Hollywood Reporter Names UMKC a Top School for Costume Design Hollywood Reporter Names UMKC a Top School for Costume Design
The Hollywood Reporter has released its top ten schools in the U.S. for costume design, and included among the recipients was the University of... Hollywood Reporter Names UMKC a Top School for Costume Design

By Abigail Trabue

The Hollywood Reporter has released its top ten U.S. schools for costume design, and included among the recipients was the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Consulting costume designers and academics, The Hollywood Reporter’s list includes schools from across the country, such as Yale, UCLA, and NYU. To read the full list of schools click here.

A long-standing and respected presence in the Kansas City theater community, UMKC continues to bring National recognition to a program that has produced such designers as Tom Houchins (Grey’s Anatomy), and Jonathan Knipscher (lead tailor, The Greatest Showman).

WAY OF THE WORLD. Photo by Manon Halliburton

With a 14:1 ratio, MFA students are ensured the necessary attention needed to complete the rigorous three-year program. “Our students do triple the number of productions of other schools and get so much experience dealing with actors in fittings and directors,” comments Lindsay Davis, professor of costume design.

“Our costume department’s foundational philosophy is that costume design and technology are inseparable,” says UMKC Theatre Chair Carla Noack. “Lindsay Davis, Head of Costume Design, and Sarah M. Oliver, Head of Costume Technology, work closely together to give UMKC students a unique perspective that fosters analytical and contextual skills simultaneously. Our producing partners throughout Kansas City allow us to offer our students intensive hands-on experiences in a wide array of venues. We are incredibly fortunate—and exponentially stronger—to have the City truly be our extended campus.”

For more information on the UMKC theater program visit umkctheatre.org.

 

Abigail Trabue Managing Editor

Abigail is the managing editor of PerformInk. She enjoys coffee, converting school buses into RV's and coffee. Abigail holds a degree in Musical Theater from Columbia College Chicago and in her former life was an actor/director/choreographer. In her present life, she's still those things but in addition, she's raising three kids w/ her partner and PerformInk publisher Jason Epperson. You can find her on Twitter @AbigailTrabue

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