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DeAnna M. Rowe

Curriculum Vitae


1101 NW 25th Ter

Gainesville, FL 32605




M.F.A. in Theatre: Costume Design and Technology, University of Missouri at Kansas City

Thesis production: An Absolute Turkey by George Feydeau set in France during The Belle Epoque. Design concept included frothy concoctions in a delicious ice cream color palette.


Held graduate teaching assistantship which required teaching Stage Makeup and working in Missouri Repertory Theatre (renamed Kansas City Rep) Costume Shop as a stitcher, crafts artisan and Assistant Costume Designer.


Kansas City Repertory Theatre is a professional resident theater company serving the Kansas City metropolitan area, and is the professional theater in residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. It has a LORT B designation.


B.A. Dual major in Fashion Merchandise and French, Baker University, Baldwin City, KS

Magna Cum Laude 3.79 GPA


Work-study position as shop manager and Costume Designer/Wardrobe Supervisor for all 4 years

Held leadership positions in Phi Mu Fraternity and Alpha Psi Omega





Foster a positive environment where students feel safe to explore

Uphold high standards of excellence in product completion and attitude

Generously collaborate and share ideas and solutions to challenges

Appreciate diverse learning styles


Courses Taught (For comprehensive descriptions see Addendum):


University of Florida – School of Theatre and Dance

Beginning Stage Makeup

Graduate Flat Patterning

Undergraduate Flat Patterning

Costume Production and Performance

Undergraduate Advanced Crafts for Stage

Graduate Costume Technology Workshop


University of Memphis – Department of Theatre and Dance


Lower level undergraduate:

Intro to Design for the Theatre

Intro to Theatre Production – Costume section

Fundamentals of Costume Construction for the Theatre – basic sewing




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Fundamentals of Makeup for the Stage

Costume Production Lab


Upper level undergraduate:

Fundamentals of Costume Construction for the Theatre – pattern making

Principles of Costume Design

Special Topics: Mask Making for Theatre

Special Problems in Theatre: Stage Makeup Techniques for the Performer -Advanced Topics

Costume Technology rotating topics – Pattern making

Directed Study – Draping course project

Directed Study – Costume Design studio 


Graduate level:

Costume Technology rotating topics – Pattern making

Directed Studies in Design/Technical Production – Advanced Stage Makeup

Directed Studies in Design/Technical Production - Tailoring


Ohio University School of Theatre


Costume Design I

History of Costume I

Costume Patterning Basics

Costume Construction

Intro to Design - team taught with Scenic and Lighting Professors

Special Studies in Costuming – wig styling, draping



History of Costume I

Costume Period Patterning

History of Costume II

Special Studies in Costuming – mask making, draping, shoe making


DeSales University (formerly Allentown College of St. Francis DeSales)

Theatre Crafts Lab

Costume History

Costume Construction and Pattern Drafting

Costume Construction for Dance

Stage Makeup

Costume Design

Advanced Patterning and Draping


California Design College-The Art Institute of California- Hollywood

Fundamentals of Construction for Apparel Industry


University of Missouri-Kansas City Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Stage Makeup








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University of California-Irvine

First hired as an ad hoc draper. Eventually spent an entire semester as Senior Wardrobe Technician working with Graduate designers as their cutter/draper and oversaw my team of stitchers.

Worked with the faculty designer for the Dance concerts.


California State University-Long Beach

Maternity leave relief as Assistant Shop Manager and Cutter/draper working with graduate designers and grad and undergrad stitchers, cutters and first hands. Occasionally substitute taught for Costume Design Professor in tailoring and construction classes.




Gypsy Dream Studios Head Designer/owner – hundreds of individual design projects for wide variety of clients both nationally and internationally.



Fire Emblem – Robin the Tactician




Gauntlet of Infinity


Sailor Mars

George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle

Tangled Princess

Zora Neale Hurston

Arwen Renaissance

Steampunk characters

Victorian Bride and Groom


Uncle Sam


Koko Littner

Historical Corsetry

Steampunk Corsetry

Lady Mechanika





Anne Boleyn



Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Memphis, TN

As You Like It                                                  Dave Demke director                                       2018

Macbeth                                                           Dan McCleary director                                     2018

Waiting for Godot                                            Dan McCleary director                                     2017

The Comedy of Errors                                     Tony Simotes director                                     2017

To Kill a Mockingbird                                     Dan McCleary director                                     2016


University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

Accidental Death of an Anarchist                    Joshua Brewer director                                                2018

 [title of show]                                                 Justin Braun director                                        2017

Anon(ymous)                                                   Jazmin Miller director                                      2017


Panola Playhouse, Sardis, MS

[title of show] Remounted                              Justin Braun director                                        2019


South Coast Repertory Theatre-Youth conservatory, Costa Mesa, CA

Sleeping Beauty                                               Mercy Vasquez director                                     2012

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory                  Mercy Vasquez director                                     2011

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court Joe Alanes director                                          2010

Snow Angel                                                      Hisa Takakuwa director                                     2007

The Beloved Dearly                                         Laurie Woolery director                                     2004


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South Coast Plaza--an upscale-luxury shopping center - Costa Mesa, CA

Santa’s Village seasonal employees                                                                                         2004

3 Easter Bunny Mascot costumes                                                                                             2005

Santa’s Elves                                                                                                                           2008


Ohio University, Athens, OH

Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet             Jennifer Vellenga director                                    2002


Muhlenberg College Summer Theatre Program, Allentown, PA

Dracula                                                           James Peck director                                         2000


Allentown College of St. Francis DeSales, Center Valley, PA

On the Third Day                                            Joseph Kline director                                       2000

On the Razzle                                                   Melanie Thomas director                               2000

AC dance ensemble                                      Lynne Leopold choreographer                         2000

                                                                         Cynthia Kemmerer choreographer                 2000                                                                                              Vincent Brosseau choreographer                   2000

She Loves Me                                                  Dennis Razze director                                     1999

Noises Off                                                        Joseph Kline director                                       1999

Evita                                                                 Dennis Razze director                                      1999

The Royal Family                                            Gerry Schubert director                                     1999

AC dance ensemble                                       Lynne Leopold choreographer                         1999

                                                                          Cynthia Kemmerer choreographer                1999

The Seagull                                                      Dennis Razze director                                     1998

Lend Me a Tenor                                             Joseph Kline director                                       1998



Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Center Valley, PA

Cinderella                                                        Joseph Kline director                                       1999


The Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City, MO

Flyin’ West                                                      Cynthia Levin director                                                 1998


Johnson County Junior College, Overland Park, KS

1,000 Cranes                                                   Julie Tan director                                             1997


Horsefeathers and Applesauce Dinner Theatre, Winfield KS

Me and My Girl                                               Ansley Valentine director                                     1996


University of Missouri, Kansas City-Graduate student designs, realized productions

A Servant of Two Masters                                                                                                        1998

An Absolute Turkey                                          Theodore Swetz director                                    1997

Design for television class 1997

Waiting for Godot                                            Dale AJ Rose director                                      1996

The Shadow of a Gunman                                                                                                       1996



Missouri Repertory Theatre, Kansas City, MO

Blithe Spirit                                                      Vincent Scassellatti Costume Designer                      1995


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American Players Theatre, Spring Green, WI

The Country Wife                                             Judy Lundberg Costume Designer                      1996


University of Missouri, Kansas City

Twelfth Night                                                   Tina Campbell Costume Designer                      1996

Reckless                                                           Vincent Scassellatti Costume Designer                      1995



FACULTY DESIGN ADVISOR, University of Memphis  2016-17 School year

Little Shop of Horrors

Measure for Measure

The Sparrow

Empires of the Eternal Void

Spring Awakening



Adjunct Assistant Professor of Costume Technology – University of Florida

Mentor Graduate and undergraduate production projects for university productions


2014-2016 and 2017-19  Costume Shop Supervisor/Draper University of Memphis


Spitfire Grill

Intimate Apparel

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Be More Chill

Shaming Jane Doe


[title of show]

She Kills Monsters

Secret in the Wings

The Wild Party

Servant of Two Master

The Sparrow


Spring Awakening


A Flea in Her Ear

School for Scandal


Next to Normal

The Physicist

The Wedding Singer

The Little Prince

How I Learned to Drive


Blues for an Alabama Sky



2004- present Owner/director/designer Gypsy Dream Studios


Cutter/Draper  Tennessee Shakespeare Company



As You Like It

A Midsummer Nights Dream

All’s Well That Ends Well

Henry V

To Kill a Mockingbird

Comedy of Errors

Waiting for Godot



2014 Commissioned draper William Ivey Long Studios, New York, NY

National Tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella


2012 Patternmaker/cutter Delicate Illusions, Laguna Beach, CA

Exotic dance, swimwear, and costumes


2006 Overhire cutter/draper Cal-State Long Beach


Into the Woods

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2005-2008 Overhire cutter/draper University of California, Irvine


West Side Story

Anything Goes

Sunday in the Park with George


Kiss Me Kate

New Slate Dance Concert

Dance Visions Dance Concert

Dance Escape Dance Concert



2007 Draping Consultant Walt Disney Character Development, Fullerton, CA


2002-2005 Lead Cutter/Draper South Coast Repertory Theatre, Costa Mesa, CA


Major Barbara

A Christmas Carol


Two Gentlemen of Verona

Intimate Apparel

The Drawer Boy

The Violet Hour

La Posada Mágica

The Carpetbagger's Children

Relatively Speaking


The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow

The Last Night of Ballyhoo

Terra Nova


Safe in Hell

Cyrano de Bergerac


Anna in the Tropics

Lovers and Executioners

Intimate Exchanges

Mr. Marmalade

The Emperor's New Clothes

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

The Wind in the Willows

Brooklyn Boy

Habeas Corpus

The Clean House

A View from the Bridge


The Retreat from Moscow

On the Mountain

Princess Marjorie



The Hoboken Chicken Emergency

The Little Prince




2002 Master Draper Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown, NY

Dialogue of the Carmelites


2000-2002 Costume Technology Program Head Ohio University MFA/BFA program


2001 Master Draper Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Boulder, CO

Queen Margaret

Two Gentlemen of Verona

As You Like It


2000 Stitcher The Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, D.C.

Don Carlos


2000 Head Draper Muhlenberg College Summer Theatre, Allentown, PA



The Music Man

Forever Plaid



1998-200 Shop Supervisor, Draper Allentown College, Center Valley, PA


1999 Head Cutter/Draper Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, PA


Merry Wives of Windsor



Blithe Spirit


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1998 Overhire Stitcher Universal Studios and Good Machine

Ride with the Devil film directed by Ang Lee


1997 Crafts Artisan State Ballet of Missouri, Kansas City, MO

The Nutcracker


1995-1998 Stitcher Missouri Repertory Theatre, Kansas City, MO


A Delicate Balance

The Belle of Amherst

Almost September


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

The Misanthrope


Three Tall Women

Oedipus the King

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Blithe Spirit

Later Life

The Comedy of Errors

The Gospel at Colonus

Les Liaisons Dangereuses



1995-1998 Cutter/Draper University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO

Richard III

The Diary of a Scoundrel


Stitcher University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO

The Three Sisters

The Common Pursuit

Two Gentlemen of Verona


Crafts University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO


The Fifth of July


Makeup Artist University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO

Holy Ghosts



Advanced costume construction

Pattern drafting and draping

Stage Makeup

Wig construction and hair styling

Vacu-form armor and 3-D Craft foam manipulation




Period shoe dressing

Dye techniques

Mask making with papier mache and thermo plastics

Computer imaging

Shop management


Computer rendering skills




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2020 Portfolio Reviewer USITT - online due to Covid-19

2019 Session Presenter USITT in Louisville, KY

Binding and Tucking: You put what, where?!

The challenges that Drag performers face in suppressing their gender are often something of a mystery. In this session we explored the safe practice of binding and tucking that Drag Queens and Kings employ to create their chosen gender shape. We discussed the various garments available to help create these body shapes. Ended session with discussion and Q & A. 

2019 Portfolio Reviewer USITT in Louisville, KY

2018 Portfolio Reviewer USITT in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

2017 Portfolio Reviewer Southeastern Theatre Conference in Lexington, KY

2017 Portfolio Reviewer USITT in St. Louis, MO


2017 Presenter The Orpheum Group, Memphis, TN

Technical Theatre Intensive Workshop for High School students - Costume Design


2017 Presenter Tennessee Thespian Conference, Murfreesboro, TN

Fitting and Alteration Techniques

Q & A Panel Session for high school teachers

2016 Presenter Tennessee Thespian Conference , Murfreesboro, TN

Patterning Panache: Hands-On Paper Patterning


2015 High School Workshop University of Memphis

How to Use and Alter Commercial Patterns for Costuming

2015 Presenter Tennessee Thespian Conference, Murfreesboro, TN

A Foundation of Bones: creating historic costume silhouette through corsetry


2002 Wig Ventilation Presentation Prepared for SETC

2001 Portfolio Review panel SETC in Jacksonville, FL


University of Memphis

Visiting Assistant Professor of Costume Design

Teach 3 courses per semester

Serve as Design Faculty Advisor on all student designed productions

Faculty Advisor for all undergraduate costume design majors

Serve on Graduate Advising committee

Assume draping load for department productions


Serve on Ad Hoc Design/Tech Curriculum Review Committee

Interview prospective students

Supervise Costume Independent Studies courses

Serve on NAST Accreditation committee

Serve on Season Selection Committee

Serve on Course Fee Allocation Committee

Attend SETC for recruitment

Attend USITT for recruitment and development

Maintain the budget and prepared receipts for accounting for costume related purchases



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Costume Shop Supervisor

Supervise Graduate Assistants in Costume shop

Supervise and direct all work flow through the costume shop

Assume draping load for all departmental supported productions

Maintain the costume shop equipment and supplies.

Maintain stock rental records and check in/out rentals for local theatres and student projects


Provide and maintain corsetry for Acting Movement classes

Maintain the budget and prepare receipts for accounting for costume related purchases

Design costumes for the department season as needed

Attend and Present at Tennessee Thespian Conference yearly

Present at yearly High School Recruiting workshops


Ohio University

Taught 2 courses per semester

Advised MFA Costume Technology students

Designed Costumes as needed

Supervised all draping projects for departmental productions

Head of Production Department IT Committee

Head of School of Theatre Undergraduate Scholarship Committee

Member of NAST Accreditation Review Committee

Member of Curriculum Review Committee

Attended Southeastern Theatre Conference


DeSales University

Taught 2 courses per semester

Supervised 3 work-study positions

Supervised 20 costume practicum students

Served as Faculty Advisor

Designed 2 shows per semester

Active on all departmental committees

Attended USITT Conference



Build my professional design portfolio in challenging ways

Explore and develop costume-specific International Study-Abroad opportunities


At Gypsy Dream Studios I design and create high-end costumes and couture bringing the unique visions of my clients to life. I explore Steampunk, Cosplay, Anime, film and runway reproductions, theme weddings and historically inspired creations. My goal with my business is increased visibility through my website leading to increasingly more challenging and fulfilling projects—becoming the

costume destination for photographers, fashion magazines, feature film industry and high-end special events.



2000 Kennedy Center ACTF Award for Excellence in Costume Design

On the Razzle at Allentown College, Center Valley, PA

1987-1991 Honors: Music, Theatre and Academic Scholarships Baker University

1991 Stuart Alan McCoy Theatre Award for Service Baker University

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1987 Outstanding Newcomer Theatre Award Baker University

1991 Cardinal Key Baker University

1991 Alpha Mu Gamma-honorary Foreign Language Fraternity Baker University

1988 Alpha Psi Omega-honorary Theatre Fraternity Baker University

1991 Graduated Magna Cum Laude Baker University

1987 Member of National Honor Society




Domestic and industrial sewing machines

Domestic and industrial sergers

Domestic and industrial blind hem machine

Industrial walking-foot machine

Professional steam press

Commercial gravity feed and pump steam iron

Industrial steamer

Industrial dye vat

Ventilated spray booth

Manual and pneumatic grommet setter machines

Rotary cutting

Belt sander

Some experience on 4-5 thread coverstitch machine

Acquisition and experimentation with Wild Ginger Software

Experimentation with Patternmaker pattern drafting software

Experimentation with CNC Router, 3-D printer, and Laser cutter

Learning Corel Painter 17 and Vectorworks

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