Arts Publicity Assistant,
Costume Shop Supervisor
Theatre & Dance
Lang Performing Arts Center 004, Lang Performing Arts Center 016
Tara Webb is a Swarthmore alum and a theatre artist specializing in costume design. She is especially interested in sustainability in costumes and the nodes where technology and fashion intersect. She is the Costume Shop Supervisor as well as the Arts Publicity Assistant for the Theater Department and Dance Programs at Swarthmore College.
Custom New York designs include: Chimera, with Deborah Stein '99 and Suli Holum '97, Cynthia Hopkins' internationally toured productions of Accidental Nostalgia, Must Don't Whip 'Em, and Failure of Success, Liz Sargent's Work-in-Progress at Chez Bushwick, A Gentleman Caller for Clubbed Thumb at the Ohio Theatre, Koosilja Hwang in Deadman Dancing and mecha(Output), Young Jean Lee's The Appeal at Soho Rep, Theatre of the Two-Head Calf's Major Barbara at LaMama, John Jesarun's staging of the Harry Parch opera Delusion of the Fury at the Japan Society as well as many other individual commissions. She worked with the Wooster Group from 1998 to 2004 with both costume and video on the productions of House/Lights, North Atlantic, Hairy Ape, To You The Birdie! and the restaging of Brace Up! (2003). She also collaborated with the Collapsable Giraffe from 1999 to 2007 as a performer, costumer, and video artist and has also worked in wardrobe for the National Theatre of Scotland, TR Warzawa, Mabou Mines, and the West Bay Opera Company. She is currently teaching and freelancing in the Philadelphia area and her current designs include: The Garden and Return, Return Departure for Nichole Canuso Dance Company and 27 for New Paradise Laboratories as well as a garden sculpture installation project with the East Park Revitalization Alliance in Philadelphia.
Other designs include custom wedding dresses, various commissions, custom soft goods and interior designs for many restaurants and businesses, as well as video design for Stanley (2006) with Lisa D'Amour and several video/set installations for theatre at Swarthmore College for the 2009-2010 school year.