Costume Shop Supervisor — Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance
I am the Costume Shop Supervisor for the Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance. I am a costume designer and technician in all things costumes (and props). I received my BA in Theatre and a BA in Sociology from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina. I attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale for my MFA in Costume Design and Technology with a secondary in Scenic Design.
I have taught several courses in technology and presented as a guest artist or lecturer in many courses involving theatre history, periods and styles of fashion and architecture, Dramaturgy, UI100, Stage Makeup, and Costume Construction. I am an "Certified Organizational Specialist", which comes in handy while trying to keep the shop, and the shows, organized and running smoothly. I was part of the Design team for "An American Hero", a musical that was written, developed and produced by the department and we traveled to perform the show in an off-broadway theatre festival in NYC by which we received many awards.
I am currently a volunteer at The Glenn House, working with the Historical Association of Greater Cape Girardeau. I am also on the board for BlackLight Community, a non-profit organization supporting people of color in the arts which was founded by students within in the Conservatory.