Upcoming Workshop

Costume Design
June 27-30, 2016
Monday through Thursday, 8:30am – 4:30pm
George Fox University
Newberg Campus
Cost: $495
(Optional: up to 3 graduate credits available for additional fee)

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Geared toward high school teachers and staff, this course is designed to deepen your understanding of costume design for live theatre. We will examine the functions of costumes for live performance, identify types of fabric and explore their uses, and discuss various color pallets on stage. We will cover the major periods in costume history, and identify their lines and silhouettes. We will walk through the design process from conceptualization to implementation, exploring industry standard paperwork and techniques for drawing, pattern making, and costume construction.

Through a series of hands-on exercises and projects that you can use in your classes, you will build the skills you need to flesh out your creative ideas on stage. In addition, we will explore ways to adapt professional practices to the unique challenges that face educational theatre artists, specifically the limits of time, money, and working with volunteers.

Participants can take the four-day course for 2 graduate-level semester credits and choose an optional third credit for work related to a class or production at a home school or theatre. Additional fee of $100 per credit hour is required.


Sandra Rocha Kaufman teaches costume design at George Fox University. She made her design debut in Portland Opera’s world premiere of Wuthering Heights. Design assignments with numerous theatre and opera companies include Girl of the Golden WestLohengrinA Little Night MusicRigolettoAmadeus, and the Magic Flute. During her career, she has designed costumes for more than 50 musicals. Favorites are: The MikadoTintypesBrigadoonMerry WidowHello Dolly, and Into The Woods. Sandra is also a sculptor and can be found selling her work at art shows and markets throughout the Portland area.

Bryan Boyd is a theatre professor at George Fox University where he runs the design and technical theatre program. His designs for George Fox include scenery, lighting, sound, projections, and masks. Bryan has designed for several professional theaters in the northwest, including Artists Repertory Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, Sound Theatre Company, Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Northwest Children’s Theater, and WWU Summer Repertory Theatre. Bryan has an MFA from the University of Portland and has received several awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, including being named one of its 2006 Celebrated Teaching Artists. His portfolio is available at bryanboyddesign.com.