Resume

Resume of Tara Maginnis, Costume Designer/Professor, current to November 2017

Tara Maginnis, Ph.D. COSTUME DESIGNER

 415 272-5157 cell 415 479-3157 home   tara@costumes.org

749 Beechnut Court San Rafael CA 94903-3159

Online Portfolio: http://taramaginnis.com

Website: “The Costumer’s Manifestohttp://costumes.org

EDUCATION:  

Ph.D. in Theatre, University of Georgia, Dissertation: Fashion Shows, Strip Shows, and Beauty Pageants: The Theatre of the Feminine Ideal, 1991.

M.A. in Theatre, California State University, Fresno. Thesis: Costume Crafts Instruction Manual, 1985. Gold Key Honor Society.

B.A. in History, San Francisco State University, Magna Cum Laude, 1981. Work done also at College of Marin `76-78, AGS Honor Society.

Certified Online Instructor, Walden Institute, Certificate 2000.

California Community College Lifetime Credential – Theatre Arts

Faculty development Courses I have taken:  Semester long classes in Multimedia for Theatre, Adobe Photoshop, Eskimo Skin Sewing, and Conversational Russian I & II, Short courses in Costume Rendering with the Computer, Grant Writing, and Museum Conservation Techniques for Textiles, multi-part adult ed classes in Adobe InDesign and Dreamweaver, plus workshops in Dyeing and Altering Feathers, Website building for the Classroom, Online Teaching, Corset making, Lace making, Voice-Over Acting, etc.  Attend and present at CGW’s Costume College conference annually to keep up with new tools and skills.

TEACHING:  

Instructor, Diablo Valley College, 2009-Present: Currently teaching Introduction to Costume Design, & Beginning Stage Makeup classes.  Also originated a new team taught course on Costume Rendering (with Art Department drawing teacher) in 2015.  Supervise Basic Stagecraft students in the costume studio. See also Design section. 

Professor, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, 2005- 2007,  Associate Professor 1997-2005, Assistant Professor 1990-97: Theatre Department Chair 1992-93, 2000-2002, 2005-6, CLA Excellence in Teaching Award 2005-2006, Taught two courses per semester among Costume Design and Construction, Theatre Make-up, Advanced Topics in Costume Design and Construction, History of Fashion and Dress, Russian Costume History, Theatre History II, Movies and Film, Theatre Appreciation, Art/Music/Theatre: Aesthetic Appreciation.   Many semesters I also took on Independent studies such as Advanced Theatre Make-up, Dyeing and Painting for the Theatre, Millinery, American Theatre History, and Native American Skin Sewing, I was also Supervisor/Teacher of the Theatre Practicum students in the Costume area. Faculty Adviser, Student Drama Association, 1991-2, 1993-4, 1995-6, 1996-2000, 2002-2005. Served as Alaskan coordinator for UAF’s American Russian Theatre (ART) program in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Assistant to the Russian Coordinator while in Russia during the summers of 1992 &1993. Guest Artist at Theatre Terra Mobile, Russia, 1994-5. Faculty Senate 1993, 1996-7. Chair, Faculty Appeals and Oversight Committee 1999-2000, Vice chair of same 1998-1999, Scholarly Affairs Committee, 1992-93. Core Curriculum Review Committee 1996-98, Faculty Service Committee 1996-97, Faculty Development Committee 1996-97. UA-AAUP/AFT Representative Assembly Member 1999-2001. UA-AAUP/AFT Communications Committee member 2001-04.

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, 1988-89: Costume Design and Construction, and Theatre Costume History. Hired as Costume designer and Costume shop manager (now two separate jobs) for a four-show season, plus teaching two classes.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Georgia, 1985-87: Fall 1986: two sections of 30 students, Winter 1987: two sections of 30 students, and Spring 1987: one section of 30 students, all of Appreciation of World Drama, also assisted Costume Shop Manager during 1985-86 in supervising work of Theatre Practicum lab students.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, California State University, Fresno, 1983-85: Assisted in the teaching of Costume History, Advanced Costume Crafts, and Introduction to Technical Theatre, wrote the Lab Manual for Advanced Costume Crafts class as M.A. Project.

DVD ROMS:

Theatrical Makeup Design Interactive, 2007, 13 part 4 disk interactive DVD teaching series on Theatrical makeup design and application.  Main on-screen talent, sole writer, and DVD co-author along with Kade Mendelowitz. Also available as licensed video for online courses.

WRITING:

Currently engaged in completing a textbook on Costume Design and Construction which I am presently testing on the students of DVC’s Costume Design class.  Current version of text available on request.

Clothes Make the Star: Making the Most of Actor Bodies (virtual soapbox) in The Virtual Costumer v.10 #2 page 37-42- May 2012 “Stepping Off the Stage and Silver Screen” issue of the quarterly journal of the Silicon Web Costumer’s Guild. 

Dreams of a Fairy World in The Virtual Costumer  v.9, #1 page 7-15, February 2011 “Fantasy Costuming” issue of the quarterly journal of the Silicon Web Costumer’s Guild. 

Steampunking Othello in The Virtual Costumer v.8, #2, May 2010, “Steampunk and Gaslamp Costuming” issue” of the quarterly journal of the Silicon Web Costumer’s Guild.  

Shaman Costumes encyclopedia entry in The Encyclopedia of Shamanism, 2004

The Importance of Being Artificial:  Style as Substance in Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” in Theatre Design and Technology, Summer 2002

Assistant Editor and Quarterly Computer Columnist for The Costume Research Journal 2000-2003:

  • Costume Sites on the WWW #1: Favorites, Fall 2000
  • Costume Sites on the WWW #2: Costume Supplies, Winter 2000-2001
  • Costume Sites on the WWW #3: Fetish Costuming, Spring 2001
  • Costume Sites on the WWW #4: Period Pattern Research and Commercial Patterns, Summer 2001
  • Costume Sites on the WWW #5: WWII Resources, Fall 2001
  • Making a Web Site for Your Costume Program #1: Planning and Preparation, Fall 2001
  • Making a Web Site for Your Costume Program #2: Development, Winter 2001-2002
  • Costume Sites on the WWW #6: Masks, Fursuits and Puppet Making, Spring 2002
  • Costume Sites on the WWW #7: Teaching about Costumes, Summer 2002
  • eCRJ Links to Related Topics, (web page links column which supplements the new online PDF version of the Journal) Fall 2002

UAF in house pamphlets: “Sucking Students into Your Web Site” and “Faculty Web Page Tips” 2000.

Faking Fortuny “Delphos” Pleats (with Lorraine Pettit) in Crossthreads Fiber Works Guild Nov. 1998

Published Abstract: “You’ve Got to Have a Gimmick”; Strip Show Costumes and Performer Individuality Costume Society of America Region V Symposium Show Costumes; Dressing and Undressing for the Stage, Las Vegas, October 1996. 

Putting Personality into Portfolios and Resumes in Theatre Design and Technology. Winter 1996.

Russia: Living on $500 a Month in Transitions Abroad, 1995-1996 Educational Travel Planner and Resource Guide Issue, Jul/Aug 1995.

Kiosk Man, (1994): a comedy without words performed jointly by Terra Mobile Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Perpetual Motion Theatre, London, UK, (two professional “Fringe” theatres) in 1995-96, work previewed in St. Petersburg July 1995, opened in London in November 1995 and subsequently toured in England.

The Omnigarment: Putting Design into the Hands of the Actor in Theatre Design & Technology, Spring 1994.

Costume Crafts at 50 Below: The Fairbanks Non Toxic Crafts Cookbook in TD&T, Fall 1994.

A Student’s Guide to Budget Travel Planning in College Monthly February 1994.

Perfumes for the Period Scent in The Lady’s Gallery, July 1994

Freelance Author, October 1994-1995, for The St.Petersburg Press misc. articles: Old and New Rituals at Play; When The Sun Was God” (theatre review), The Coldest Theatre Event in the World, Fashion A-Z at the House of Fashion, The Empress’ Old Clothes and Other Costumes, also, non-professional related articles: Practical Petersburg, Where Cats are Tsars, and Mushroom Magic: Mushroom Hunting at a Russian Dacha, etc. English language newspaper.

The OmniCostume: 32 Ways to a Period Silhouette in USITT Theatre Technology Exhibit 1993 Catalog, catalog for a juried exhibition at USITT.

Native Alaskan Costume Bibliography in The Northwest Drama Journal Spring 1993, Editor and Co-author.

“She Saves Who Sews For Victory”; Home Sewing on the American Home Front in Costume 1992 (The Journal of the Costume Society, U.K.) Juried, international publication, only accepts 7-10 articles yearly from around the world.

Co-editor and contributing author: Connections: The Russian American Theatre Journal Summer ’92, journal for now defunct UAF program.

Quicker Corsetry in Theatre Crafts, October 1990.

Stereographs as a Resource in Costume History in TD&T, Spring 1987.

Library Costume Resources: A Supplement in USITT Newsletter, April 1987 

 CONFERENCE PAPERS, WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS AND DEMOS:  

“Rigging Onstage Instant Costume Changes for Magical Effects” Costume College 2016, Lecture with live demo, Warner Center, CA, 2016 

“Instant Costume Changes for Magical Effects” & “Photographing Portfolio-Worthy Makeup Shots in a Badly Lit Basement” two Lecture/Demonstrations, KCACTF Region VII Conference, Denver, CO, 2016

“More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Hot Glue” Costume College 2015, Warner Center, CA, 2015

 “Costume Accessories from Dollar Store Parts” & “Beginning Thermoplastics for Costuming” two Lecture/Demonstrations, Costume College 2014, Warner Center, CA.

“40+ Weird Methods for Making & Embellishing Costumes and Accessories” Lecture/Demonstration, Costume College 2013, Warner Center, CA, 2013.

 “Evil Mutant Fairy Plastics” an all- day series of 5 workshops: “Breaking All the Rules”, “Torquing Tyvek”, “Electric Wigs”, “Warped Wings”, and “Creepy Claws”, Costume College 2012, Warner Center, CA. 

Distressing Costumes, DVC Drama public workshop, 2009, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA.

 Fantasy Makeup Workshop: Fairies & Vampires, Greater Bay Area Costumer’s Guild, 2009, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA.

 Metal Finishes for Steampunk Costuming, and Banyans, Costume College 2009, Van Nuys, CA.

 Techniques of Theatrical Makeup Before 1920, (lecture and demo) Costume Con 26, San Jose, CA 2008.

Costume Rendering for the Drawing Impaired (“Limited” workshop), Drag Glamour Makeup Techniques for Girls, and Boys Who Want to Be, (demo), Aged Character Makeup for Masquerades, (demo), and an improved version of Techniques of Theatrical Makeup Before 1920, Costume College 2008, Van Nuys, CA.

Guest Lecturer on 1890-1914 Clothing and Sex and Shoes for the Fashion and Textiles program at CSU Sacramento, CA 2007 

Photographing Costumes for your Portfolio and Publication (lecture-demo) at Costume College 2004, August, Van Nuys, CA. 

Putting Your Costume Program on the WWW (Multimedia Presentation) The United States Institute for Theatre Technology Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA, March 2001 also The History of Fashion and Dress Online (Poster Presentation)

Costume Resources Online (on Panel) at Costume College 2000, June, Van Nuys, CA.

Multimedia in Theatre Education (multimedia presentation with Kade Mendelowitz) at The United States Institute for Theatre Technology Conference, March 2000, Denver, CO.  Also Seven Steps to Putting your Costume Shop Online (Poster Presentation) .

Magic Garments; Costumes for Ritual, Onstage and Off International Costumer’s Guild Conference, Costume Con 15, Baltimore, MD, May 1997. Also, workshop demonstrating Construction of Hats of the 1920’s, and leader of panel of professional/academic costumer’s on Designing a Work Environment That Induces Artistic Creativity.

Tara’s Cheap Tricks for Faculty Web Page Design a web based presentation done for the Second Annual TCC-L Online Conference, 1997. For more on this, see web page design.

You’ve Got to Have a Gimmick”; Strip Show Costumes and Performer Individuality Costume Society of America Region V Symposium Show Costumes; Dressing and Undressing for the Stage, Las Vegas, NV, October 1996.

Fabric Painting for Theatre Design, and Convertible Costumes, Costume Con 14, Seattle, WA, May 1996. Also appeared in the panel Writing for Publication.

Transformation: The Stripper as Sexual Ideal, UCLA Burlesque Conference, March 14, 1993, Los Angeles, CA. Also, panel member: Representations of Women in Burlesque. First national conference on the subject, invited as paid presenter.

Theatre Education in the USA: The Liberal Arts Model, White Hall Seminars on Artistic Administration, 1992, The White Hall, Committee on Culture, St. Petersburg, Russian Republic.

 Tuma: Adapting Alaska Native Costume for the Stage, and Resumes, Portfolios, and Job Hunting in a Free Market Theatre, and Theatre UAF: University Theatre in the USA, The Russian American Theatre Conference, 1992, St.Petersburg, Russian Republic.

 The Non-Toxic Costume Shop, Northwest Drama Conference, Moscow, ID, 1992.

Alaska Native Costume and Why Actors Hate Costumers and Vice Versa NWDC, 1991, La Grande, OR.

Painting Dyeing and Distressing Indoors in Alaska: Non-Toxic Costume Crafts Processes for Unventilated Spaces, and The Costumer and Kinko’s: Uses for Xeroxing and Other Media Services in Costume Design, Construction, and Research, NWDC, 1989, Anchorage, AK.

Fashion Films: Fashion Newsreels 1905-1987, Costume Society of America, Region IV Annual Conference, 1987, Palm Beach, FL.

Use of Tailoring Manuals to Date Men’s Garments, and Writing a Research Paper in Costume History, guest lectures in the Textile Merchandising and Interiors Department, UGA, Athens, GA, 1986. 

Hoopskirts as a Liberating Influence on Women in the 19th Century, guest lecture in the Humanities Department, SFSU, San Francisco, CA, 1981.

COSTUME DESIGNS:

The Mystery of Edwin Drood Diablo Valley College Dir. Lisa Drummond 2017
Titus Andronicus Diablo Valley College Dir. Nicole Hess-Diestler 2017
You Can’t Take It With You Diablo Valley College Dir. Ryan Weible 2017
Hairspray Diablo Valley College Dir. Lisa Drummond 2016
Clybourne Park Diablo Valley College Dir. Kathleen Normington 2016
The Laramie Project Contra Costa College Dir. Angelina LaBarre 2016
Almost, Maine Diablo Valley College Dir. Nicole Hess-Diestler 2016
Into The Woods Diablo Valley College Dir. Lisa Drummond 2015
Oedipus el Rey   Diablo Valley College Dir. Ed Trujillo 2015
Picasso at the Lapin Agile Diablo Valley College Dir. Ryan Weible 2015
Taming of the Shrew Diablo Valley College Dir. Kathleen Normington 2015
The Wedding Singer Diablo Valley College Dir. Lisa Drummond 2014
Six Degrees of Separation Diablo Valley College Dir. Will Springhorn 2014
Noises Off Diablo Valley College Dir. Ed Trujillo 2014
Hamlet Diablo Valley College Dir. Nicole Hess-Diestler 2013
Zombie Prom Diablo Valley College Dir. Lisa Drummond 2013
All in the Timing Diablo Valley College Dir. Nicole Hess-Diestler 2013
Richard III Diablo Valley College Dir. Beth McBrien 2013
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Diablo Valley College Dir. Lisa Drummond 2013
The Grapes of Wrath Diablo Valley College Dir. Ed Trujillo 2012
Tartuffe Diablo Valley College Dir. Beth McBrien 2012
The Crucible Diablo Valley College Dir. Ken Hein 2012
The Skriker Diablo Valley College Dir. Ed Trujillo 2012
Romeo & Juliet Diablo Valley College Dir. Nicole Hess-Diestler 2011
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot Diablo Valley College Dir. Nicole Hess-Diestler 2011
Alice in Wonderland Diablo Valley College Dir. Ed Trujillo 2011
The Comedy of Errors Diablo Valley College Dir. Beth McBrien 2011
Cabaret Diablo Valley College Dir. Ryan Weible 2010
Betty’s Summer Vacation Diablo Valley College Dir. Will Springhorn 2010
Othello Diablo Valley College Dir. Ed Trujillo 2010
On the Razzle Diablo Valley College Dir. Nicole Hess-Diestler 2010
Urinetown Diablo Valley College Dir. Ryan Weible 2009
Midsummer Night’s Dream Diablo Valley College Dir. Nicole Hess-Diestler 2009
The Fantasticks Diablo Valley College Dir. Ken Hein 2009
Frankenstein Diablo Valley College Dir. Ed Trujillo 2008
The Celebration & Clash of American Cultures      Diablo Valley College Dir. Ed Trujillo & others 2008
Rumors Diablo Valley College Dir. Beth McBrien 2008
Picnic Theatre UAF, Fairbanks, AK Dir. Lee Salisbury 2007
Waiting for Godot Theatre UAF Dir. Anatoly Antohin 2006
Theatre UAF Wearable Art Fashion Show Theatre UAF Dir. Tara Maginnis & Carrie Baker 2006
Oedipus Rex Theatre UAF Dir. Anatoly Antohin 2005
“Four Farces and a Funeral”- (The Wedding, The Bear, The Marriage Proposal, Smoking is Bad for You, The Death of Chekhov) Theatre UAF Dir. Anatoly Antohin 2005
Costumes and Edible Hats worn by performers as the “catering” for the opening of my Solo Gallery Show at the UAF Art Gallery. 2DCostumes: Costume Design Renderings by Tara Maginnis, 2005.
Theatre UAF Wearable Art Fashion Show Theatre UAF Dir. Tara Maginnis & student directors 2004
Taming of the Shrew Theatre UAF Dir. Anatoly Antohin 2004
Water Stealers (Film) Alien Creature Makeup & Costume Design only Multimakers/

Theatre UAF

Dir. Kade Mendelowitz 2004
The Bear UAF Student Drama Association Dir. Charlie Pierce 2004
Kartasi Theatre UAF Dir. Thomas Riccio 2003
Don Juan Theatre UAF Dir. Anatoly Antohin 2003
Winter Shorts: Cop-Out, Panic in the Time of an Insecure God, Scenes from Mother Courage UAF Student Drama Association Various 2003
The Possessed Theatre UAF Dir. Anatoly Antohin 2003
Lysistrata Theatre UAF Dir. Thomas Riccio 2002
Les Liaisons Dangereuses Theatre UAF Dir. Anatoly Antohin 2002
Touch Theatre UAF Dir. Thomas Riccio 2002
Yahoo Nation Theatre UAF Dir. Thomas Riccio 2001
Hamlet Dreams Theatre UAF Dir. Anatoly Antohin 2001
Alice in Wonderland Theatre UAF Dir. Thomas Riccio 2001
“Two by Fornes” – (The Successful Life of 3,

Mud)

Theatre UAF Dir. Thomas Riccio 2001
The Importance of Being Earnest Theatre UAF Dir. Anatoly Antohin 2000
Twelfth Night Theatre UAF Dir. Anatoly Antohin 2000
Miss Julie Theatre UAF Dir. Tracy Campbell 2000
The Stronger Theatre UAF Dir. Fletcher Hirom 2000
We Three Queens, (Drag Xmas show, co-designed with cast) KlonDykes, Queens & Co. (Fairbanks, AK)   1999
Alice in Wonderland Theatre UAF Dir. Kade Mendelowitz 1999
The Three Sisters Theatre UAF Dir. Anatoly Antohin 1999
The Mikado Theatre UAF/Opera UAF Dir. Anatoly Antohin/John Hopkins 1999
The Magic Flute Theatre UAF/Opera UAF Dir. Thomas Riccio/John Hopkins 1998
Fish in a Tree Theatre UAF Dir. Anatoly Antohin 1998
Laughter on the 23rd Floor Theatre UAF Dir. Angela Brownfield 1998
70 Scenes from Halloween Theatre UAF Dir. Thomas Riccio 1998
The Grand Tarot UAF Student Drama Association Dir. Jason Chapman 1997
The Threepenny Opera Theatre UAF/Opera UAF Dir. Thomas Riccio 1997
Gypsy Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre Dir. 1997
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Theatre UAF Dir. Anatoly Antohin 1997
The Bacchae Theatre UAF Dir. Thomas Riccio 1997
The Second Coming (Drag Xmas show, co-designed with student and shop manager) KlonDykes, Queens & Co. (Fairbanks, AK)   1997
Pffluft, The Little Ghost Theatre Parijh, St. Petersburg, Russia Dir. Nina Yevdokimova 1997
Reckless Theatre UAF Dir. Anatoly Antohin 1996
The Island Theatre UAF Dir. Anatoly Antohin 1996
The Mystery of Edwin Drood Theatre UAF Dir. Gordon Hedahl 1996
Naam/Gen Eehu Tuma Theatre (AK Native Theatre) Dir. Thomas Riccio 1996
The Stoned Guest, The 614th Commandment, The Old Maid and the Thief, The Bridge, The Abduction of Europa, Opera Scenes, Ariadne Abandoned, and The Liberation of Theseus UAF Opera Workshop

 

Dir. John Hopkins

 

1991-1996
The Comedy of Errors Theatre UAF Dir. Thomas Riccio 1995
Guys & Dolls Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre Dir. Peggy MacDonald Ferguson 1995
The Bell that Rang for Itself Theatre Parijh, St. Petersburg, Russia Dir. Nina Yevdokimova 1995
Kiosk Man Theatre Terra Mobile (Russia) / Perpetual Motion (UK) Dir. Vadim Mikheenko 1995
Out of Darkness Theatre Terra Mobile (Russia) Dir. Vadim Mikheenko 1995
The Glass Menagerie Theatre UAF Dir. Anatoly Antohin 1995
Fighting Over Beverly Fairbanks Drama Assiciation   1995
Scenes from The Seagull The State Theatre Interstudio, St. Petersburg, Russia Dir. Roman Vindermin 1994
Night (Beijing opera short) The State Theatre Interstudio, St. Petersburg, Russia   1994
The Inspector General, AK Theatre UAF Dir. Anatoly Antohin 1992
Cabaret Theatre UAF Dir. Sunny Smith 1993
The Velveteen Rabbit Theatre UAF Dir. Ravonna Martin 1993
Jesus Christ Superstar Theatre UAF Dir. Sandra Wolf 1993
The Eagle’s Gift Tuma Theatre (AK Native Theatre) Dir. Thomas Riccio 1993
Noises Off Theatre UAF Dir. Gordon Hedahl 1993
You Can’t Take It With You Theatre UAF Dir. Thomas Riccio 1992
The Actor’s Nightmare (Dual Language Production) Russian -American Theatre (St. Petersburg) Dir. Anatoly Antohin 1992
Grease (co-design with 5 advanced costume students) Theatre UAF   1992
Much Ado about Nothing Theatre UAF Dir. Thomas Riccio 1991
Woyzek Theatre UAF Dir. Anatoly Antohin 1991
Frankenstein Theatre UAF Dir. Anatoly Antohin 1991
Qayaq the Magical Man Tuma Theatre (AK Native Theatre) Dir. Thomas Riccio 1991
Ubu Roi Theatre UAF Dir. Thomas Riccio 1990
A Russian Christmas Tale Theatre UAF Dir. Anatoly Antohin 1990
Of Mice and Men Theatre UAF Dir. Lee Salisbury 1989
Marat/Sade Theatre UAF Dir. Thomas Riccio 1989
As You Like It Theatre UAF Dir. Lee Salisbury 1988
Curse of the Starving Class Theatre UAF Dir. Thomas Riccio 1988
The Comedy of Errors University of Georgia   1987
The Marriage Proposal Georgia Resident Acting Company   1986
Lord Byron’s Love Letter Georgia Resident Acting Company   1986
The Romancers Georgia Resident Acting Company   1985
Behind The Painted Grin Portable Dance Troupe, Fresno, CA   1985
Forms of Heaven Portable Dance Troupe, Fresno, CA   1984
West Side Story California State University Fresno   1984
True West California State University Fresno   1983
Paint Your Wagon Joaquin Miller Theatre, Oakland   1983
Little Me! Joaquin Miller Theatre, Oakland   1983
The Real Inspector Hound Ross Valley Players   1982
The Marriage Proposal Ross Valley Players   1982
10 Little Indians Attic Theatre of San Francisco   1981
Cinderella,  The Little Nut Tree, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, The Dressmaker and the Queen, (school plays) Cobb Elementary School, San Francisco, CA Assorted Directors, including, Carmen Zell & Tara Maginnis 1978-1981
         

WEB PAGE DESIGN:  

The Costumer’s Manifesto (www.costumes.org) Costume Mega site, currently undergoing a conversion to a wiki. It includes the History of Fashion and Dress Online Class, Costume History Time Line, How-To and advice pages, online designs, links, and museum images.

eCRJ in 2001-2002 I advised the USITT Costume Commission about web (html) alternatives to the previous print format of the Costume Research Journal, and developed  an online prototype for presentation to the membership.  I also developed an alternative that used an html links page “eCRJ” that connected to the fall 2002 issue PDF version of the Journal.

College of Liberal Arts UAF Site design for the CLA Dean’s office at UAF1998, long since replaced.

 United Academics-AAUP/AFT Page (1996-1997) Since replaced by professional web designer’s official new page.  Made it possible to pass through our unionization process, plus our first contract in half the time a print revision process would have taken, at NO cost. I was able to post document revisions within hours after they were made, through multiple versions under discussion. This allowed us to meet the State imposed deadlines when the print process was failing to move fast enough, and was costing our Union more than it had.

 Tara’s Cheap Tricks (for Faculty Web Page Design), a site commissioned for the Second Annual TCC-L Online Conference, 1997.  

UAF Summer Fine Arts Camp (1997-1999) 

UAF Film Club (1997-1998) 

Directed two Semesters of Independent Study in Web Page Design for a student 1996-97.

PATTERNING AND CUTTING:  

Directed two Independent Study courses in Pattern Drafting/Draping, 2000-2002.  For a student of Fashion design wishing to prepare a portfolio for entry to FIT.

[In addition to patterning and cutting many of my own shows, I have also cut on the following shows by other designers.]

 DVC, 2009-Present: Blithe Spirit, Fuddy Meers, The View From The Bridge, The Children’s Hour, The Exonerated.

 Fairbanks Drama Association, 2004: Draping and Costume Construction for premiere of new play, Athena.

University of Georgia, 1986: The Pirates of Penzance, A Doll’s House, Six Characters in Search of an Author.

California State University, Fresno, 1983-84: Ring ‘Round The Moon, Picnic, The Iceman Cometh.

Santa Barbara Repertory Theatre, 1984: Man of La Mancha, The Island (Not Fugard’s, but a big cast Ancient Greek thing).

Dominican College, San Rafael, 1983: The Barber of Seville, hired in on Opera.

COSTUME CRAFTS:

Directed an Independent Study in Native American Skin Sewing, 1996: for a Native American Student who wished to learn traditional skin sewing to make a graduation dress.

[In addition to doing crafts on my own shows, I began my costume career as a crafts worker on the shows of others.]

UAF/Tuma Theatre, 1992-94: Agayu, Utetmun, and The Child From the Sea, (masks).

Directed an Independent Study in Millinery, 1993: for seven people (!!!), at UAF.

University of Georgia, 1985: As You Like It.

Houston Children’s Theatre Festival, 1985: Fat Pig (animal and fruit costumes), Jack and the Beanstalk (hats and shoes).

Houston Shakespeare Festival, 1985: Richard III (armor, crowns and misc.), Measure for Measure (hats, ruffs and shoes).

California State University, Fresno, 1983-1984: Medea (belts and goddess cape), The Rose Tattoo (accessories), Taming of the Shrew (plastic jewelry, accessories and hats), White Chicks (accessories).

Contra Costa College, 1983: The Wiz (Tin Man), hired in as crafts expert.

Dominican College of San Rafael, 1981-1982: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (hats, shoes and props), Beauty and the Beast (hats), Pippin (helmets and crown), hired in as crafts expert.

Lucasfilm Ltd., 1981: Return of the Jedi, lowly costume crafts flunky on Major Motion Picture.

Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, 1981: Cymbeline, (hot glue & misc.).

College of Marin, 1976-1977: Dracula, The Marriage of Figaro, Hotel Paradiso, The Merry Wives of Windsor (opera), Romeo And Juliet, The Threepenny Opera, Peter Pan, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, The Mikado (just about everything in crafts).

MAKEUP DESIGN:

Diablo Valley College, 2017: The Mystery of Edwin Drood

 Diablo Valley College, 2010: Cabaret

Student Zombie Movie, UAF, 2006: Makeup design & supervision 

Fairbanks Drama Association, 2005: Dracula 

Water Stealers, 2004: Co-designed Alien Makeup for Interactive DVD Film with Lorraine Pettit. 

UAF Sun-Star, 2004: Halloween issue cover of Sun Star Staff in costume & makeup

The University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1988-Present: The Magic Flute, The Mikado, The Importance of Being Earnest, Lysistrata, Alice in Wonderland, Taming of the Shrew, Oedipus Rex, Kartasi, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Grand Tarot, The Threepenny Opera, The Bacchae, Woyzeck, Mud, The Successful Life of 3, 2004 Wearable Art Fashion Show, Waiting For Godot, Picnic.

CSU Fresno, 1984: Burning Bright

PAINTING AND DYEING:

 Directed an Independent Study course in Dyeing and Painting for the Theatre, 1991: for two students, at UAF.

UA-Fairbanks & Tuma Theatre 1989-1994: Jesus Christ Superstar (spray-dye), As You Like It (dye resist, marbling), Russian Christmas Tale (distressing), Woyzeck (spatter-paint and spray-dye), Much Ado (squiggle paint, spraydye, and tie-dye), Qayaq, Agayu, Child From the Sea, Utetmun, The Eagle’s Gift, The Mikado (hand painting).

University of Georgia, 1986: The Boyfriend (vat dyeing).

CSU-Fresno/Portable Dance Troupe, 1984-1985: Forms of Heaven (airbrushing), Medea (puffpaint).

Dominican College of San Rafael, 1982: Beauty and The Beast (stenciling). 

MUSEUM & DISPLAY WORK:  

2DCostumes: Costume Design Renderings by Tara Maginnis. Solo Gallery Show, UAF Art Gallery, 2005.  On permanent exhibition in the Lee Salisbury Theatre since spring 2007. 

2 Costumes on display in UAF museum show Made in Fairbanks Juried show, Fairbanks, 2003. 

Costumes at Theatre UAF 1988-2001 (exhibited fall 2001) display held in conjunction with the exhibition of materials on display for the UAF University-Wide Assessment.

Theatre UAF Costume History Collection, 1995-2007: Intermittently worked on the project of collecting, organizing and safely storing a 300+ piece study collection of historic costumes 1850-1990 for the use of the History of Fashion and Dress class.

Rassmussen Library “UAF Theatre Arts Collection” 1993-2007 Starting in `93, I began digging up, labeling, and donating items relating to the history of Theatre at UAF; renderings, photographs, posters, tapes, etc. these donations eventually formed a large and organized enough body to get their own section of  the archive, now called the “UAF Theatre Arts Collection”.

Russian American Theatre Conference, 1992: Designed and installed a display of costume and puppet designs by Galina Metelichenko and Almira Ebrigramova in the Baltic House Theatre Center, St. Petersburg, Russia.

UGA College of Home Economics, 1986: Photographed and cataloged all the men’s clothing items in the Costume Collection.

Meux Home Museum, Fresno, California, 1985: Designed and installed an exhibit of antique Edwardian costumes.

Various Costumes on Display, 1991-2003: In UAF Museum exhibit Made in Fairbanks 2002-03, Fairbanks Art Association Wearable Art Fashion Show, 1991 & 1992, in UAF Museum exhibit Art To Wear, 1991, in Ghosts, Phantoms and Other Critters, juried exhibit, at the Artlink Gallery, Illinois, 1992, at  a Juried exhibit at the USITT Convention in 1993, and at the NWDC 1992.

Fine Arts Museums* of San Francisco, 1980: Co-cataloged the entire costume collection of the Museums* with another volunteer, only about 150 items at the time, included dating and photographing most costumes. (*M.H. De Young Memorial Museum/Palace of the Legion of Honor).

Flood Mansion*, 1980: Co-designed and installed an exhibit of 1905-15 costumes from the Fine Arts Museums’ collection, with another volunteer. (*aka Convent of the Sacred Heart).

AWARDS:

  • Excellence in Teaching Award 2005-2006 (UAF, CLA)
  • Marquis Who’s Who, 1999
  • Who’s Who in the West, 1997.
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 1996.
  • 30 assorted web design awards, 1996-2002, including the prestigious Angel of Fashion Award, all for The Costumer’s Manifesto web site.
  • Northwest Drama Conference/KC-ACTF, Special Achievement Award, 1992: For Costume Design for Qayaq, UAF, 1991.
  • Gold Key National Scholar 1985
  • College of Marin, 1977: Annual Drama Department Drama Banquet Costume Award.

Curriculum Development 

2001-2003: Built an online mirror of the course Costume Design and Construction I completed Fall 2003.  All the how-to projects for the class are now online where they are used by costume design and construction teachers all over the country  http://www.costumes.org/classes/254pages/thr254online.htm . 

1999-2001: Created the first online costume course anywhere, The History of Fashion and Dress http://costumes.org/pages/fashiondress/thr355main.htm .

Curriculum Development, UAF, 1992-93: Authored and successfully submitted 7 courses for UAF’s American-Russian Theatre program, improved and updated curriculum and catalog descriptions on 4 existing UAF courses.

MISCELLANEOUS:  

Actress, playing “Jenny” in independent film, Chronic Town,  2008. Grey Jumper Productions, Tom Hines, director. Performed my own stunt, sliding & falling on an icy parking lot repeatedly, on a -20 degree day.

Demo-Model in Costume Lecture, 2006. Middle Class Women’s Dress During the Western Expansion 1850-1914 given by Ann Foster for the Fairbanks Historical Society, at Pioneers Hall. 

Arranged a performance-art wearable-edible art piece, 2005, for my UAF Art Gallery solo exhibit opening, consisting of 14 performers wearing headdresses composed of the canapés that were to be eaten at the opening, wandering among the crowd urging them to eat their decorations.  (They did). 

Judge of 1905-2005 Commemorative Chena Hot Springs Dog Sled Run (Costume Expert) Where participants were judged by a panel of experts, not on speed, but on authentic 1905 Historical Reenactment criteria of harness, sled, camping gear, clothing, food and dogs on a 2 day sled trip from Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs.

Public Lecture on “Costumes in Ancient Greek Theatre” 2005, for UAF lecture series on topics pertaining to Oedipus Rex.

Public Lecture on “Dating and Identifying Family Photographs from Costume Clues” 2004, for the Fairbanks Genealogical Society.

 Day-long Public Workshop on Millinery Techniques, 2004, for the Stitchers of the Last Frontier (Fairbanks Costumer’s Club).

 Mobile Theatre 2001, co-wrote successful Technology Fund grant proposal “The Mobile Theatre” for a compact mobile computerized video editing, hi-definition projecting, and digital camera station on wheels that can be used both for projected parts of our Shows, turning any space into a Smart Classroom, and student filming and editing. 

Organized, Directed and Performed as M.C., 1994, for The Lee Salisbury Theatre Renaming Gala, a full evening fund-raiser variety show using 26 student and community performing groups, including a female barbershop quartet, two feminist performance artists, five full chorus musical numbers and two short ballets.

Performed as Tristan Tzara, 1993: 1993 UAF Dead Writers Conference, reading from his Dada Manifesto 1918, and at Open Stage, read his How to Write a Dada Poem, also guest lectured on Dada for Frank Soos’ class in English.

Professional Stitcher, 1981-83: Wedding dress cutter and stitcher, for store (Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors) selling replica Edwardian wedding gowns out of antique materials.

Costume stitcher, 1981-83, American Conservatory Theatre, The Admirable Crichton, Marin Opera Company, La Cenderillion, Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, Julius Caesar, Taming of The Shrew, The Lamplighters, Utopia, Ltd., Ruddigore, and for Delights and Designs Costume Rentals.

Public Service Assistance to Fairbanks Community, 1990-2007: Regular bi-weekly work providing advice, costume coordination and lending services to Fairbanks community theatres, schools, church theatres, and UAF Faculty and student groups. The costume shop regularly lends out about 1000 items to about 100 groups a year, all selection of which is my direct responsibility. When freight costs are prepaid by the receiver, I have even shipped entire shows, selected by me, to community theatres in Bethel, and Unakleet.

Public Service Workshops 1990-2007: I also regularly gave free public/school workshops on costume and makeup both at UAF and at local schools. In the past this has included operating a fundraising Makeup Booth for KSUA at the State Fair, giving a series of four costume and makeup workshops prior to Halloween, (one at Value Village), and making a presentation on the history of costume in the Ancient World for the entire 5th grade of Ladd School. Since 2009 At DVC I periodically give workshops in Costume Distressing, and Stage makeup, as well as backstage costume tours of costume-heavy shows.        

Co-Archivist for Theatre UAF Included videotaping of all Theatre UAF shows and events for study and archival purposes, and collecting programs, posters, scripts, designs and other paper ephemera for inclusion in the Rassmussen Library “UAF Theatre Arts Collection”.  I also documented all our important costume building activities and Theatre UAF shows in digital photos put on the Web so our students could gather images for their portfolios just by surfing through my site and right-clicking on any photos of themselves or their projects.  This saves them a great deal of time and cash.  I now also document and post photos for all the classes and shows I do at DVC where I work now.

HOBBIES:

Interior design, fashion design, digital and available-light photography, creative writing, computer art, stereo (3-D) photography, video, mycology (mushroom hunting), acrylic painting, beginning conversational Russian. I also trained my cat to jump through a hoop.

SPECIAL SKILLS:

Web site authoring, (familiar with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Firefox, IE, Microsoft Word, GIF Construction Set, Microsoft Publisher, Winsock FTP, Windows, Microsoft Front Page and Photo Works software, have had short courses on Adobe InDesign, Dreamweaver, Premiere and Macromedia Director), draping, flat-patterning, sewing, millinery, foam sculpting, dyeing, distressing, painting, leatherwork, latex casting, acrylic casting, fan covering, muslin and paper mache, Celastic, and Veraform sculpting, crude bird taxidermy, and Eskimo skin sewing.

REFERENCES: (Available on request so I don’t put their email and phone #s online)

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