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For the first time in Summer 2012, the renowned School of Design and Production of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts will offer intensive courses in particular aspects of theatrical design and production. These weeklong workshops are suitable for high school and college students as well as adults. Individuals who are involved in community theatre, and students in drama clubs and drama classes will find here instruction and practice in techniques that are typically not taught in schools or Drama departments of colleges. The millinery course will also be of interest to people interested in making hats for their own use.  

Dates & Cost


Theatrical Millinery

This course is focused on creating theatrical millinery for the stage. The participant will develop and explore a variety of techniques used in creating hats beginning with proper measuring, patterning, building hat bases and frames and covering and finishing. Projects include: soft fabric hats, wire and buckram framed fabric covered hats, pulled buckram and wire framed hats, wire and buckram bonnets. The participant should have basic machine and hand sewing skills.


Bill Brewer, a member of the UNCSA School of Design and Production faculty, has worked professionally as a designer, director and educator for 30 years. With his M.F.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University, Mr. Brewer has designed for theatre, ballet, opera, film and television, both nationally and internationally. Notable productions include Cathy Rigby’s Peter Pan, and Sweeney Todd starring Jean Stapleton, both at San Jose Civic Light Opera. Mr. Brewer has designed for Berkley Repertory Theatre, Berkley Shakespeare Theatre, Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Minnesota Repertory Theatre, The Unicorn Theatre, American Stage, The Waterfront Playhouse and Orlando Repertory Theatre. He has also designed for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, Redwood Empire Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Opera.

Dates & Cost

May 20-25, 2012





Theatrical Millinery
College/Graduate Students/Professional






UNCSA Summer 2012 – Deadlines and Cancellation Policy


Online Registration opens                   January 9

Deadline for International Students      April 1

Priority Registration deadline*              April 25

Payment in full due                               May 1

* Priority Registration guarantees your place in your chosen program. Registrations received after April 25, 2012 are accepted on a case-by-case basis as residence hall space allows.

Space in each program is limited. Registrations received after a program has filled will be placed on a waiting list pending withdrawals.

Cancellation terms

$300 non-refundable deposit due at registration – check or credit card (to pay by credit card call 336.770.1432)

Student withdrawal by May 1: refund of one-half of total paid, less non-refundable deposit

Student withdrawal after May 1: no refunds

In the event a program is cancelled by UNCSA, payments will be refunded in full


Theatrical Millinery Registration