains of Chicago theater artists as we ask them 10 questions that were in no way inspired by “Inside the Actor’s Studio.”

What’s the one show you’ve always wanted to work on that you haven’t yet?

“Far Away” by Caryl Churchill, “Mud” by Maria Irene Fornes

What current production, besides one of your own, are you most excited about?

Any new plays that raise the discussion on gender, race, culture, religion, politics, etc is great and important.

If you couldn’t be in theater, what career would you have chosen?

I would pursue Dance/Choreography,

What quote or saying do people spout but is really complete BS?

I am not sure if I know any relevant quote.

What would you name your boat if you had one?


What will finally break the internet?

Kim Jong-un

What well-known fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life?

I actually don’t know any of well-known fictional character that pops into my head strongly. I enjoy non-fiction in general.

What is a play or musical that you cannot stand (CATS is not an acceptable answer)?

What is a play or musical that you love (CATS is not an acceptable answer)?

Those two questions above are very hard to answer. It is rare for me to love or hate one thing permanently.

What are you reading, watching or listening to right now?

Haruki Murakami.

Izumi Inaba is a Chicago based costume designer whose current and upcoming projects include “Ofrenda” at Albany Park Theatre Project, “Last Stop On Market Street” at Chicago Children Theater, “Damascus” at Strawdog Theatre Company, and “Tilikum” at Sideshow Theatre Company. Past works include “We’re Gonna Die” at Haven Theatre, “Anna Karenina” at Lifeline Theatre, “Violet” at Griffin Theatre and many more. For more information visit

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