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Alena Van Arendonk

Alena has been cosplaying for more than a decade and a half, and has provided professional costuming and SFX makeup work for film, live theatre, and museums. She is a member of “…And Sewing Is Half The Battle!”, an Indiana-based cosplay team that has garnered more than 50 awards for their costumes and performances at events around the United States. An entirely self-taught seamstress, Alena loves helping novice cosplayers improve their craft through workshops and seminars.

When she's not making costumes, Alena also works as a film, stage and voice actress. Sci-fi fans may have spotted her in fan-made webseries Star Trek Continues and Star Trek Phase II, or heard her in The Twelfth Doctor Adventures. She is currently recording the title role in AudioHour's upcoming sci-fi audio drama Verity Weaver. Alena also juggles the hats of writer, artist, animal trainer, historic preservationist, gamer, and fangirl.