Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Carbondale, IL
MFA in Theatre: Production Design
Costume Design emphasis
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
BA in Theatre: Design and Production
Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
Theatre major, Education minor
Associate Professor/Costume Designer, Luther College Decorah, IA
I teach a 2/2 course load, manage the costume studio for 4 productions per academic year, build/rent/purchase costumes for 4 shows per academic year, and design costumes for 4 shows per academic year.
Costume Designer, Commonweal Theatre, Lanesboro, MN
I design and build, rent or pull costumes.
Woody Guthrie’s American Song- May 15
Enchanted April- June 10
The Rainmaker- June 09
The Odd Couple- May 09
Uncle Vanya- Sept 07
The Mystery of Irma Vep- May 07
Costume Designer, St. Mary’s University, Winona, MN
I designed costumes for two productions during the 2008-2009 season.
Bus Stop- Sept 2008
The Long Christmas Ride Home- Feb 2009
Assistant Professor of Costume Design, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
I taught a 3/3 academic load, managed the costume studio for 6 productions per academic year, built/rented/purchased costumes for 3 shows per academic year, and designed costumes for 3 shows per academic year.
Costumer, Pensacola Opera, Pensacola, FL
I performed the duties of costume rental, fittings, alterations, dresser and occasionally built special pieces as needed for the following operas:
Le Nozze di Figaro and La Traviata- 2007
Carmen and Lucia DiLammermoor- 2006
The Barber of Seville and Madama Butterfly- 2005
Tosca and Elixer of Love- 2004
The Merry Widow and Turandot- 2003
Don Giovanni and Rigoletto- 2002
Costume Designer, McLeod Summer Playhouse, Carbondale, IL
I designed, built costumes, and coordinated costume rentals.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Guest Costume Designer, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
I designed and built costumes for this mainstage performance.
Kiss Me Kate
Head Costumer, Des Moines Metro Opera, Des Moines, IA
I worked as Head Costumer in a repertory setting. I managed the budgeting, purchasing, building, rental, fitting, and alteration of costumes for all three productions. I was also in charge of a crew of three assistants.
Ariadne auf Naxos
PRODUCTION HISTORY: COSTUME DESIGNER
Twelfth Night LC 2016
Who Do You Trust? LC 2016
The Illusion LC 2016
The Invitation Game LC 2016
Sunday in the Park with George LC 2015
Love and Information LC 2015
Woody Guthrie’s American Song CTC 2015
In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) LC 2014
A Thread in the Dark LC 2014
Hwy 57 LC 2014
La Dispute LC 2014
Cabaret LC 2013
Proof LC 2013
Arcadia LC 2013
On the Verge LC 2013
A Tragedy Like Macbeth LC 2012
Much Ado About Nothing LC 2012
The Secret in the Wings LC 2012
Invited to Tea LC 2012
Spring Awakening LC 2011
The Assemblage Point LC 2011
The Servant of Two Masters LC 2011
Enchanted April CTC 2010
I Have Nothing Burning LC 2010
Antigone LC 2010
The Good Person of Szechwan LC 2009
Waiting for Godot LC 2009
The Rainmaker CTC 2009
The Odd Couple CTC 2009
Camille’s Carnival LC 2009
The Long Christmas Ride Home SMU 2009
Bus Stop SMU 2008
Reign LC 2008
Square Stories LC 2008
Paperweight LC 2008
The Last Night of Ballyhoo LC 2008
The Inspector General LC 2007
The Boy Who Fell Into a Book LC 2007
Uncle Vanya CTC 2007
The Mystery of Irma Vep CTC 2007
Depth of Field LC 2007
Hair LC 2007
Big Love LC 2006
The Marriage of Bette and Boo LC 2006
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change MSP 2006
Kiss Me Kate UWF 2006
COURSES TAUGHT AT LUTHER COLLEGE
Digital Rendering: This course introduces students to computer-generated rendering techniques for the theatre. Students will analyze plays and use the elements and principles of design to develop original design ideas. Photoshop and Illustrator will then be used to generate digital drawings of the design. Equal time will be spent on the development of the design concepts and on the digital rendering techniques.
Art of Illusion: This course is designed to introduce students to the illusionary arts that are employed in creating theatre. This course will explore the connection between the designer and the artist/craftsperson. Through field trips, readings, and experiential lab work students will develop, design, create and practice the art of illusion found in the world of the theatre.
Design I: Visual Principles: A study of the relationship between the performer, the elements of art, and the principles of design. Through a wide variety of hands-on exercises, students will explore how design can enhance the performer's ability to express thoughts, emotions, and ideas. Areas of study will include the designer's vocabulary and means of expression; the connection between design, the performer, and the audience; and methods of articulating visually to various audiences.
Costume History and Design: A survey of costume history and design with an emphasis on how historical clothing design influences costume design for the performing arts. Coursework will introduce students to the basic principles of the art and technique of costume design, and execution of a range of techniques and processes. Application of principles in renderings for specific theatrical, musical theatre and dance works through extensive hands-on applications.
Production Studio: An experiential collaborative component for the theatre/dance major. Set within a faculty directed project or production, the student participates in research, dialogue and the underpinnings of producing work.
Design II: Scenography: Taught as Independent Study. An exploratory study of performance design: scenery, costuming, sound, and/or lighting. Coursework will develop a student's individual approach to design and practical problem-solving for live performance with an emphasis on the function of design and aesthetics for the performing arts.
Theatre History II: A study of the development of the modern theatre, its drama, and its stage crafts, from 1850 through the present, with reading of numerous representative plays.
Independent Study/ Directed Readings: Patterning and Draping.
Living Lives that Matter: Vocation, Self and Service: This course is designed to help students connect their own gifts, talents, and vocation with the needs of the world. The course begins with an on-campus week of readings and discussion. The classes will introduce students to the major concepts of community, service, compassion, social justice, social change, leadership, and vocation. The second week of the course will be an intensive service experience in the Twin Cities in order to allow students to address a specific need such as homelessness. During the last week, students will return to campus for further readings, discussion, and reflection in order to incorporate their service experience into an understanding of their own vocation in relation to the needs they witnessed and addressed. The final week will also introduce students to opportunities for service in the Decorah community.
Design Expo: Costume Designs for Woody Guthrie’s American Song- March 2016
Design Expo: Costume Designs for La Dispute- March 2014
Design Expo: Costumes Designs for The Assemblage Point- March 2013
Design Expo: Digital Costume Designs for Spring Awakening – March 2012
Design Expo: Costume Designs for The Servant of Two Masters – March 2011
Presented with student Matthew Imhoff
Presenter/Moderator, Panel: Designing Costumes for Dance – March 2011
Design Expo: Costume Designs for The Rainmaker- March 2010
Costume Poster Session: Paper as Fabric (Paper Weight)- March 2009
Design Exhibit: Costume Designs from Reign- March 2009
Costume Poster Session: Electroluminescent Costumes- March 2008
Presenter, Panel Discussion: Early Morning Teaching Methods- March 2008
Design Expo: Costume Designs from The Boy Who Fell Into a Book- March 2008
Presenter, Panel Discussion: Theatre and Dance Programs- August 2007