Donald Stowell



  • Davidson College, Davidson NC, BA in Speech/Drama (1961)
  • University of Miami, FL, MA in Costume Design (1965)
  • University of Texas, PhD in Theatre, History and Criticism (1970)
  •  Member, United Scenic Artists, Local 350

Employment history:

  • Faculty, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO (1965-1967)                                                             
  • Costume Designer, Professor, and Associate Dean for Instruction, Florida State University, School of Theatre (1970-1983)
  • Principal, Don Stowell and Associates, freelance designer (1983-1990)
  • Director of the Division of Fine Arts, North Dakota State University, Fargo (1990-1994) Editor’s note: Dr. Stowell was named Professor Emeritus upon his retirement (1994)



  • Author, The New Costuming in America: The Ideas and Practices of Robert Edmond Jones, Norman Bel Geddes, Lee Simonson and Aline Bernstein, 1915-1935; PhD diss., University of Texas at Austin (1972)
  • Numerous articles for Theatre Design and Technology


USITT Involvement and Offices Held:

  • First Commissioner, Costume Design and Technology Commission (1975)
  • Commissioner, Scenography (1977-1978)
  • Initiated the Scenographic Heritage section of Design Expo and served as the coordinator for several exhibits
  • Board of Directors
  • Arranged and coordinated joint meetings with Costume Society of America as post-conference events
  • Inaugurated and coordinated numerous pre and post-conference events
  • Created the summer USITT Costume Symposia and coordinated several such events
  • Coordinated “The Art of Stage Costuming” for Orlando Conference
  • Namesake of the Costume Commission Donny Award and was the first recipient for his contributions to Costume Design and Technology

Awards and Honors:

  • Elected USITT Fellow (1985)
  • Fulbright Scholar to pursue research in Brazil, 1993
  • Board of Directors, Costume Society of America
  • North Dakota Council on the Arts (by gubernatorial appointment)