Raleigh's #1 Halloween costume retailer.

Costume Designers

The Tilted Stage is the Triangle's Premiere Costume Boutique. Our boutique will allow you to rent simple or extravagant costumes for your event.

About Our Creative Directors


Valerie Curran, Owner

Valerie attended NC State University to major in chemical engineering, she danced with the Land of the Sky Civic Ballet and Tap Company at Fletcher's School of Dance in Asheville, NC where she performed lead roles in the Nutcracker as well as danced competitively in tap and jazz. At NC State, Valerie was a dancer and captain of the NC State Dance Team for 4 years.

After college, she danced professionally for the Carolina Cobras Arena Football team and then moved to Philadelphia to cheer professionally for the Philadelphia Eagles NFL team. While an Eagles cheerleader for 4 years and captain of the team for 2 years, she performed in the Super Bowl, in Bosnia and Kosovo for the troops stationed there, in Hong Kong in the Chinese New Year Parade, on tv shows such as Cold Pizza and Good Morning America, and was featured in publications such as FHM, Fantasy Football Magazine, and Sports Illustrated.

Valerie also has a knack for planning. While in Philly, she worked for Max and Me Catering at the National Constitution Center as a sales manager and wedding specialist.  There she planned weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and corporate events for clients such as Comcast, HBO, Subaru, KPMG, GSK, and Dikembe Mutombo.

Now back in Raleigh with her husband, Eric, and 4 dogs, Nuala, Sulley, Cocoa Bean, and Sissi, Valerie owns Elevate, a live performance company and The Titled Stage!


Kathy Henagan, Boutique Manager and Lead Costume Designer 

Kathy is a veteran cosplayer, with over 10 years experience under her belt. She can be found at many conventions along the east coast, decked out as her favorite characters. When not at the Tilted Stage boutique or a convention, she can be found with her fiance and rescued fur family at home binge watching spooky movies, or out with her horses. Kathy is also a voice actress, with credits on multiple shows on Crunchyroll.

She brings 11 years of retail experience to managing The Tilted Stage, and her favorite part of the job is helping people come up with really unconventional costumes. Stop in and let her help you stand out at your next event!

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