Associate Professor / Coordinator of Design and Technology — Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance
Amber is a costume and scenic designer and production manager whose current academic practice includes digital textile design and digital design rendering. Her book, Digital Design for Custom Textiles: Patterns as Narration for Stage and Film (2018) is available through Focal Press.
She received her BA in Theatre from the University of Michigan-Flint where she was an actor as well as a student of design. Upon graduation, Amber worked as a professional actor and resident artist at Flint Youth Theatre before attending Michigan State University's Department of Theatre for an MFA in Production Design with a focus in Costumes and Scenic Design. While at Michigan State University, Amber taught a variety of design coursework and was the recipient of a graduate degree completion fellowship to study fashion history in Europe.
A nominee for the Zelma H. Weisfeld USITT Costume Design and Technology Award, her regional design credits include The New York Musical Festival (NYMF), Manhattan Repertory Theatre (NYC), North Dakota Shakespeare Festival, McLeod Summer Playhouse (IL), The Black Hills Playhouse (SD), The Ohio Light Opera (OH), The Performance Network, Tipping Point Theatre, Williamston Theatre, Flint Youth Theatre (MI), Collaborations of Merit and many academic institutions. In addition, she has worked as a design assistant/technician in NYC and around the country, including stitching costumes for the Tony Award winning The King and I at Lincoln Center Theatre.
Amber is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, Southeast Theatre Conference (SETC) and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT).