Ali Filipovich

Visiting Assistant Professor of Costume Design, Department of Theatre & Dance

3745 Central Ave, Theatre Building
Office Hours
T/TH 10 am-11:30 am and by appointment TH129
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About Ali Filipovich

Ali Filipovich received her Bachelor of Arts in theatre technical design with an emphasis in costumes from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. After graduating she worked as a full-time dyer and costume technician at Vstar Entertainment creating Sesame Street Live and Paw Patrol Live. In addition, she worked as a freelance costume designer in the Twin Cities area for Ashland Productions and SonLight Dance Studios. 

After some time, she left the Twin Cities and moved to work as the costume shop supervisor at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. There she taught and mentored student workers while managing production, budgeting, and labor of the costume shop. She also served as a draper, dyer, and crafts head as well as designing various productions. It was here that she discovered her love for teaching at Luther College and decided to pursue her Master of Fine Arts. 

Ali received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Memphis. During her time there she began teaching as an adjunct professor in the Theatre department and the Fashion department. After graduation, she worked at Ballet Memphis as the costume shop manager and continued to teach in the fashion department as an adjunct professor. She is incredibly excited to be back at the University of Memphis teaching full-time.


MFA, Theatre Costume Design, University of Memphis, 2022

BA, Theatre Technical Design emphasis in costumes and Spanish, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 2016


Costume Shop Manager, Ballet Memphis, 2022-2023
Adjunct Professor, University of Memphis Fashion Department, Computer Patternmaking and Sewing for Industry Professionals,  2021-2023
Graduate Assistant, University of Memphis, 2019- 2022
Adjunct Professor, University of Memphis Theatre Department, Stage Makeup, 2020
Costume Shop Supervisor, Luther College, 2018-19
Dyer/Costume Technician, Vstar Entertainment, 2017-18
Costume Technician, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Theatre Department, 2013-2016

Costume & Fashion Design
Junie B.’s Essential Guide…, Director: Daniel Stuart Nelson, Playhouse on the Square, 2022
Stalagmites Vs. Stalactites, Wearable Art, Fashion show, University of Memphis, 2022
A Bright Room Called Day, Director: Jamie Warrow, University of Memphis, 2022
Memphis Fashion Week, Emerging Designers Program, Memphis Fashion Week, 2021
Lest We Forget, Lead Choreographer: Jill Guyton Nee, University of Memphis, 2020
Hamlet: Fall of the Sparrow, Director: Holly L. Derr, University of Memphis, 2020
The Last Cyclist, Director: Noah Tiegs, Luther College, 2019
The Giver, Director: Grace Huber, Luther College, 2019
Mnemonic Prepositions, Choreographer: Jane Hawley, Luther College, 2019
The Addams Family Musical, Director: Christopher Teipner, Ashland Productions, 2018
Sonlight Dance Recital, Choreographer: Megan Davis, Sonlight Dance, 2017
Proof, Director: Walter Elder, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 2015

Honors and Awards

Excellence in Costume Design for, A Bright Room Called Day, Memphis Ostrander’s, 2022
Green Fee Grant, Reducing the Environmental Impact of Costume Design, University of Memphis, 2021-22         
Graduate Student Creative Achievement Award, University of Memphis, 2021
Undergraduate Research Grant, Evolution of the Flamenco Dress, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 2015