Gregory J Slawko (1957-2023)
Greg was the resident costumer designer at Drury Lane of Oak Brook, where he designed over 30 shows including “”Dames at Sea”, “Hello Dolly!”, “Anything Goes”, and “Music Man”, and received two Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for his work. He also designed at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Chitauqua Theatre in New York, Northwestern University Opera, The Joffrey Ballet, Trinity Irish Dancers, Gus Giorando Jazz Dance Chicago, and Joel Hall Dancers. In addition to professional design, he also taught design at Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, Loyola University, and Illinois State University. Greg also appeared in numerous plays and musicals throughout the country. Most recently, until the time of his death, Greg was writing children's plays.
Greg’s work was acknowledged in a 1992 Chicago Tribune review for Joel Hall’s modern-day “Nutcracker” at the Athenaeum Theatre: “...costumers Florence Martin and Gregory W. Slawko get credit, too, for everything from a gold-clad creature draped in seaweed-like gauze to a gospel choir whose kelly-green robes end in wispy white hula skirts.”
Greg studied theater design (costume) at Northwestern University where he earned his MFA. He attended Illinois State University where he earned his BA in acting/directing and theater design (costume).
Greg is survived by his loving mother, Myrtle; adoring sister, Kyle Scanlon; brother-in-law, Steve Scanlon; his faithful Yorkie, Maxx and hundreds of friends.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gregory's memory may be made to American Diabetes Association, https://diabetes.org.