THEA 004C. Costume Design
This course will focus on costume design and introduce methods that apply to designing for stage. In class, we will take a look at the costume designer's responsibilities as an artist and collaborator and explore the relationship between text, concept, and production. In addition to formal lecture, we will discuss fabrics and colors and how they relate to light and scenery in performance, and we will explore different medium and techniques for presentation of a design. A lab component of this class will introduce the student to costume shop operation and equipment in addition to a brief overview of costume history. The course is designed to serve all students regardless of prior experience in theater production.
About the Professor
Laila Swanson received an MFA in Set Design with a minor in Costume Design from Temple University in 1994 and has been the Assistant Professor at Swarthmore College since 2009.
She has previously taught classes in Costume and Set Design at Arcadia University, and has been designing sets and costumes for productions in Scandinavia as well as in the US. Her most recent productions are Funnyhouse of a Negro at Brown University, directed by Kym Moore, and Hayavadana at Swarthmore College, directed by Erin Mee. She continues to design for Production Ensemble once a year.
Laila was the Costume Shop Supervisor at Swarthmore College in 2005-2009, and is a long standing member IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees) as both costume designer and scenic painter. Her work as scenic painter includes the movies of M. Night Shyamalan.
For graduating classes through 2013, this course fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors and is open to all students without prerequisite.