The Capital Region theatre community mourns the loss of one of our great costume designers and friends, Debbie Lummis. Debbie was involved at SLOC and theaters across the area for many years and touched the lives of many people. She was an amazingly kind person and talented collaborator. Debbie had an impressive list of productions at SLOC where she was the Costume Designer, including, Rocky Horror, Spamalot, Shrek, Guys and Dolls, Beauty and the Beast, Hair, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Little Shop of Horrors, Next to Normal, Hairspray, and Fiddler on the Roof. She worked with numerous directors at SLOC, as well as at other venues, which is a testament to her ability to work with multiple people in the same positive and creative way. She was awarded many TANYS awards for her work in costuming. But one of the things you always heard from the other designers in the community was that she could be depended upon as a go- to person when the costume designer was in need of help, or a special piece or something unique. Debbie would often respond, “I’ll be right over tonight with that”. She was that kind of person– a go-to type with a kind and smiling face always ready to lend a hand.
Tribute by Connie Rowe Rauhauser, May 2020