Nevermore Designer Profile: Beth Laske-Miller!

  1. Where you were born/where were you raised: Born on the south side of Chicago, raised in small-town Northwest Indiana, Mexico City & South Bend, Indiana.
  2. Zodiac sign: Textbook Virgo, all the way.
  3. What are/were the careers of your parents: My dad was a purchasing manager for Bendix, now a history/genealogy buff. My mom is an artist and nanny.
  4. Do you have any Siblings?: My older brother introduced me to good music (Sex Pistols, the Doors, Dead Kennedys & Pink Floyd), now he's living the good life in Wilmette. But he's still a weirdo.
  5. Where were you trained?: Always been an artist, starting with my mom & grandparents, later studied sculpture at IU Bloomington, before I got sucked into costume and fashion design there, and eventually received my MFA in Costume Design from Calarts.
  6. Why did you want to be a part of Nevermore? I've always loved the spooky honesty of Poe. To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of poetry, but something about Poe's style makes it accessible and meaningful to me. I also love working with Ed Rutherford, he really lets me run wild and indulge my wacky ideas. Well, and his wacky ideas too.
  7. Current or recent show in Chicago (other than Nevermore) that you think is must-see: Marie Christine. Maybe someday I'll make it to see this 'Hamilton' show.
  8. Favorite Edgar Allan Poe poem or story? He'd hate me for it, but I love The Raven. Also Fall of the House of Usher.
  9. What's your favorite non-Poe scary art? (can be a movie, book, painting, song, etc.) Oh anything. I really love seeing anything new. Classically I love Edward Gorey. I've always been a fan of Stephen King & Neil Gaiman. Every year, I look forward to watching The Shining during the first major snowstorm. Preferably alone.
  10. Most played song in your music collection: Anything by Queen or Bowie. I will always stop for DJ Kool's 'Let Me Clear My Throat'. Really, there are only a couple genres I don't like, otherwise I've always got music playing.
  11. Worst onstage mishap: Mustaches falling off. Always.
  12. Worst job you ever had: In theatre? None were THAT bad. Otherwise? Yeah, I worked at Taco Bell. The one I worked at was shut down by the health department two years later. I'm convinced it gave me super-powers.