Costume Shop Supervisor
About DeAnna Rowe
DeAnna Rowe joined the faculty of the Theatre and Dance Department in Fall of 2014. She supervises all the work that goes through the costume shop, monitoring the students each afternoon during Costume Lab. She teaches Beginning Costume Construction, Introduction to Theatre Design, and Costume Construction Pattern-making.
DeAnna earned her MFA in Theatre Costume Design and Technology from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, 1998. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in French and Fashion Merchandising from Baker University in Baldwin City, KS, 1991. She is a member of Alpha Psi Omega, honorary theatre fraternity, Cardinal Key, and Alpha Mu Gamma, honorary foreign language fraternity.
DeAnna was an Assistant Professor of Costume Design and Technology at Allentown College
of St. Francis DeSales in Center Valley, PA. During that time she received an award
for Excellence in Costume Design from the Kennedy Center American College Theater
Festival for her designs for Tom Stoppard's On the Razzle.
As Head of the MFA Costume Technology program at Ohio University in Athens, OH, DeAnna taught undergraduate costume design classes and graduate and undergraduate costume technology classes including mask-making, wig making and styling, pattern drafting and draping, and costume construction.
She has also taught Fashion Sewing at The Art Institute of Hollywood, California Design College.
As a costume professional DeAnna has worked as a Lead Cutter/Draper and designer at South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, CA, University of California at Irvine and Cal State Long Beach. Other theatres in which she has worked include The Laguna Playhouse, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Ballet, American Players Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Glimmerglass Opera. More recently she was thrilled to work with the William Ivey Long Studios in the touring production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.
DeAnna continues to accept custom commissions for a wide variety of costumes and special event clothing.
Research and Scholarly Activities
DeAnna opened her professional costume commission business in 2005 catering to clients wanting couture for special events and a DeAnna Designs Original creation. In 2012 she changed the name of the business to Gypsy Dream Studios in keeping with a more diverse clientele. At Gypsy Dream Studios DeAnna designs and creates high-end one of a kind costumes to help clients explore their inner Superheroes and Unconventional Wedding Dreams. She has designed or built costumes for music videos, Broadway touring productions and exotic hair styling runway shows. The words Cosplay, Steampunk, Renaissance, Trekkies, Gothic Lolita have been used to describe some of her commissions. You can see some of her creations at www.GypsyDreamStudios.com.