Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Theatre Arts

Committee Chair(s)

Nancy Hills


Nancy Hills


Shawn Fisher


Darrin Brooks


Dennis Hassan


I started my collegiate career as an art major in 2-D design with the intent that I would be an art director for an advertising agency. I took a costume construction class two years into my major and I promptly left 2-D design for costume design. Costume design is a wonderful combination of my love of art, history, sewing, drawing, design and creating. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to design four different shows during my time at Utah State University. During my time as a costume designer at Utah State University I designed costumes for four productions. In the four plays there were a total of almost 100 costumes designed. 16 were constructed in the costume shop and the rest were purchased, borrowed or pulled from our costume stock. I learned that skills are required when pulling costume pieces from stock. How the elements are combined can transform the piece and give it a new life. In each experience I have had the chance to help tell the stories of the characters on stage by dressing them in a way that they might dress themselves. What would the characters have in their closet? This challenge is one of my favorite aspects of costume design.


This work made publicly available electronically on December 12, 2011.