Kjersten Lester-Moratzka

Costume TechnologySchool of Design and Production

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Kjersten Lester-Moratzka

Alumna Kjersten Lester-Moratzka's teaching style in the Costume Technology program is an extension of the classic apprenticeship model into the modern era. Her goal is to create a classroom environment where students can feel free to jump into the doing. She believes that exposing students to the sheer volume of opportunities during their time at UNCSA sets their training on a level largely unsurpassed in this country. 

Lester-Moratzka tasks her students with taking on leadership roles throughout the production structure, meaning at the time of graduation they are ready to launch their careers with a fuller understanding of how to find their place in the work world.


  • Professional Internships with Desmond Heeley and John Lee Beatty
  • Coursework in garment production at Century College in St. Paul, Minnesota

Career Highlights

  • Principal womens draper, The Santa Fe Opera
  • Freelance draper for a variety of venues such as The Metropolitan Opera and Broadway
  • Working with internationally recognized designers on a regular basis, including: Leslie Travers, Laurent Pelly, Paul Brown, Anne Hould Ward, Jane Greenwood, Tobias Hoheisel, Kevin Knight, Allen Moyer, Martin Pakledinaz, Constance Hoffman, Jon Morrell, Adrian Linford and Tom Ford.
  • Working with internationally renowned Opera singers on a regular basis, including: Susanna Phillips, Susan Graham, Natalie Dessay, Patricia Racette, Christine Brewer, Meredith Arwady, Ana Maria Martinez, Erin Morley, Erin Wall, Ailyn Perez, Heidi Stober, Kelly Kaduce and Michaela Martens.


M.F.A. Costume TechnologyUNC School of the Arts

B.A. History, Art MinorFramingham State College