Fashion Machine

Fashion Machine

DATE: Saturday, May 13, 2pm & 7pm

LOCATION: Yvonne Richardson Community Center*

TICKETS: FREE with tickets

*To arrive at the Yvonne Richardson Community Center, please follow these instructions to avoid road closures:

  • If you're coming from the south, take MLK Jr. Blvd to S. Washington Ave, right on South St, a left onto Mill Ave. and a right onto E. Rock St to get to the center.
  • If you're coming from the north, take E. Dickson St to N. Olive Ave, turn right onto E. Spring Street, left onto N. Willow Ave, and right onto E. Rock St.


Five artists from the fields of textiles, theater and photography work with 28 local children to prepare them for a show where they will remake outfits in less than one hour. Following training from Canada’s professional Theatre SKAM artists, the kids circulate among the audience and select lucky, brave patrons (among those wearing “I’m In” stickers) to be taken inside the Fashion Machine. Then the action begins.

After an interview with the subjects and a brainstorming session, the young designers retreat to their open workshop space and begin redesigning the volunteers’ outfits. The audience circles the perimeter and watch the children at work. Meanwhile, a photographer captures up-close images of the budding artists that are broadcast on a giant screen in an ever-expanding slideshow loop. After 50 minutes at the hands of the kids’ sewing machines, scissors, buttons, ribbons, fabric, needles and thread, the seven audience members don their remade outfits and showcase their new looks in a fashion show with commentary by the kids.

Fashion Machine is an opportunity to help foster the creativity of the next generation of artists. It’s a new, exciting breed of performance art and a whole lot of fun.


Theatre Skam is currently recruiting participants ages 9-13.

Must be available to participate in the following workshops, rehearsals and performances:

  • Saturday, May 6 Noon-4pm (Lunch Provided for participants)
  • Monday, May 8: 4pm-6pm
  • Tuesday, May 9: 4pm - 6pm
  • Wednesday, May 10: 4pm-6pm
  • Thursday, May 11: 4pm-6pm
  • Friday, May 12: 4pm-6pm (Mock Show/Setup)
  • Saturday, May 13: 2pm & 7pm (Showtimes)  (Dinner provided)

For questions and to register, please contact DeMarcus Wiggins at