Theatre and Drama 619:
Costuming for High School or Community Theatre Production
with Gail Brassard
About this Course: Our course, Costuming for High School or Community Theatre Production, gives students an opportunity to learn from our professionals about the practice of costuming. This is an excellent way to gain real experience in preparation for a creative job you pursue after college!
Additionally, we specifically had high school English / drama teachers and community theatre directors in mind when we created this course. We hope you’ll join us this summer!
June 26 –
Meet Your Professor
Associate Professor of Costume Design, Head of MFA Costume Design Program,
Gail joined the Faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2002 with previous experience as the Adjunct Instructor in Theatre Arts at Marymount Manhattan College and Guest Instructor, Costume Design II at Rutgers University.
Gail designed the costumes for the long-running Off-Broadway hit, ALTAR BOYZ, for which she received a Henry Hewes Design Award nomination. She shared in the 2005 Emmy Award to the creative team for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Concert production of Sondheim’s PASSION on PBS, which starred Tony winners Patti LuPone, Audra MacDonald and Michael Cerveris. She designed the concert presentations of SWEENEY TODD, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC and PASSION for the Ravinia Festival, CANDIDE in concert for the San Francisco Symphony, and the Emmy Award-winning SWEENEY TODD IN CONCERT for PBS. She has designed four productions of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, receiving a Joseph Jefferson Nomination for the Northlight Theatre (Chicago) production, and designed the acclaimed OTHELLO for Shakespeare and Company in Massachusetts in 2008, which was remounted in 2009. Other design work includes: Broadway: THE MISER and TAKING STEPS: Off-Broadway: VISITING MR. GREEN with Eli Wallach, City Center Encores’ PAL JOEY, the premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, CHILDRENS LETTERS TO GOD, THE WAITING ROOM at the Vineyard, Arthur Miller’s THE AMERICAN CLOCK at the Signature Theatre, and over 100 regional and LORT productions. She has designed extensively in NYC for network, cable and daytime television, most recently, the concert special “BELL’ ARIA live from LAS VEGAS “ for PBS. Other recent projects include and CRIME AND PUNISHMENT for the Chester (MA) Theatre Company and MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS for Madison’s own Forward Theatre. Three-times nominated for the American Theatre Wing/ Henry Hewes Design Awards, her favorite design assignment was the 300 costumes for performers and animals for the 124th edition of RINGLING BROS. and BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS. In addition to her design credits, she authored the chapter on famed film and stage costume designer Irene Sharaff in “LATE AND GREAT, American Designers 1960-2010” published in 2010 by the USITT.
She received her MFA in Stage Design from Brandeis University and her BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. An active member of United Scenic Artists local 829, she served five years on the board of the Eastern region. (source)