Theater Department gets new costume shop

by Brianna Marshall

A new costume studio is set to open in Coleman Hall by mid-September, just in time for the fall theatre season. The larger, well-lit room, a stark contrast to its cramped predecessor, will provide much needed space for design and fittings.

Paula Davis, associate professor and department chair of theatre and dance, hopes that the studio’s move from the backstage of Harvey Powers Theatre to an accessible academic building will contribute to student involvement and understanding of the many hours of work spent on costumes, lighting, and scenery.

Davis stresses that student participants are “not just theatre majors” and that this new space “demonstrates a commitment to the arts” on the part of the University, and she is hopeful that the costume studio will bring to the forefront the dedicated work and hidden aspects of production.

In celebration of the opening of the new costume studio in Coleman 255, an open house will take place during Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. It will feature a guest appearance and book signing by Eric Hart ’01, MFA and professional prop maker.

Pam Miller, costume shop manager, is excited to being working in the new shop.

“It’s a dream come true,” Miller said.

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