Costume Design & Technology Commission

The Costume Design &Technology Commission provides members with opportunities to share ideas, exchange information, develop professionally, and affect the future welfare and development of those in fields including, but not limited to Costume Design, Costume Technology, Management, Hair & Make-up Design and Technology, Wardrobe and Backstage Technologies, and Education in all aspects of the Entertainment Industries:

  • endorsing projects that will benefit the profession and support goals
  • encouraging members through Commission meetings, formal and informal gatherings, monthly Sightlines articles, yearly symposia, and networking to become actively involved in programming for conferences and in projects
  • sponsoring the annual symposium in various locations at reasonable rates to involve as many people as possible
  • providing avenues for individual professional development through costume design and technology portfolio reviews for professionals and students
  • promoting health, safety, and welfare of those in the field by identifying problems, issues, and concerns and working toward endorsable solutions
Commission Leadership  
Commissioner Jenny Kenyon
Vice-Commissioner for Programming M.C.Friedrich
Vice-Commissioner for Hair & Makeup Karen Anselm
Vice-Commissioner for Exhibits, Expo, Experience Misti Bradford
Vice-Commissioner for Exhibits, Expo, Experience Kathleen Donnelly
Vice-Commissioner for Hands-On Technology Stacey Galloway
Vice-Commissioner for Diversity, Inclusion, & Community Rafael Jaen
Vice-Commissioner for Communications Joe Kucharski
Vice-Commissioner for Poster Sessions Jeffrey Leider
Vice-Commissioner for Pre-Conference Events Kevin McCluskey
Vice-Commissioner for Archive Heather Milam
Vice-Commissioner for Design Jessica Mueller
Vice-Commissioner for Student Initiatives Steven Stines










Every year at the USITT Conference & Stage Expo the Costume Design & Technology Commission holds an informational and working meeting to update the membership on the state of current projects and initiatives supported by the Commission. Commission meetings are always open to the membership. Please take this opportunity to network with your colleagues, find out what is new with the commission, see where you can get involved, and find out what the Costume Design & Technology Commission can do for you!

The Costume Locator Service is available to help locate costume rentals among members registered with the list.

The Survey of Costume Design and Technology Programs provides information on undergraduate and graduate in costume design or technology. Programs are listed in alphabetical order or in a regional index.

The Commercial Pattern Archives has a database that includes more than 35,000 patterns ranging from 1868 through 1968. Many of the patterns are available on a three CD set.

Check out the Costume Listserve. Exchange sources and ideas in the area of theatrical costuming. All aspects of costume design and technology are suitable topics for this list including sources, techniques, products and ideas.

The Costume Storage Database will be a resource for organizations looking for ideas and guidance on how to improve the way they store costumes.

The Commission maintains a link to the OISTAT Costume Working Group so that USITT members can stay abreast of OISTAT activities. Also, click here to visit the Prague Quadrennial (PQ) web page.

The Zelma H. Weisfeld Costume Design & Technology Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated excellence or outstanding potential in the areas of costume design or technology in the performing arts while pursuing a graduate degree.

The USITT Barbara Matera Award sponsored by Judy Adamson is awarded to an individual who has demonstrated excellence or outstanding potential as a Costume Maker for the performing arts and/or entertainment industries. This award recognizes the Costume Maker, who realizes the designer’s vision, and is not intended to recognize achievement in design. 

USITT Makeup Design Award sponsored by Kryolan Professional Make-Up was established in 1998 by USITT Contributing Member Kryolan Corporation of Germany, with plants and subsidiaries throughout the world. Kryolan offers professional makeup designers a system of products and services to help them cope with the tasks of their work through innovative products and education in the proper application of these many products.

The Master Craftsmanship Award was established in 2013 by USITT Fellow Bernhard R. Works, Ph.D – professor emeritus of design and technical production at the University of Illinois and 2011 recipient of USITT's Joel E. Rubin Founders Award and sponsor of the Frederick A. Buerki "Golden Hammer" Scenic Technology Award. 2016 award will be for costume making.

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