Spotlight on Hubbub: Meet Jamie R Urban!

What’s all the hubbub? An interactive performance adventure in your home!


Meet Jamie R Urban, the Costume Designer for Hubbub, the Lawrence Arts Center’s newest virtual performance for very young children ages 0-6!

Jamie R Urban is the costume studio manager for the University of Kansas. When she’s not designing or making costumes, she’s hanging out with her pups, Mason and Josie. She loves to cook new and exciting vegan recipes, but her favorite meal is a peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich with jalapeño potato chips (crushed on the sandwich AND on the side).


So what is Hubbub and how does it work?

Welcome to Hubbub, a virtual performance for very young children and their families that celebrates sounds, noises, delicious words, and silence! What does music taste like? If we could see noises, what would they look like floating in the air? How do our mouths make words? We explore these questions (and more!) in a performance directly inspired by the ideas, sounds, and words of children ages 2-6 in our Play Lab research series.

Hubbub performances are held live on Zoom with small groups of six households at a time. This way, all of our audience members can see, hear, and interact with each other, as well as the performers! Hubbub runs 25-30 minutes in length and involves all sorts of interaction, music, and noise-making to create a participatory experience. Finally, we tailor each individual show to who is attending by learning your names and favorite things ahead of time before incorporating them directly into the performance. You can also book a playdate package with family and friends in other households! Best of all, a single ticket covers your entire household in our choose-what-you-pay model!

What does Jamie do for Hubbub?

As the Costume Designer for Hubbub, Jamie worked with the performers and director to create the look for this unique world. Since both performers live in different cities (St. Louis and New York City), Jamie utilized virtual meetings, the postal service, and her fabulous imagination to collaborate with the creative team from afar.


Get your tickets for Hubbub here!