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).
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.