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Esther L.

Iverson
eliverson@valdosta.edu 229-333-5964
esther.iverson@gmail.com 419-575-233

Education
Master of Fine Arts (Costume Design) Minnesota State University, Mankato MN 05/07
Bachelor of Science (Technical Theatre) Mankato State University Mankato MN 08/94
Associate of Arts (Liberal Arts) Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN 05/74

Work Experience

Asst. Professor Costume Design and Technology 2009- present


Valdosta State University, Valdosta GA
 Teach Costume History, Costume Design, Costume Construction, Advanced Costume Technology,
Theatre Production, Makeup for Stage and Film, Advanced Makeup, Introduction to Design for Theatre
 Design Costumes for 7+ Theatre and Dance Productions
 Supervise Costume Shop personnel, wig and makeup technicians
 Serve on Committees as assigned
 Do research applicable to profession
 Advise 10-20 students
 Set and control budgets for individual shows.
 Purchase materials and supplies for productions.

Costume Designer/Costumer 2009-2014, 2016 – 2018 Peach State Summer Theatre


Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA
 Design and build 3 shows for professional summer stock theatre.
 Supervise and instruct shop assistants in building of costumes.
 Instruct and supervise wardrobe crews for productions.
 Instruct and supervise wig and makeup technicians and actors.
 Set and control budgets for individual shows.
 Purchase materials and supplies for productions.

Instructor/Costume Designer 2007-2009


Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green OH
 Costume Shop Supervisor
Instructor of Costume Construction and Children’s Theatre Tour class.
 Costume Design as assigned.

Costume Designer/Costumer 2008-2009 - Huron Playhouse, Huron OH


 Design 5 shows in eight-week season for summer stock theatre.
 Supervise and instruct shop assistants in building of costumes.
 Instruct and supervise wardrobe crews for productions.
 Instruct and supervise wig and makeup technicians and actors.
 Set and control budgets for individual shows.
 Purchase materials and supplies for productions.

Costume Shop Supervisor/Costumer -Minnesota State Univ. Mankato Mankato, MN 1994-2007


 Work with faculty, graduate and undergraduate student designers in building and maintaining costumes
for 6 main stage, 4 studio, 2 dance and 2 traveling productions per academic year.
 Schedule and supervise graduate and undergraduate costume shop employees and student workers,
 Assist with setting budgets for theatre productions.
 Purchase materials and supplies for the general shop and individual productions within budget
limitations.
 Instruct and supervise wardrobe crews for productions.
 Supervise organization and maintenance of costume stock.
 Supervise rentals of costumes to schools and theatres.

Costume Designer/ Costumer - Highland Summer Theatre Mankato, MN 1994-2007


 Design 4 shows in eight-week season for professional summer stock theatre.
 Supervise and instruct shop assistants in building of costumes.
 Instruct and supervise wardrobe crews for productions.
 Instruct and supervise wig and makeup technicians and actors.
 Set and control budgets for individual shows.
 Purchase materials and supplies for productions.

Owner/ Operator of Sew and So Forth - 1987-present


 Custom design, construction and/or alterations for garments, bridal wear, costumes, mascots, etc.
 Control inventory and purchase supplies for business.

Costume Designer/Costumer - Bethany Lutheran College Mankato, MN 1977-2004


 Design and construct costumes for 3 theatre productions.
 Instruct and supervise wardrobe/makeup crews for productions.
 Purchase supplies and materials for productions.
 Teach costume related portions of design courses.

Costume Shop Supervisor/Costume Designer - Gustavus Adolphus College St Peter, MN 1987-1990


 Instruct and supervise shop assistants and student designers.
 Design 1-3 theatre productions per academic year.
 Design and construct 1-3 dance productions per academic year.
 Instruct and supervise wardrobe and makeup crews for productions.
 Purchase materials and supplies for general shop and productions.
 Supervise organization and maintenance of costume stock.

Professional Development Training

GTC 2014 Working with Rubber

USITT 2011 30 Lessons to Teach Drawing, Painting and Rendering for Theatre

USITT 2006 Millinery workshop, Louisville, KY 03/06

USITT 2005 Building a Professional Tutu, Toronto, Canada 03/05

USITT 2004 Wig Styling and Maintenance


Dying and Distressing Costumes, San Diego, CA
South Central Tech. College Mankato, MN Supervisory Training Course 10/76

Teaching Experience

Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA


 Costume History Thea 3750 Fall 2009-present
A survey of costume from ancient Greek to modern times, with emphasis on historically significant
theatrical periods.

 Costume Design Thea 3770 Spring 2009 –present


An introduction to the principles and elements of design and their relation to stage costume.

 Costume Construction Thea 4030 Spring 2010-present


An introduction to the principles and theory of costume construction for professional theatre and dance,
with practical experience in the basic elements of sewing.

 Makeup for Stage and Film Thea 2730 Fall and Spring 2009- present
A course that teaches the principles of makeup design and techniques for application of makeup.

 Theatre Production Thea 3720 Fall and Spring 2009-present


Teaching students about theatre work in the Costume Shop through work on upcoming shows.

 Advanced Makeup Thea 4730 Spring 2010-present


A course that teaches the advanced principles of design and application of a variety of makeup types
including gelatin, latex, air brush, etc.

 Advanced Costume Technology Thea 4030 Spring 2019


A course that teaches advanced principles of Costume Construction including pattern drafting, pattern
draping, corsetry and non-fabric costume construction.

 Introduction to Design for Theatre Thea 1120 Spring 2013


Develop new course offering to introduce the basic principles of theatrical design to new students as a
pre-requisite to advanced design classes.

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH


The Theatre Experience Thfm 141 Fall 2009
 A Values Course introducing freshman theatre and non-theatre majors about the history, and relevance of
the theatre profession.

Children’s Theatre Tour Thfm 360/361 Spring 2008-2009


 An undergraduate level course teaching the history and principles of children’s theatre. Rehearsal and
preparation of a production for a tour of Northeastern Ohio Elementary schools.

Costume Construction Thfm 148 Fall 2007-2008


 An undergraduate level course teaching basic costume construction techniques including hand and
machine stitching, Commercial pattern use, and construction of a garment.

Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN


Costume Construction Thea 260 Spring 2007
 An undergraduate level course teaching basic costume construction techniques including hand and
machine stitching, Commercial pattern use, pattern drafting, draping painting and dying.

Stage Makeup Thea 265/565 Fall 2006


 A graduate and undergraduate level course teaching basic stage makeup design and techniques including
corrective, old age, prosthetic, 3- dimensional, clown, kabuki and animal makeup.

Costume Design I Thea 460/560 Fall 2006


 A graduate and undergraduate level course teaching beginning concepts of costume design for theatre
and dance including the elements of color, line and texture, play and character research, rendering styles,
fabric principles and collaboration with the design team.

Stagecraft Thea 255 2000-2007


 Class lecturer for costume technology portion of class. Lectures include information on costume shop
personnel and equipment, basic explanation of the work done in the costume shop and how it relates to
other production areas.

High School Workshops 1999-2007


 Annual department sponsored workshops teaching elements of theatre education aimed at high school
students. Taught a variety of workshops including Costume Shop Organization, Wigs and Hair, Costumes
on a Budget, Undergarments for Theatre, and Costume Research.

Bethany Lutheran College Mankato, MN


Design For Theatre 1997-2006
 Class lecturer for costume design portion of class. Lectures included information on costume shop
personnel and equipment, basic explanation of work done by costume designer and how it relates to
production work and job possibilities for costume designers and technologists.

Stage Makeup Workshops 1987-2004


 A workshop for students teaching basic stage makeup techniques including corrective and old age makeup.
Community Theatre Workshops Merely Players Mankato, MN 1987-2004
Stage Makeup Workshops 1987-2004
 A workshop for community actors to teach basic stage makeup techniques including corrective and old
age makeup.

Community Education Courses


Beginning Sewing for Adults Mankato, MN Fall 1985
 An adult education course for beginning sewers using commercial patterns. Class participants completed a
garment of their choosing.

Georgia Theatre Conference


Stage Makeup Workshops 2007-2015
A workshop for conference attendees to teach basic stage makeup techniques including corrective, old age
and 3 dimensional makeup techniques.

Florida Theatre Conference


Stage Makeup Workshops 2013 and 2015
A workshop for conference attendees to teach basic stage makeup techniques including corrective, old age
and 3 dimensional makeup techniques.

Costume Design Experience-

Professional-

Theatre-
Peach State Summer Theatre, Valdosta, GA
Carousel, Junglebook, Hairspray!, Legally Blonde, Go. Dog. Go!, The Light in The Piazza, The Secret Garden, Mulan,
White Christmas, The Sound of Music, The Marvelous Wonderettes, A Little Night Music, Shrek, Forever Plaid, My Fair
Lady, Million Dollar Quartet, Newsies, Hello Dolly,

Huron Summer Theatre, Huron, OH


Brigadoon, Mousetrap, Honk!, Rumors, Thoroughly Modern Millie

Highland Summer Theatre, Mankato, MN 1994-2007


Various plays and musicals including: Lost in Yonkers, The Pajama Game, I Hate Hamlet, Bye Bye Birdie, California
Suite, Annie Warbucks, The Miss Firecracker Contest, The Sound of Music, Sleuth, Annie Get Your Gun, Grease,
Breaking Legs, Forever Plaid, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Moon Over Buffalo, Carousel, Crimes
of the Heart, Jesus Christ Superstar. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Jerry’s Girls, The Odd Couple, Seven Brides for Seven
Brothers, Shakespeare Abridged, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, The Nerd, Once Upon A Mattress, The
Rainmaker, New York, New York, The Woman in Black, State Fair, Private Lives, Land of the White Foreheads,
Prelude to a Kiss, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Barefoot in the Park, Godspell, The Dining Room, Showboat, The
Complete History of America (abridged), Cinderella, Picnic, Nunsense, The Seven Year Itch, Grease

JTR Productions, Hudson, WI


One Last White Horse London, England
Jack the Ripper- the Musical performed at various venues in the Upper Midwest
London in the Springtime, Life 101 performed at various venues in the Upper Midwest
Edinburgh Festival, Scotland.

Phipps Center for the Arts, Huron WI

Grease

Wilson/Olauson Productions Minneapolis, MN


He Lived the Good Life
Jon Hassler Theatre Plainview, MN

Driving Miss Daisy

Film-
Landroval Studios Minneapolis, MN
Midnight Cutter/Draper/Stitcher

Wilson/Olauson Productions Minneapolis, MN


He Lived the Good Life Costume Designer

Educational-

Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA


State Fair, The Cabaret, The Orestia, Romeo and Juliet, Sweet Charity, Enchanted Mirrors, Pride and Prejudice, VSU
25th Anniversary Dance Concert 2011, Cabaret 2010 Almost Maine, All My Sons, Damn Yankees, The Piano Lesson,
Three Sisters, VSU Dance Concert 2010- Spirit of Dance in America, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,
Very Bad Day, Lonely, I’m Not, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, As You Like It, Arcadia, Evita, A Lesson Before
Dying, The Would Be Gentleman, Pippin, Eurydice, Into The Woods, Cinderella(opera,) A Midsummer Night’s Dream,
The Imaginary Invalid, The Tender Land(opera), Book of Days, Hands on a Hardbody, House of Desires, Tortoise vs.
Hare, Intimate Apparel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Austin Peay University, Clarksville, TN Company
University of Guam, Guam, USA Tartuffe, The Tempest

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green OH-


1940’s Radio Hour, The Ugly Duckling, Trojan Women, Gollywhoppers, Dance Concerts 2007-2008

Minnesota State University, Mankato. MN


Various plays and musicals including: Gemini, Steel Magnolias, On the Verge, The Miser, The Lion in Winter, A
Member of the Wedding, James and the Giant Peach, One Last White Horse, A Streetcar Named Desire, Picasso at the
Lapine Agile, He Lived the Good Life, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Philadelphia Story, Julius Caesar, A Doll’s House,
Proof, The Ugly Duckling, You Can’t Take It With You, The Crucible, Peter Pan, The Lark, Dance Concerts 2000-2007
Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN
Various plays and musicals including: The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Taming of the
Shrew, Angel Street, The Miser, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, Candida, The Misanthrope, Measure for
Measure, Ten Little Indians, Nicholas Nickleby, Our Town, The Imaginary Invalid, The Matchmaker, Antigone, As You
Like It, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, A Comedy of Errors, Dial M for Murder, The Gondoliers, Broadway Bound, The
Importance of Being Ernest, Iolanthe, The Mousetrap, Terra Nova, Patience, Quilters, Much Ado About Nothing, The
Mikado, Our Town, The Sorcerer, The Learned Ladies, Death of a Salesman, The Pirates of Penzance, The Yeomen of
the Guard, She Stoops to Conquer, Princess Ida, Harvey, The Red Mill, The Servant of Two Masters, The Gondoliers

Gustavus Adolphus College, St Peter, MN-


Candida, Tartuffe, Romeo and Juliet, Ruddigore, Dance Concert 1988, Dance Concert 1989, Dance Concert 1990.

Community-
Merely Players Community Theatre, Mankato, MN
Various plays and musicals including: The Curious Savage, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Mouse Trap, Hello Dolly, Same
Time Next Year, A Christmas Carol, The Foreigner, The Music Man, Angel Street, I Do! I Do!, Pure as the Driven Snow,
Steel Magnolias
Bend of the River Pageant- Bend of the River Queen Costumes
Immanuel St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary- Nunsense II

AWARDS Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival


2018 Meritorious Achievement Award Costume Design The Imaginary Invalid
2016 Meritorious Achievement Award Costume Design Into The Woods
2011 Meritorious Achievement Award Costume Design The Orestia
2010 Meritorious Achievement Award Costume Design Romeo and Juliet
2006 Meritorious Achievement Award Costume Design The Lark
2002 Meritorious Achievement Award Costume Design The Diary of Anne Frank
2000 Meritorious Achievement Award Costume Design One Last White Horse
2000 Meritorious Achievement Award for Makeup Design One Last White Horse

Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities 1992-1993

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS-

USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology) 2000- 2015


South Eastern Regional Section USITT 2011
Northern Boundary Section USITT 2000 - 2010
Secretary NBS USITT 2004-2006

ACTING EXPERIENCE- Various roles including:


Juno and the Paycock- Mrs. Boyle The Glass Menagerie- Laura
The Sound of Music- Sister Margareta Brigadoon- Chorus
Once Upon a Mattress- Chorus The Velveteen Rabbit- Nana
The Music Man- Mrs. Squires Eleemosynary- Grandmother
‘Night Mother- Mama Quilters- Sarah
Nunsense II- Sister Mary Amnesia Nunsense- Sister Hubert

REFERENCES
Dr. Paul J. Hustoles Dr. Melissa Porterfield
Chair, Dept of Theatre & Dance Dept of Comm. Arts/ Theatre
Minnesota State University, Mankato Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA
paul.hustoles@mnsu.edu mrporterfield@valdosta.edu
(507) 389-2118 (229) 219-1358

Professor David McCarl Professor H. Duke Guthrie


Costume Design Dept of Comm. Arts/ Theatre
Minnesota State University, Mankato Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA
david.mccarl@mnsu.edu dguthrie@valdosta.edu
(507) 389-1421 (229) 333-5307