Shiela Lenkman and Scott Corwin:
Our Costuming Guests of Honor

        Sheila Lenkman and Scott Corwin, both natives of St. Louis, are the current masquerade directors for Archon, one of the Midwest's oldest fan-run conventions. Archon has earned the reputation as being one of the finest venues in the country for costuming, attracting contestants from both coasts and Canada. Sheila and Scott took over the masquerade in 1996, when the current director unexpectedly dropped out. They had already been working backstage for two years at this point, Sheila working backstage and Scott working the light board. While the previous director had done much to improve the masquerade from its' humble beginning, Sheila felt that much more could still be done. Luckily, the Archon committee approved their plans, and they began recruiting a team of retired costumers and technicians. Their strategy was to improve the technical support, and with the help of Mike Evans on the soun! dboard, they did just that. Scott began writing a computer program that would give each technician vital information to run each department. Kevin Dulle and David Trammel were drafted to act as Backstage Manager and Crew Chief, and Sheryl Haven to be Assistant Stage Manager. Eileen Lenkman, Sheila's sister, took on the arduous task of data entry and Judge's Liaison. Sheila decided to adopt various theatrical techniques, bringing structure to what was once rather chaotic. Their first masquerade as a team was Archon 20, and all their hard work paid off. The new masquerade was a success.

        In the five years since then, the Archon Masquerade Team have run ten masquerades. Six Archons, three Gateway Media Cons, and the 2000 Worldcon in Chicago (under Nancy Mildebrandt). Sheila and Scott have also organized costume panels that actively promote the masquerade, and began bringing in Masquerade Guests of Honor at Archon.

        When they are not running masquerades, Sheila and Scott work on renovating their 1920's home in Brentwood, a suburb of St. Louis. Scott is a Senior Software Engineer for Centrics Technology, and is an avid Paintball player. He is currently on the Board of Directors for Archon.

        Sheila works in the costume shop at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, where she is First Hand (assistant) to the head draper. In her off-season she does work for other professional theatres, such as Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Stages St. Louis, The Muny, and The St. Louis Shakespeare Company.

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