Acting Assistant Professor of Costume Design
Department of Performance, Play & Design
University of California, Santa Cruz
I am a theatrical designer, Assistant Professor of Costume Design, and visual artist from Costa Rica. I earned my BFA degree in Arts and Visual Communications from the National University of Costa Rica and received my MFA in Scenography from the University of Kansas, graduating with honors. Previously, I served as the Assistant Professor of Costume Designed at Kennesaw State University.
My formal education and design experience reflect my ability to develop a comprehensive and global visual environment for theatre and dance shows, in addition to a mastery of representation and rendering techniques. I have more than ten years of technical and design experience in dance and theater and more than four years of undergraduate teaching experience. I am the proud recipient of the Ethel Hinds Burch Outstanding New GTA in Theatre Award (2014) and the Ethel Hinds Burch Outstanding GTA in Theatre Award (2015) in recognition of my excellence in teaching.
After receiving a Tinker Field Research grant, I visited Guatemala to develop contextual research and collect reference materials for my research in the Mayan dance/drama of Rabinal Achí. Developing this project has allowed me to deepen my interest in exploring the intersections of theatrical design, arts, and the Latinamerican - Indigenous identity, particularly in the ceremonial dance/dramas of Mesoamérica. Currently, my areas of interest include Latinamerican and Indigenous Ceremonial dance/drama, intersectionality in the design fields (design for diversity), anti-racism in the practice of costume, makeup, and hair design, and computer-aided design, animation, and digital rendering techniques.
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