A costume designer is a blend of both artistic and practical skills; I analyze plays, psycho-analyze characters, research periods and events, and use visuals and inspirations, to develop a visual community in which to tell the story. This requires flexibility to explore all manner of choices to arrive at a completed design in a timely, affordable manner. I organize my artistic ventures with a practical, calm, and inspirational hand to motivate both a cast and a costume shop to invest in my vision. My aim is to develop the best show possible within both budgetary and workload constraints. I help an actor discover a character, support an actors’ choices, as well as help the costume shop stay in budget, and effectively move the show through the shop in the designated time slot.
After earning my MFA at the University of Texas at Austin, I worked in regional theaters as a draper, dyer-painter, first hand and design assistant. I moved to New York in 1998 and began my freelance career as a costume design assistant to many award-winning costume designers, including Desmond Heeley, Jess Goldstein, Susan Hilferty, Paul Tazewell, and Andreane Neofitou on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in television, and in opera.
I now design at many major regional theaters across the country, to include the Guthrie Theatre, The Denver Center, Geva Theater Center, Indiana Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and American Players Theatre, to name a few favorites.
For a more complete list of my regional and New York credits, please click on my resume.