About Muriel

Art

Muriel StockdateSince 2003 Muriel has continually created additions to her art series of USA flags. The project, entitled E PLURIBUS, is inspired by the diverse cultures of people coexisting in this great country. Since February of 2011, many flags have been displayed at Charlotte’s Place, which is an elegant Trinity Church Community Venter at 109 Greenwich Street, NYC. Also in 2011, Muriel was commissioned by Trinity Church to oversee construction of a community art flag to honor the tenth anniversary of 9/11. That flag, entitled “Out of Many, ONE” which is 8 by 11 feet, can also be seen at Charlotte’s Place. In 2011, E Pluribus’ last gallery exhibit was in Fairfield, CT at ARC Fine Art. Before that, E Pluribus enjoyed a solo exhibit at the Charles B. Want Center at SUNY Stony Brook NY. Since 2004, the flags have been exhibited in over 20 venues including Queens Libraries, Galleries in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut. The New Britain Museum of American Art owns the original E Pluribus African flag as part of its permanent collection.

History

Muriel was born and raised in England. She moved to Long Island, NY in 1967. She was impressed by how eager her new friends were to share their own diverse immigrant histories. She began early in entertainment as a stage manager for theater. In the 1970’s she received a federal grant, with friends, to form a theater company in rural Vermont. Over the last 40 years, while maintaining a successful career in costume design, she has directed several shows in NYC and in New England, performed onstage, crewed backstage, managed costume shops, designed and painted scenery, and taught aspiring designers. She is a Reiki healer, a writer, media consultant and artist.

Education

Muriel was educated until age 13 in the United Kingdom. She graduated in 1979, Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Vermont with a BS in Nutrition. She earned her MFA in 1982 from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Design Department. Throughout, Muriel has extensively studied the cultures and religions of the world by reading many of the classic texts and through various classes, workshops, seminars, retreats and much travel.

Employment

In 2014, Muriel returned to costume design and created costumes for Opera Omnia’s production, The Return of Ulysses, directed by Crystal Manich. Muriel has been consistently employed at The Jim Henson Company, constructing costumes for the Muppets in recent films and Sesame Street episodes. In February of 2007, Muriel designed and constructed puppet costumes for the new Kennedy Center production of Carnival. In the summer of 2006, she designed costumes for two original productions at the Colorado World Theatre Festival starring Lynn Redgrave and Brian Murray. Prior to that, Muriel created costumes for the feature film Conversations with God, released in October of 2006 and produced and directed by Stephen Deutsch. This film is based on the life story of Neale Donald Walsch, author of books by the same name.

For over 30 years, Muriel has enjoyed an extensive and varied career in the entertainment industry, thus cultivating a stellar professional ethic and network of professional contacts. She has created some scenery and many outstanding costumes for some of the finest producers of film, TV, and live entertainment. Among these are Disney (Citykids & Out of the Box), Children’s Television Workshop (Ghost Writer), NBC (Law and Order), CBS (Guiding Light), PBS, ABC (One Life to Live), Universal Television (The Equalizer), Elizabeth Ireland McCann (Three Tall Women), The Vineyard and Public Theaters, The Champlain Shakespeare Festival and dozens of US and European regional theaters. Muriel has worked with world-reknowned, award-winning performers, directors, writers, and composers such as Richard Adler, Colleen Dewhurst, Adriana Trigiani, Kermit the Frog, Tony Roberts, S. Epatha Merkeson, Lynn Redgrave, and Edward Albee. She has spend over 20 years working with Jim Henson Productions, building and designing costumes for puppets and people.

Teaching

For fourteen years, Muriel was a valued member of the teaching faculty at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Design Department.

Writing

Recently, she has redirected her career in order to produce uplifting entertainment. She produced and directed a short film, New York City Spirit, about New Yorkers taking time to connect to their divine. She was commissioned to write the book for a new music version of the classic Hindi Scripture, The Ramanaya. The musical has become an opera based on Rama’s wife, Sita. Muriel has also completed her original screenplay, Gabriel’s Flight, and written numerous articles on spiritual entertainment and products for the magazines The Independent and RaveSQ.

Websites

www.raasa.org

www.epluribus.us

www.raasa.org/nycspirit