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Contact & Location

Moscow

Department of Theatre Arts

Physical Address:
Corner of 6th and Rayburn
Shoup Hall - 2nd Floor
PHONE: (208) 885-6465
FAX: (208) 885-2558
E-MAIL: theatre@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Theatre Arts Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2008
Moscow, ID 83844-2008

Carrie Lawrence

Carrie Lawrence


Office: Hartung Theater Costume Shop
Phone: (208) 885-6131
Email: carriejo@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: 875 Perimeter Dr. MS 2008
P.O. Box 442008
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2008

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Department of Theatre Arts
Lecturer, Costume Shop Manager

Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2007


  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Costume Technology
    • Costume Design
    • Period tailoring techniques
    • Pattern development
    • Redefinition of how clothing fits the body
    • Leather mask making
    • Ethnic Clothing/Costume history: Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, United States, American Flamenco Dance, Middle East
    • Relationships between religion, ritual and the performing arts
    • Needle arts and their practical applications
  • Biography
    Carrie is currently the Costume Shop Manager, and oversees all aspects of the costume production phase for each play at the University of Idaho. She is often the head draper and creates patterns for the costumes, or mentors student drapers towards the same goal, as well as managing the administrative aspect to the shop. She also mentors students in many of the other aspects of costume technology, like sewing, crafting and otherwise creatively realizing costume designs. The costume technology class she teaches each semester brings a new group of students into the costume shop where part of what they learn is directly connected to the productions being produced.  

    Carrie's background is primarily as a costume designer with a heavy emphasis in costume technology, with experience in both professional and academic worlds. Much of her work has been concentrated in the Midwest: Opera Theatre St. Louis, St. Louis Community College, Stages St. Louis, Bradley University and The Guthrie Theatre, also Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and the American University in Cairo. Currently, she is working on outside projects that focus on useful projects with broad mainstream application (working with MaryJanes Farm), as well as a student focus: making the process of making costumes modernly accessible.
  • Selected Publications
    • “Enlarging a Scale Pattern,” MaryJanes Farm, Feb-Mar 2009, pp.34-35
    • “Unique Dress Forms,” MaryJanes Farm, Dec-Jan 2009, pp. 90-91


    Carrie's complete CV

  • Research Projects
    • MaryJane’sFarm Project development: 1940’s belts: a recreation of period pieces that are knitted and crocheted. Moscow, ID, USA. A collaboration with MaryJane Butters to recreate 1940’s crocheted belts in an updated format for both knitting and crocheting, using modern techniques and materials. May 2009-In process
    • Costume Design for High School Musical at Idaho Repertory Theatre. Moscow, ID, USA. Executing and implementing all design aspects for High School Musical. Extensive collaboration with actors and technical staff to realize this very large and expressive show. May 2009-July 2009
    • Workshop: "Making Economical and Accurate Dress Forms." Moscow, ID USA. This workshop was given as part of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region VII conference located on the University of Idaho campus. This workshop was a development of the theatrical application of my earlier research on unique dress forms. It offered ideas, directions and a demonstration about how to implement making dress forms in a costume shop setting. Jan 2009-Feb 20, 2009
    • Workshop: "Dyeing in Small Spaces." Moscow, ID USA. This workshop was given as part of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region VII conference located on the University of Idaho campus. This workshop offered tips and ideas about ways to approach dyeing in small or otherwise inadequate spaces, giving how-to directions for an economical dye mixing box, and a class project ideal to teaching and illustrating some methods of dyeing with immediate results for theatres without classroom space in their dye-room. Demonstration and hands-on experience included. Jan 2009-Feb 17, 2009
    • MaryJane’sFarm Project development: Enlarging a Scale Pattern. Moscow, ID, USA. This was a how-to project article that developed as a need to educate readers how to enlarge a scaled down pattern in a magazine format to a full size pattern piece. This seemed a logical direction due to the overwhelming interest of readers requesting more information about patterns and making their own enlargements. It is an adaptation of a technique I teach in my class. Nov-Dec 2008
    • MaryJane’sFarm Project development: Unique Dress Forms. Moscow, ID, USA. This was a how-to project article developed out of an investigation of creating unique human fitting shaped dress forms. Many possibilities surfaced, and two became the most viable to present to the largest audience: the duct taped form and the paper taped form. September 2008
    • Draper at Opera Theatre St. Louis. St. Louis, MO, USA. Implementing designs for 4 operas: Mikado, La Traviata, Anna Karinina, I Puritani. Worked with designers to create patterns and finish details, conducted fittings, supervised a work team of 4 people to sew, tailor and alter costumes. May 2007-July 2007
    • Costume Design for The Diary of Anne Frank at St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley. St. Louis, MO, USA. Executing and implementing all design aspects for The Diary of Anne Frank. Worked with student and faculty cast. Feb 2007-April 2007
    • Costume Design for “A” My Name Will Always Be Alice at St. Louis Community College, Meramec. St. Louis, MO, USA. Executing and implementing all design aspects for “A” My Name Will Always Be Alice. A musical compilation of 2 previous musicals. The challenge was to make it look unique, interesting and contemporary on a modest budget. Mar 2007-April 2007
    • Costume Design for Jesus Hopped the “A” Train at St. Louis Community College, Meramec. St. Louis, MO, USA. Executing and implementing all design aspects for Jesus Hopped the “A” Train”. Interesting challenge to research as limited photo documentation of Riker Jail inmates available. Dec 2006-Feb 2007
    • Costume Design for Lysistrata at St. Louis Community College, Meramec. St. Louis, MO, USA. Executing and implementing all design aspects for Lysistrata. Invented hairpiece technique and used extensive custom dyeing to enhance designs. Sept 2006-Nov 2006
  • Outreach Projects
      • ESL tutor through St. Louis Community College Extension Programs. St. Louis, MO, USA. Worked 1-2 evenings a week with adults learning English as a second language. Focused on vocabulary building, grammar skills, conversation, acculturation and basic writing. Students wear primarily Bosnian, Latino, Albanian and Iranian in origin. Fall 2004-Fall 2006

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