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Stark, Theodore Senior Instructor

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Research

research overview

  • My research and expertise is based in the world of theatrical Costume Construction. While performers appear to be wearing clothes on stage, costumes are actually quite different than fashion. Beyond the obvious differences where period costumes are concerned, theatrical costumes need to be constructed in durable but lightweight manner to evoke character, while enduring multiple performances and unusual activity present in theatrical production (sword fighting, extreme choreography, flying). Furthermore, creation of character via fabric requires knowledge of physics as it relates to fibers, weaves and the way that fabrics react to gravity and mold over the body. For example, cotton is a very common fiber from which fabric is made, but comes in numerous styles: denims, coutils, jersey knits, corduroys, sateens, etc. Each of these fabrics react very differently to gravity and mold the body in very disparate manners.

keywords

  • arts, performance, costume, design, physics, chemistry, textiles, history, art history, career development, fashion

Teaching

courses taught

  • THTR 1115 Costume Technologies (Spring 2019)
  • THTR 2849 Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • THTR 3035 Production Practicum (Spring 2019)
  • THTR 3849 Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • THTR 4149 Theatre Internship (Spring 2019)
  • THTR 4555 Production Studio (Spring 2019)
  • THTR 4849 Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • THTR 5025 Costume Patterning and Construction (Spring 2019)
  • THTR 5849 Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • THTR 6005 Production Research and Practicum: Designing (Spring 2019)
  • THTR 6849 Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • THTR 4149 Theatre Internship (Fall 2018)
  • THTR 4555 Production Studio (Fall 2018)
  • THTR 4849 Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • THTR 5065 Theatrical Tailoring (Fall 2018)
  • THTR 5849 Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • THTR 6005 Production Research and Practicum: Designing (Fall 2018)
  • THTR 6849 Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • THTR 6949 Master's Candidate (Fall 2018)
  • THTR 6959 Master's Thesis (Fall 2018)
  • THTR 1115 Costume Technologies (Spring 2018)
  • THTR 2849 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • THTR 3035 Production Practicum (Spring 2018)
  • THTR 3849 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • THTR 4149 Theatre Internship (Spring 2018)
  • THTR 4555 Production Studio (Spring 2018)
  • THTR 4849 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • THTR 5025 Costume Patterning and Construction (Spring 2018)
  • THTR 5849 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • THTR 6005 Production Research and Practicum: Designing (Spring 2018)
  • THTR 6849 Independent Study (Spring 2018)

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