Graduate Studies: Costume Production: Faculty and Staff
Judy Adamson (Head, Costume Production; Costume Director, PlayMakers Repertory Company) worked for Barbara Matera Ltd. in New York for 14 years. For 10 years she was Barbara Matera’s first assistant and the workroom manager. For 4 years she was a draper working on shows such as Crazy for You, Jelly’s Last Jam, The Secret Garden, Showboat, Miss Saigon, Flower Drum Song, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Lion King and Aida. She has worked with such designers as Irene Sharaff, Miles White, Theoni Aldredge, Florence Klotz, Willa Kim, Pat Zipprodt, William Ivey Long and Bob Mackie. She has also worked extensively in dance with American Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor and Elliot Feld. For the past twelve years she has draped for the Utah Shakespeare Festival (Hay Fever, Born Yesterday, Mornings at Seven, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, HMS Pinafore, Lend Me A Tenor, The Musical, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Private Lives, Pride and Prejudice, Scapin and Anything Goes). She is the editor of Survey of Costume Programs, an online resource for the Costume Commission of USITT. She is also the co-editor of a second volume of Projects for Teaching Costume Design and Technology for USITT. In 2012 she received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Education from USITT.
Jennifer Guadagno (Assistant Costume Director/Lecturer) received her MFA from Boston University, where she graduated summa cum laude in Costume Production. While completing her graduate studies at B.U., she also served as Draper for Emerson College and an overhire Stitcher for the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University. Prior to joining us here at PlayMakers, Ms. Guadagno draped for four seasons at Syracuse Stage, the regional theater in residence at Syracuse University. There she worked with such designers as Paul Tazewell, Jessica Ford, Tracy Dorman and Susanne Chesney. She has taught classes in Methods of Construction and Intro to Theater. Here at UNC, she conducts a graduate level seminar on Costume Management.
Jan Chambers (Associate Professor of Dramatic Art, Resident Set and Costume Designer for PlayMakers Repertory Company) joined the faculty of the Department of Dramatic Art and PlayMakers Repertory Company in 2007. For PlayMakers Repertory Company she has designed sets and costumes for When the Bulbul Stopped Singing, Crimes of the Heart, Glass Menagerie, A Number, Metamorphoses and The Tempest, as well as costumes for A Raisin in the Sun, Doubt: A Parable, Topdog/Underdog and Nicholas Nickleby, and sets for Red, The Making of a King: Heny IV, Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V, Pericles and Well. National and regional work includes designs for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Folger Theatre, Profile Theater Project, Victory Garden Theater, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Manbites Dog Theatre, Charlotte Repertory Theatre, Carolina Ballet and North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. She is the resident set and costume designer for Archipelago Theatre, for whom she has created award winning environments for The Narrowing, Out of the Blue, And Mary Wept, Eulogy for a Warrior, Ten in One and Those Women. Her teaching includes set, costume and makeup design courses and emphasizes the incorporation of sensory immersion, intuitive thinking and collaboration in the design process. In addition to her teaching and theater work, Jan is a painter and sculptor. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Tennessee and an MFA in Theater Design from the University of Illinois.
Jade Bettin (Western Costume History, Theatrical Design) is a graduate of the MFA Costume Production Program at UNC. She has a BA in Theatre Design and Production from the University of Northern Iowa. Ms. Bettin’s interest in historical costume lead her to intern with the Kent State University Fashion Museum and she currently works with the Department of Dramatic Arts own collection of vintage garments, Costar. Her work also includes draping and designing for PlayMakers Repertory Company. In recent years she has draped costumes for Cabaret and In the Next Room. She designed PRC’s productions of Clybourne Park and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. She is also a designer for the Summer Youth Conservatory where she most recently costumed Sweeney Todd. Her regional work includes costume design for The Parchman Hour at Cape Fear Regional Theatre and draping for the Carolina Ballet. This past summer Jade worked as a wardrobe technician on Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson One in Las Vegas.
Bobbi Owen (Costume History, Theatrical Design) is professor of Dramatic Art and teaches courses in both Western and non-Western Costume History as well as in design. She is the Michael R. McVaugh Distinguished Professor of Dramatic Art and served as the Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Arts and Sciences, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2004-2014. She has extensive credits for costume design with PlayMakers Repertory Company and the Indiana Repertory Theatre and has also designed at the American Place and WestBeth theatres in New York, the Alcazar Theatre in San Francisco and the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. She is also the author of seven books and numerous articles about theatrical designers.
Rachel E. Pollock(Costume Crafts Artisan/Lecturer) has worked as a professional costume craftsperson for theatre, opera, ballet, television, and film since 1994. After freelancing in Knoxville (TN), Chicago, and Boston, she accepted a staff position as resident Lead Crafts Artisan and Dyer for the internationally-acclaimed American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University in Cambridge, where she served for four award-winning seasons. She subsequently relocated to Los Angeles to work in film and television costuming, as well as a stint on the crafts team of the LA Opera, before relocating to Chapel Hill. She has served as a crafts artisan, dyer, and milliner for such designers as Catherine Zuber, Ann Hould-Ward, Ilona Somogyi, David Zinn, Constance Hoffman, and Julie Taymor. She has also worked as a dyer and first hand at the Broadway production house Parsons-Meares, Ltd. on shows such as Lion King, Radio City Music Hall’s Rockettes, Shrek: The Musical, and Disney’s Aladdin. Ms. Pollock is the author of Sticks In Petticoats, the only extant text on parasol history and construction for the stage, as well as various articles for trade publications such as the Costume Research Journal. She maintains the seminal costume crafts artisanship blog, La Bricoleuse. At UNC, she conducts a series of graduate seminars on costume craftwork—millinery, dyeing and distressing, masks, armor, and related topics.
Sam Kate Toney (Costume Loans and Acquisitions Supervisor) received her BFA in Design and Technology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May of 2012. This is her second year with PRC, her first year being spent as the Wardrobe Supervisor. She has worked the past three summers with The Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York as a technician and dresser, and most recently, the Costume Shop Manager. She has also interned with Lexington Children’s Theatre in Kentucky as a costume technician and puppet-engineer. In addition to her duties as costume stock mistress, she will also be serving as the mentor of design for DDA undergraduate costume designers.
Lucy Wakeland (Wardrobe Supervisor) received her BFA in design and technology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2013. While there, she received numerous awards for hair and makeup designs for productions of The Grapes of Wrath and Marat/Sade. Since graduating, Lucy has spent her summers working at the Hangar Theatre as a dresser and most recently as the Wardrobe Supervisor. Last year, she worked as a dresser for Centerstage Theatre in Baltimore, MD under David Burdick and Linda Cavell.