I have been very busy the past few years! With most of my time spent working full time as the staff draper at Rutgers University, I also freelance when time permits.
I have been working with the Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School, in Bridgewater, NJ, as their resident costume designer for their theater department. It the past 5 years, I have designed the costumes for 7 shows, (musicals and straight plays) for their drama department, with director Joe Mancuso. It's been a very fruitful and fulfilling collaboration!
For the past 3 years I have taught the Draping I class at Mason Gross to the costume design and technology BFA students. Teaching is a passion of mine, so I am glad to teach when there is room in the schedule. I've also taught other classes here and there. To name a few:
- "Costume II" class at Brooklyn College, to their BFA/MFA costume design students.
- "Costume Construction" class here at Rutgers, taken by BFA I students in their first semester.
- "Theater Practice," an intro to costumes and sewing class, taught to BA/BFA students at Rutgers.
I hope to continue to teach in the future!
Another frequent freelance opportunity has been taking on commissioned draped/tailored work for summer stock theaters and opera companies! I've had the pleasure to work with astounded costume designers such as Andrea Lauer, Court Watson, Erik Teague, and Lynly Saunders, to name a few, at such esteemed companies as Glimmerglass Opera, Red Bull Theater, ZACH Theatre, and The Wolf Trap Opera!
That's all for now! Please check back to the "Draping" and "Tailoring" tabs for selections of work from the past few years!