Anita Martin: With the company since January
2003, Anita is the lady you see always at the front
counter, ready to take your money. She is usually
the first person you see when you come in and the
last one you see when you leave.
Dora has been hanging out since the end of 2008. She
is one of those employees that came to work with the
company during the Halloween Season doing whatever
needed to be done and never left. She is primarily
at the washing machine. Washing, drying, steaming,
ironing.... she is instrumental in keeping the
rental stock looking fresh and appealing. If Dora
cannot get the stain out, then you can be assured
that the stain is not coming out. We call her the
A newer addition to the staff. You usually see her
in the sewing room being creative and "figuring it
out". After her children grew up and left home she
decided to use that "mama knowledge" she developed
from school theatre and put it to use at Performance
Studios. She came to help out Halloween 2013 and
just never left.
Mark has been with the company since 2009. During
that time has learned "where things are". He has
been working in theatre in Middle Tennessee his
entire adult life so his knowledge of characters for
various shows is extensive. He is the one to ask:
"Does this look good on me?" If it does, he will
tell you; if it does not, he will tell you.
Melissa is another of those employees that came to
work seasonal during Halloween (2012) and just never
left. Two years later she is still in the rental
department helping customers put together that
"special look". Her obsession with organization is
evident when working with customers and they are
trying to get it "just right". It helps when
organizing drawers too.
Rufus began with Performance Studios IN 1991 as a
hair stylists and kept that division of the company
going for eight years. He then moved into the makeup
area to expand his knowledge of the industry and did
"everything" around the store for the next four
years. After moving to Savannah and working in a
huge costume store in that area while honing his
makeup skills for two years, he moved back home.
Rufus is a "fixture" at Performance Studios and
pretty much been with the company from the
beginning. You see him floating around in the wig
area and makeup area or maybe even outside unloading
or loading costumes for a show.
Alexander: Glenn Joined the company in 1996 and
learned the costuming industry from the ground up
assisting in the growth of the company into what you
see today. You often see Glenn at the front counter
doing what it takes to get merchandise out on the
floor for retail. What you do not see is Glenn
creating purchase orders for all the merchandise
that fills the 11,000 square foot retail space. Nor
do you see him tirelessly searching for items to
keep the 7,000 square feet of rental space flowing
with stock. He is also proficient with a vacuum and
the washing machine. Glenn is also the co-chair of
the National Costumers Association's Buying Group, an organization of costume industry entities that is
comprised of vendors and retailers that keep the
Manager of the Costume Rental Department. Anna has
been with the company since September of 2007. She
is the one that can tell you which school or
organization is doing what theatrical production.
She, with her "notebook" keeps it flowing. She
knows every piece of rental stock that comprises the
7000 square feet of space, which is nothing short of
amazing since there are over 30,000 pieces of rental
stock to choose from. When you are ready to begin
costuming your production, Anna is the first person
you will talk to and get the ball rolling.
Charles has been with Performance Studios since
2003, devoting himself to creating and maintaining
extraordinary wigs and consulting with customers
about their makeup choices: beauty and special
effects. Charles is the guy that you see "running
around" the store making sure the lady has on the
correct color of foundation and that her blush does
not look crazy. Want an expert: ask Charles.
Not the typical "wig counter" person but that's how
it all started during Halloween of 2009 at the
Church Street location. When the move to Thompson
Lane started, John "jumped in" and rocked it. Now
you find him doing everything from building shelves
and wooden racks to decorating the store for "the"
occasion, to "taking care" of the Halloween room.
Need a mask? Need to know which Michael Myers goes
with what Halloween movie? John's your "go to"
guy. And, yes, he can still help you with your
Hunter: Michael is the guy with the tattoos at
the front counter that you see as soon as you walk
in the door. He has been pricing and placing retail
merchandise for since 2008. You will think sometimes
that the pricing gun is permanently attached to his
hand. When you come in and you are looking for
something specific: ask Michael: if it sells, he
will know where it is or find someone that does.
The employee with the longest consecutive
employment, Vera has been with Performance Studios
sine 1995 non-stop. You don't see her too much
because she is in the sewing room most of the day.
If you need to rent an Easter Bunny or a Santa
Clause, she is the one to talk to. She spends her
day cleaning accessories, repairing anything and
everything, building new rental items, cleaning and
repairing mascots for local businesses, ironing,
steaming costumes, fixing lunch for the entire staff
during Halloween and other "busy" days and etc....
If it sounds like her days are full, keep in mind
that if she can't find anything else to do she is
gluing flowers on a hat. If you are wondering: Yes,
fellow employee Anna Lane is her daughter.
Gary joined Performance Inc in 1991. His efforts
built Performance Studios into the established
entity that it has become. With a background in
theatre and dance, Gary put years of effort into
building an outstanding reputation for the company
as well as establishing himself as an industry
leader. You will find Gary anywhere in the store
doing anything that needs to be done. His main
focus is taking care of the "business" of the
company so most of the time you find him in the
office. Gary is also the co-chair of the National
Costumers Association's Buying Group and a former
president of that trade association. The trade
association (NCA) is an international organization
that drives the success of the costuming and