One of the most comprehensive programs in the country, graduate costume technology trains drapers and shop managers for professional theatre companies. It has two resident faculty members whose work is complemented by costume design faculty. Students are required to take costume design and shop management courses in addition to three full years of costume technology. For the 12 to 16 productions each year, students may spend more than 20 hours a week in lab classes in which costumes are built.
Costume technology emphasizes construction technique, problem-solving, shop organization, and management, including the use of computers for costume stock inventory and shop records.. In the final year of the MFA program, the thesis requirement includes serving as shop manager for one full term as well as acting as lead draper for one or more shows. Students are given considerable production experience, working in five completely different state-of-the-art theatrical spaces on many fully staged productions each year. The program enables the student to graduate with an impressive portfolio of renderings and photography of realized designs.
Bill Brewer, Director of the Costume Design and Technology Program, Costume Design Faculty: Bio e-mail
Pam Knourek, Costume Technology Faculty, Costume Shop Manager: Bio e-mail
Kjersten Lester-Moratzka, Costume Technology Faculty: Bio e-mail
Dina Perez, Visiting Costume Faculty: Bio e-mail