Pamela L. Knourek
Costume Technology Faculty (2002)
Costume Technology, Costume Shop Manager, Costume Fundamentals, Production
Pam has a B.A. in Drama/Speech (’88) from Clarke College (now Clarke University) in Dubuque, IA, and an M.F.A. in Costume Technology (’91) from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She worked as the Costume Workroom Manager for The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN for seven years, and at the Santa Fe Opera, also for seven years. While at Santa Fe, she was part of the management team, serving as Costume Workroom Supervisor, Costume Shop Coordinator and Costume Apprentice Supervisor. Professionally she has managed costume builds for such designers as Desmond Heeley, Devon Painter, Patricia Zipprodt, Martin Pakledinaz, Paul Tazewell, Jess Goldstein, Gabriel Berry, Adelle Lutz, Marina Draghici, David C. Woolard, John Conklin, David Zinn, Allen Moyer, Keith Lewis, Susan E Mickey, Susan Hilferty and Catherine Zuber.
Pam has worked in education as a Costume Design Guest Faculty Member at Clarke College and as the Costume Director at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities Campus) where she was nominated into “Who’s Who Among American Teachers 2001”. She also serves as a frequent guest lecturer in topics such as Costume Shop Management, Time Management, Portfolio and Resume Development, and Interviewing Skills. Her experience also includes work with art departments on films such as Field of Dreams, Sleeping With the Enemy, House of Cards, Betsy’s Wedding, Medea’s Family Reunion, Meet the Browns, and Medea Goes to Jail. As a stylist in the commercial industry, Pam has promoted such products as Lee Jeans and Bud Light. In television she worked on the PBS mini-series The Civil War-The North Carolina Story, as the Costume and Wig and Make-up Coordinator. When working as a Costume Designer, Pam has most recently designed You Never Know for The Grand Marias Playhouse 40th Anniversary season. Pam has also jumped in “industrially” and worked with companies like Advance Auto Body and Cannon Copier as a member of their business theatre production team.
Pam has been an active member of USITT since 1988 and was the co-chair of the Costume Design/Tech Portfolio Review for three of the national conventions. She has also assisted with three summer intensive symposiums and was a member of The Costume Commission Steering Committee, as well as the proud faculty sponsor of the Student USITT Chapter here at UNCSA. She loves theater with a heart and was a founding member of the board for Outward Spiral Theater Co. in Minneapolis, MN. She has also recently joined the board of Peppercorn Children’s Theatre here in Winston-Salem, NC., and has served as the past president of the board for The Adam Foundation, also in Winston- Salem.