Teaching as a Theatre Artist
I have always enjoyed teaching, and now that I have my MFA I am qualified to teach at the collegiate level. This excites me and opens up some fun opportunities like the one I was able to have teaching a wig workshop in Virginia.
When I was working towards my masters degree I worked at Virginia Shakespeare Festival for two summers. While there I worked as the cutter/assistant designer and formed a close relationship with my work team and designer. She happens to be the head of the costume department at a Virginia university. Before graduating a design opportunity was offered to me, but unfortunately I was still in classes and the timing was not going to work out. After graduating I was approached again, but this time to come and teach a workshop on one of my other passions, wigs.
There was a small class of students learning to style wigs as a semester long class, but my workshop was to be a supplement to their course. I would teach ventilating, which is something I enjoy doing. I spoke with the designer and shop head and we created a weekend workshop to introduce students to theatrical hair ventilating and construction. I had a blast teaching.
First Invited Dress
Two months after leaving (graduating) from grad school I had the opportunity to work on my first Broadway musical as an assistant (runner/shopper/etc.). I had the opportunity to see the show at invited dress this week.
Invited Dress n. One of the final dress rehearsals for a show when those who have worked on the show in certain roles or friends and family are invited to watch.
Tips for your first invited dress experience:
It was a lot of fun to see the show I had been working on for about a month. I was brought on late in the process so I had no clue what costume was for what scene. I had not seen any of the show nor had I seen any sketches. It was a lot of fun to see all the garments I had been handling on stage in their specific scenes.