costume designer, educator, author


Hello and welcome!

I am currently a Professor of Theatre at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) where I serve the Department of Communication as Associate Chair, and the Division of Theatre and Dance as resident costume designer and costume shop supervisor. I also teach courses in Theatrical Design (Basic and Costume), Stagecraft, Stage Makeup and Theatre History. I have been a faculty member at ETSU since 2000. I am a proud alumnus of Michigan State University, where I earned my MFA in Costume, Makeup, and Mask Design in 1982.

You will find examples of my design work on this site, as well as information about my teaching at ETSU. I am also an author, with a recent release (July 2011) co-authored with Melissa Shafer titled Fundamentals of Theatrical Design: A Guide to the Basics of Scenic, Costume, and Lighting Design published by Allworth Press. This book is a basic primer intended for all beginning design students, and we think it fills an important niche. Shafer and I are now working on our second book titled Theatrical Genre and Style: A Guide for Designers, Directors, and Performers, also by Allworth Press and due to be published in 2015.

If you have questions about the book, or anything on this site, please feel free to contact me. Thanks for visiting!

select designs

photographs and renderings

The 39 Steps

Inherit the Wind

for colored girls...

Guys and Dolls

Fiddler on
the Roof

Other Select Renderings/Designs

Oedipus the King

The Country


As You Like It

ETSU Dance

Little Shop
of Horrors

Lying in State

The Philadelphia Story

The Crucible

I'll Never Be
Hungry Again


A Midsummer
Night's Dream

Mother Courage and Her Children

Miracle on
34th Street



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