Judy Adamson has been the Costume Director for PlayMakers Repertory Company and Head of the Costume Production program in the Department of Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina since 1993. Before coming to North Carolina, Judy worked for 14 years at Barbara Matera Ltd., one of the foremost costume houses in New York. She was Barbara’s assistant and workroom manager until 1990 when she began draping for the company. She has draped clothes for such Broadway shows as Crazy for You, Jelly’s Last Jam, The Secret Garden, Showboat, Moon Over Buffalo, Hairspray, Flower Drum Song, Sideshow and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, working with such designers as Irene Sharaff. Miles White, Theoni Aldredge, Florence Klotz, Patricia Zipprodt, William Ivey Long and Bob Mackie.
Judy has also worked extensively in dance with American Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor and Elliot Feld. Judy and her students have worked on such productions as Coppelia, Carmen, Great Galloping Gottschalk, Messiah, and Picnic in the Garden for Carolina Ballet, the Raleigh based dance company.
As well as draping for PlayMakers Repertory Company, Judy is in the process of reorganizing and documenting the vintage collection in the Department of Dramatic Art with the help of undergraduate work study students. Each garment is being documented with a photograph and description. The garments are of interest to all costume students, but the hope is that the information will be useful across disciplines with access through the internet: costumes.unc.edu/costar/
Judy has compiled information on costume programs throughout the country for United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) called Survey of Costume Programs in the United States. The survey, edited each fall, can be found under related links at http://costumesurvey.info. Judy has co-edited Projects for Teaching Costume Design and Technology, Volume 2 for USITT as well.
Judy has draped at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah for the past thirteen summers: Hay Fever and Anything Goes (designed by Kevin Alberts), Born Yesterday, Mornings at Seven, Midsummer Night’s Dream, HMS Pinafore, Lend Me a Tenor, The Musical, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Foxfire, Noises Off!, and Pride and Prejudice (designed by Bill Black), Private Lives, Glass Menagerie, and Scapin (designed by David Mickelsen), and Sense and Sensibility (designed by Holly Payne).