A Costume Designer for 25 Years: Made Wigs, All Kinds of Crafts Projects, Taught Sewing, Dying

Work History


Ithaca Coffee Co. I

November 2007 - June 2013

• Receive, keep books & file for all three stores using Counterpoint 7, SQL, & QuickBooks.
• Manage Rewards loyalty program.
• Customer service, receptionist.
• Initiated, developed (and revised on a regular basis) a staff handbook for both Ithaca Coffee stores--giving new people a reference guide during training and keeping older employees updated when procedures change.

Clerk and bookkeeper

Ithaca Coffee Co. I

September 2006 - November 2007

Wine & Spirits
• Clerked, stocked inventory, kept records, and filed.
• Received, kept books for all three stores.
• Created and developed Procedure Handbooks for employees, updating as needed.

Small Business Owner

It's a Cinch

• Designed and managed small retail business
• Developed business plan and acquired necessary large equipment.
• Designed and constructed 100+ outerwear corsets and sculptural fabric pieces.
• Displayed and sold corsets at Farmer's Market in Ithaca and various summer festivals.

Senior Lecturer, Resident Costume Designer

Cornell University

Supervised and maintained costume budgets ($200-$15,000 per production), schedules, and work loads of four staff and students (five work study and 10-15 beginning students) while shop manager, costume designer (3 designs/year), and faculty member (5 classes/year).
Multi-tasking a cinch.
• Developed and taught Freshman Writing Seminar three semesters.
• Developed and taught three courses, designed three productions each year.
• Developed and taught first corset construction class at Cornell.
• Mentored students in Production Design and Independent Studies: one-two
students each semester.
• Worked on Theatre Arts Department Curriculum Committee as well as several
play selection and search committees.
• Organized and chaired several guest workshops.

English/Drama Teacher

Watertown High School

• Designed and taught English, Drama, and Mixed Media classes - four classes a day, approximately thirty students per class.
• Worked on English Department curriculum committee.
• Directed two plays each year; supervised all production elements - lights,
sound, costumes, set, and publicity.
• Originated children's theatre company Dream Weavers that toured area schools
- supervising and building set, costumes, lights; arranging for transportation and acquiring performance dates.

Asst. Professor/Costume Shop Manager/Designer

West Virginia University

• Taught basic costume construction and theatrical makeup classes
• Managed work study and grad students and all aspects of work load in shop and at rehearsals.
• Assisted and supervised construction of four productions each year - dance and and theatre.
• Designed and constructed one production each year.

Costume Shop Manager/Designer

Smith College

Same as above.

Teaching Assistantship

University of Iowa

• Graduated with MFA in Speech and Dramatic Art
• Designed and taught Theatre Crafts class two years.
• Designed and constructed costumes for eighteen main stage productions.
• Nominated for Ehringer Outstanding Teacher Award.

Founding Member/Costume Designer/Shop Manager

Old Creamery Theatre Company

Helped introduce live, professional theater to smaller, disadvantaged
communities in Iowa.
• Assisted with grant applications, fund-raising activities.
• Assisted with renovation of old creamery into professional touring theatre co.
• Researched and selected stories and songs for upwards of forty children's
theatre productions.
• Researched, designed, and constructed costumes and set for three to six
plays each year.
• Designed and executed commissioned fiber piece for Iowa Arts Council.
• Freelanced commissioned work in Fiber Sculpture and Wearable Art.


upwards of 200 theatre productions

All kinds of skills involved. Primary: supervising sewing, patterning for costumes and costume props--even made a severed head for the Scottish play. Other skills: dying, printing, fabric modification, wig design & styling, and construction. Also experienced in footwear, millinery, accessories.

Qualifications & Certifications

Dartmouth College


University of Northern Iowa


University of Northern Iowa


University of Iowa

Biological Illustration, Natural Resources

Cornell University

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