Tara Maginnis' Hyperlinked Resume



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web site: Tara@costumes.org

EDUCATION: Theatre, University ofGeorgia, Dissertation:

FashionShows, Strip Shows, and Beauty Pageants: The Theatre of the Feminine Ideal

1pagesDissertationDissabst1991. Theatre,California State University, Fresno. Thesis: Costume Crafts InstructionManual, 1985. History,San Francisco State University, Magna Cum Laude, 1981. Work done also at Collegeof Marin `76-78, AGS Honor Society.

CertifiedOnline Instructor,Walden Institute, Certificate 2000.

California Community College Lifetime Credential


AssociateProfessor, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, 1997-Present,Assistant Professor 1990-97theatre@160x120.jpg TheatreDepartment

Head 1992-93, 2000-2002. Teach two courses per semesteramong

Costume Design andConstruction


AdvancedCostume Design and Construction, Theatre Costume History,

Historyof Fashion and Dress, Russian Costume History,

TheatreHistory II , Theatre Appreciation,

Art/Music/TheatreAesthetic AppreciationMostsemesters I’ve also taken on Independent studies such as Advanced TheatreMake-up, Dyeing and Painting for the Theatre, Millinery, American TheatreHistory, and Native American Skin Sewing, I am also Supervisor/Teacher of theTheatre Practicum students in the Costume area. Faculty Adviser, Student DramaAssociation, 1991-2, 1993-4, 1995-6, 1996-2000, 2002. Served as Alaskancoordinator for UAF's

American Russian Theatre (ART)program in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Assistant to the Russian Coordinatorwhile in Russia during the summers of 1992-1993. On leave at Theatre TerraMobile, Russia, 1994-5. Faculty Senate 1993, 1996-7. Chair, Faculty Appeals andOversight Committee 1999-2000, Vice chair of same 1998-1999, Scholarly AffairsCommittee, 1992-93. Core Curriculum Review Committee 1996-98, Faculty ServiceCommittee 1996-97, Faculty Development Committee 1996-97. UA-AAUP/AFTRepresentative Assembly Member 1999-2001. UA-AAUP/AFT Communications Committeemember 2001-present.

VisitingAssistant Professor, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, 1988-89:Costume Design and Construction, and Theatre Costume History. Hired as Costumedesigner and Costume shop manager (now two separate jobs) for a four showseason, plus teaching two classes.

GraduateTeaching Assistant, University of Georgia, 1985-87:Fall 1986: two sections of 30 students, Winter 1987: two sections of 30students, and Spring 1987: one section of 30 students, all of Appreciation ofWorld Drama, also assisted Costume Shop Manager during 1985-86 in supervisingwork of Theatre Practicum lab students.

GraduateTeaching Assistant, California State University, Fresno, 1983-85:Assisted in the teaching of Costume History, Advanced Costume Crafts, andIntroduction to Technical Theatre, wrote the Lab Manual for Advanced CostumeCrafts class as M.A. Project.


'Shaman Costumes' encyclopedia entry in upcoming, 2004


The Importance of BeingArtificial:Style as Substance inOscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest'inTheatre Design and Technology, Summer 2002

Assistant Editor andQuarterly Computer Columnist forThe Costume Research Journal


CostumeSites on the WWW #1:Favorites,'Fall 2000



CostumeSites on the WWW #2:CostumeSupplies,' Winter2000-2001


CostumeSites on the WWW #3:FetishCostuming, 'Spring2001'



Costume Sites on the WWW #4:Period Pattern Research and Commercial Patterns,'Summer 2001


CostumeSites on the WWW #5:WWII Resources,'Fall 2001


Makinga Web Site for Your Costume Program #1: Planning and Preparation,'Fall 2001


Makinga Web Site for Your Costume Program #2: Development',Winter2001-2002'



CostumeSites on the WWW #6:Masks, Fursuitsand Puppet Making, 'Spring2002


CostumeSites on the WWW #7:Teaching aboutCostumes'Summer2002


eCRJLinks to Related

Topics (web page links column which supplements the new online PDFversion of the Journal ) Fall 2002

'UAFin house pamphlets'“Sucking Students into Your WebSite” and “Faculty Web PageTips” 2000.


FakingFortuny “Delphos” Pleats'(with Lorraine Pettit) in Crossthreads Fiber Works Guild Nov. 1998

'PublishedAbstract: “You’ve Got To Have aGimmick”; Strip Show Costumes and Performer Individuality'Costume Society of America Region V Symposium Show Costumes; Dressing andUndressing for the Stage, Las Vegas, October 1996.

PuttingPersonality into Portfolios and ResumesinTheatre Design and Technology. Winter 1996.

'Russia: Livingon $500 a Monthin Transitions Abroad,1995-1996 Educational Travel Planner and Resource Guide Issue, Jul/Aug 1995.

KioskMan,(1994): a comedy without words performed jointly by Terra Mobile Theatre, St.Petersburg, Russia, and Perpetual Motion Theatre, London, UK, (two professional"Fringe" theatres) in 1995-96, work previewed in St. Petersburg July1995, opened in London in November 1995 and subsequently toured in England.


TheOmnigarment: Putting Design into the Hands of the Actor'in Theatre Design & Technology, Spring 1994.


CostumeCrafts at 50 Below: The Fairbanks Non Toxic Crafts Cookbook'in TD&T, Fall 1994.


AStudent's Guide to Budget Travel Planning'in College Monthly February 1994.


Perfumesfor the Period Scent'in The Lady's Gallery, July 1994

FreelanceAuthor, October 1994-1995, for The St.Petersburg Press misc.articles: Old and New Rituals at Play; WhenThe Sun Was God" (theatre review), TheColdest Theatre Event in the WorldFashionA-Z at the House of FashionThe

Empress'Old Clothes and Other Costumes, also, non-professional related articles:Practical Petersburg,

Where Cats are Tsars,and

Mushroom Magic:Mushroom Hunting at a Russian Dacha, etc. English language newspaper.


TheOmniCostume:32 Ways to a Period Silhouette'in USITT Theatre Technology Exhibit 1993 Catalog, catalog for a juriedexhibition at USITT.


NativeAlaskan Costume Bibliography'in TheNorthwest Drama Journal Spring 1993, Editor and Co-author.

"She Saves Who Sews for Victory"; Home Sewing on the American Home Front in Costume the Journal of the Costume Society (UK), 1992. Juried,international publication, only accepts 7-10 articles yearly from around theworld.

Co-editorand contributing authorConnections: The Russian American Theatre Journal Summer '92, journal fornow defunct UAF program.

'Quicker Corsetry'in Theatre Crafts, October 1990.


Stereographsas a Resource in Costume History'inTD&T, Spring 1987.


LibraryCostume Resources: A Supplement'in USITT Newsletter, April 1987


'Putting Your Costume Program onthe WWW' (MultimediaPresentation) The United States Institute for Theatre Technology AnnualConference, Long Beach, March 2001

'The History ofFashion and Dress Online'(Poster Presentation) at USITT, Long Beach, March 2001

'Costume Sites on the WWW'(Served on a Panel) Costume College June 2000, Van Nuys.'


'Multimedia inTheatre Education'(with Kade Mendelowitz) at The United States Institute for Theatre TechnologyAnnual Conference, March 2000, Denver.


SevenSteps to Putting your Costume Shop Online'

ComputerSevenstepsSevensteps(Poster Presentation) at The United States Institute for TheatreTechnology Annual Conference, March 2000, Denver.

'Magic Garments;Costumes for Ritual, Onstage and Off'International Costumer’s Guild Conference, Costume Con 15, Baltimore,May 1997. Also, workshop demonstrating 'Construction of Hats of the 1920’s', and leader of panel ofprofessional/academic costumer’s on 'Designinga Work Environment That Induces Artistic Creativity.'


Tara’sCheap Tricks for Faculty Web Page Design'a web based presentation done for the Second Annual TCC-L Online Conference ,1997. For more on this, see web page design.

'You’ve Got To Have a Gimmick”; Strip Show Costumes and PerformerIndividuality'Costume Society of America Region V Symposium Show Costumes; Dressing andUndressing for the Stage, Las Vegas, October 1996.

'Fabric Paintingfor Theatre Designand Convertible Costumes'Costume Con 14, Seattle, May 1996. Also appeared in the panel Writingfor Publication.


Transformation:The Stripper as Sexual Ideal'UCLA Burlesque Conference, March 14, 1993, Los Angeles, CA. Also, panelmember: Representations of Women inBurlesque. First national conference on the subject, invited as paidpresenter.

'TheatreEducation in the USA: The Liberal Arts Model'White Hall Seminars on Artistic Administration, 1992, The White Hall,Committee on Culture, St. Petersburg, Russian Republic.

'Tuma: AdaptingAlaska Native Costume for the Stage',and 'Resumes,Portfolios, and Job Hunting in a Free Market Theatre' and 'TheatreUAF: University Theatre in the USA, 'The Russian American TheatreConference, 1992, St.Petersburg, Russian Republic.

'The Non-ToxicCostume Shop'Northwest Drama Conference, Moscow, Idaho, 1992.

'Alaska NativeCostumeand Why Actors Hate Costumers and Vice VersaNWDC,1991, La Grande, Oregon.

'Painting Dyeingand Distressing Indoors in Alaska: Non-Toxic Costume Crafts Processes forUnventilated Spaces'and 'The Costumer and Kinko's: Uses forXeroxing and Other Media Services in Costume DesignConstruction,and Research'NWDC, 1989, Anchorage, Alaska.

'Fashion Films:Fashion Newsreels 1905-1987'Costume Society of America, Region IV Annual Conference, 1987, PalmBeach, Florida.

'Use of TailoringManuals to Date Men's Garments',and 'Writinga Research Paper in Costume History', guest lectures in the TextileMerchandising and Interiors Department, UGA, 1986.

'Hoopskirts as aLiberating Influence on Women in the 19th Century',guest lecture in the Humanities Department, SFSU, 1981.


TheUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks, 1988-Present:

The Magic Flute


12th Night

TheImportance of Being Earnest

Les LiaisonsDangereuses


Alicein Wonderland, (once with a student, once without),

TheThree Sisters

The Stronger

MissJulie (with student), Fish in a Tree

Who'sAfraid of Virginia Woolf?,

The Grand Tarot


The Threepenny Opera


The Island


The Mystery of Edwin Drood

TheComedy of Errors

The Glass Menagerie

CabaretThe Velveteen Rabbit

JesusChrist Superstar

Shows100pagesJesusNoises OffYouCan't Take It With YouThe Inspector General, AKTreasure Island

Much Ado About Nothing

Woyzeck70 Scenes of HalloweenLaughter on the 23rd Floor

Grease(co-designed with 5 students), Ubu Roi

RussianChristmas TaleFrankenstein



OfMice And Men

As You Like ItCurse ofthe Starving Class (co-designed with student),


The Successful Life of 3


Yahoo Nation



KlonDykes,Queens & Company, 1997 & 1999The Second Coming (Drag show, co-designed with student and shop manager)1999,

We Three Queens, (Drag show,co-designed with cast) 1999.

FairbanksLight Opera Theatre, 1995-97:


Guys and Dolls

UAF/TumaTheatre Co. (Alaska Native Theatre), 1991-1996

Qayaq: The Magical Man

Naam("I Don't Know"),

The Eagle's Gift.

UAFOpera Workshop, 1991-1996:

The Stoned GuestThe 614th CommandmentThe Old Maid and the ThiefThe BridgeThe Abduction of EuropaOpera ScenesAriadne Abandoned, and The Liberation of Theseus

TheFairbanks Drama Association, 1995:Fighting Over Beverly, (costume coordination only).

Theatre"Parijh", St.Petersburg, 1995-97:

Pflluft: The Little Ghost, and

KolokochikProstotak (The Bell That Rang For Itself), children's musical theatre,in Russian.

TheatreTerra Mobile, St.Petersburg, 1995,co-design with Mila Krajda-Kalen: Iz tuimi Veshei (Out of Darkness),performance art/movement theatre.

TheState Theatre Inst., St.Petersburg, Interstudio, 1994:

Chaika(The Seagull), Noch (Night).

TheRussian American Theatre, St. Petersburg, 1992:The Actor's Nightmare, Russian-English Dual Language Production, withAmerican students and Russian professionals.

Universityof Georgia, 1987:Comedy of Errors

TheGeorgia Resident Acting Company, 1985-86:

The Marriage ProposalLord Byron's LoveLetter, and The Romancers

PortableDance Troupe, Fresno, 1984-1985

Forms of Heaven, and Behind the Painted Grin,Modern Dance.

CaliforniaState University, Fresno, 1984-85:West Side Story (co-designed), True West.

JoaquinMiller Theatre, Oakland, 1983Paint Your Wagon, and Little Me!

RossValley Players, Ross, 1982:The Real Inspector Hound, and The Marriage Proposal.

AtticTheatre of San Francisco, 1981Ten Little Indians.

CobbElementary School, 1978-81, set and costume designs:CinderellaThe Little Nut TreeThe Twelve Dancing PrincessesHarriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, and The Dressmakerand the Queen, school plays.


TheCostumer’s Mega site, now gets 10,000 unique visitors a day with 30-70 thousandpage views a day,

History of Fashion andDress Online Class

Costume HistoryTime Line How-To and advice pages, online designs, links, and museum images

eCRJI was an adviser to the USITT Costume Commission about web (html)alternatives to the old print format of the Costume Research Journal, and developedan online prototypefor presentation to the membership.Ialso developed an alternative that uses an html links page “eCRJ”that connected with a downloadable PDF version of the Journal, which was usedfor the the final issues of CRJ, before USITT decided it was no longer going tocontinue the publication.

cla@160x120.jpg Collegeof Liberal Arts UAF

Site for the CLA Dean’s office at UAF

UnitedAcademics-AAUP/AFT Page(1996-1997) Since replaced by professional web designer.

UAFSummer Fine Arts Camp(1997-1999) Revised by students at later date.

UAFFilm Club (1997-1998)Revised by students at later date.

Tara’sCheap Tricks (for Faculty Web Page Design)a site commissioned for theSecond Annual TCC-L Online Conference, 1997.Still online.


[In addition topatterning and cutting many of my own shows, I have also cut the following showsby other designers.]

Directingtwo Independent Study courses in Pattern Drafting/Draping, 2000-2002.For a student of Fashion design wishing to prepare a portfolio for entryto FIT.

Universityof Georgia, 1986:The Pirates of PenzanceA Doll's HouseSix Characters inSearch of an Author

CaliforniaState University, Fresno, 1983-84:Ring 'Round The MoonPicnicThe Iceman Cometh.

SantaBarbara Repertory Theatre, 1984Man of La ManchaThe Island (Not Fugard's, but a big Greekthing).

DominicanCollege, San Rafael, 1983:The Barber of Seville, hired in on Opera.


[In addition to doing crafts on my own shows, I began mycostume career as a crafts worker on the shows of others.]

Directedan Independent Study in Native American Skin Sewing, 1996:for a Native American Student who wished to learn traditional skin sewing tomake a graduation dress.

UAF/TumaTheatre, 1992-94:



The Child From the Sea(masks).

Directedan Independent Study in Millinery, 1993:for seven people (!!!), at UAF.

Universityof Georgia, 1985As You Like It.

HoustonChildren's Theatre Festival, 1985Fat Pig

animal and fruit costumesJackand the Beanstalk (hats and shoes).

HoustonShakespeare Festival, 1985:Richard III (armor, crowns and misc.), Measure for Measure (hats,ruffs and shoes).

CaliforniaState University, Fresno, 1983-1984:Medea (belts and goddess cape), The Rose Tattoo (accessories), Tamingof the Shrew

plastic jewelry, accessories and hatsWhite Chicks (accessories).

ContraCosta College, 1983The Wiz

Tin Man),hired in as crafts expert.

DominicanCollege of San Rafael, 1981-1982:A Midsummer Night's Dream (hats, shoes and props), Beauty and theBeast (hats), Pippin

helmetsand crown), hired in as crafts expert.

LucasfilmLtd., 1981:Return of the Jedi, lowly crafts flunky on Major Motion Picture.

BerkeleyShakespeare Festival, 1981:Cymbeline, (hot glue & misc.).

Collegeof Marin, 1976-1977:DraculaThe Marriage of FigaroHotel ParadisoTheMerry Wives of Windsor (opera), Romeo And Juliet, Threepenny OperaPeterPanPericles, Prince of TyreThe Mikado (just abouteverything in crafts).


Directedan Independent Study course in

Dyeing and Painting for theTheatre, 1991: for twostudents, at UAF.

UA-Fairbanks& Tuma Theatre 1989-1994:

Jesus Christ Superstar(spray-dye), As YouLike It (dye resist, marbling), Russian Christmas Tale (distressing),Woyzeck (spatter-paint and spray-dye), Much Ado (squiggle paint,spraydye, and tie-dye), QayaqAgayuChild From the SeaUtetmunThe Eagle's Gift

The Mikado(handpainting).

Universityof Georgia, 1986The Boyfriend (vat dyeing).

CSU-Fresno/PortableDance Troupe, 1984-1985:

Forms of Heaven(airbrushing), Medea (puffpaint).

DominicanCollege of San Rafael, 1982: Beautyand The Beast (stenciling).


Costumesat Theatre UAF 1988-2001(exhibited fall 2001) display held in conjunction with the exhibition ofmaterials on display for the UAF University-Wide Assessment.

TheatreUAF Costume History Collection, 1995-PresentPresently working on the project of collecting, organizing and safely storing a200+ piece collection of historic costumes 1850-1990 for study purposes in thecostume department.

RassmussenLibrary "UAF Theatre Arts Collection" 1993-Present:Starting in `93, I began digging up, labeling, and donating items relating tothe history of Theatre at UAF; renderings, photographs, posters, tapes, etc. Inow typically donate a full packet of the above for each new show we produce atUAF, these donations have become so many that the Library archives have nowdeclared this the "UAF Theatre Arts Collection".

RussianAmerican Theatre Conference, 1992:Designed and installed a display of costume and puppet designs by GalinaMetelichenko and Almira Ebrigramova in the Baltic House Theatre Center, St.Petersburg, Russia.

UGACollege of Home Economics, 1986:Photographed and

catalogedall the men's clothing items in the Costume Collection.

MeuxHome Museum, Fresno, California, 1985:Designed and installed an exhibit of antique Edwardian costumes.

Various Costumes onDisplay, 1991-92: In Fairbanks Art Association Wearable Art Fashion Show, 1991& 1992, in UAF Museum exhibit Art To Wear, 1991, in Ghosts,Phantoms and Other Critters, juried exhibit, at the Artlink Gallery,Illinois, 1992, at Juried exhibit at the USITT Convention in 1993, and atthe NWDC 1992

FineArts Museums* of San Francisco, 1980:Co-cataloged the entire costume collection of the Museums* with anothervolunteer, about 150 items at the time, included dating and photographing mostcostumes. (*M.H. De Young Memorial Museum/Palace of the Legion of Honor).

FloodMansion*, 1980:Co-designed and installed an exhibit of 1905-15 costumes from the Fine ArtsMuseums' collection, with another volunteer. (*Convent of the Sacred Heart).


Marquis Who’s Who, 1999

Who’s Who in theWest, 1997.

Who's Who AmongAmerica’s Teachers, 1996.

30 assorted web design awards, 1996-2002,including the prestigious Angel of Fashion Award, all for The Costumer’sManifesto web site.

Northwest DramaConference/KC-ACTF, Special Achievement Award, 1992: For Costume Design for

Qayaq,UAF, 1991.

Gold Key NationalScholar 1985

College of Marin,1977: Annual Drama Department Drama Banquet Costume Award.


2001-present:Building new online versions of the courses

CostumeDesign and Construction and Theatre Makeup

1999-2001: Createdfirst online costume course,

TheHistory of Fashion and Dress now offered each spring.

CurriculumDevelopment, UAF, 1992-93: Authored and successfully submitted 7 courses forUAF's American-Russian Theatre program, improved curriculum and catalogdescriptions on 4 existing UAF courses.


MobileTheatre, co-wrote successfulTechnology Fund grant proposal 2001.

Organized, Directedand Performed as M.C., 1994, for The Lee Salisbury Theatre Renaming Gala, a fullevening fund-raiser variety show using 26 student and community performinggroups, including a female barbershop quartet, two feminist performance artists,five full chorus musical numbers and two ballets.

Performed as TristanTzara, 1993: 1993 UAF Dead Writers Conference, reading from his DadaManifesto 1918, and at Open Stage, read his How to Write a Dada Poem,also guest lectured on Dada for Frank Soos' class in English.

ProfessionalStitcher, 1981-83: Wedding dress cutter and stitcher, for store selling replicaEdwardian wedding gowns out of antique materials.

Costume stitcher,American Conservatory Theatre, The Admirable Crichton, Marin OperaCompany, La Cenderillion, Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, Julius CaesarTaming of The Shrew, The Lamplighters, Utopia, LtdRuddigore,and for Delights and Designs Costume Rentals.

Public ServiceAssistance to Fairbanks Community, 1990-Present: Regular bi-weekly workproviding advice, costume coordination and lending services to Fairbankscommunity theatres, schools, church theatres, and UAF Faculty and studentgroups. The costume shop regularly lends out about 1000 items to about 100groups a year, all selection of which is my direct responsibility. When freightcosts are prepaid by the receiver, I have even shipped entire shows, selected byme, to community theatres in Bethel, and Unakleet.

Public ServiceWorkshops: I also regularly give free public/school workshops on costume andmakeup both at UAF and at local schools. In the past this has included operatinga fundraising Makeup Booth for KSUA at the State Fair, giving a series of fourcostume and makeup workshops prior to Halloween, (one at Value Village), andmaking a presentation on the history of costume in the Ancient World for theentire 5th grade of Ladd School.



creative writing

computerart, stereo (3-D) photography, video, mycology (

mushroomhunting), acrylic

painting, beginningconversational Russian. I also have

trainedmy cat to jump through a hoop


Web site authoring,(familiar with Microsoft Front Page,

AdobePhotoshop, Adobe Premiere, Macromedia Director, Netscape, Microsoft Word,GIF Construction Set, Microsoft Publisher, Winsock FTP, Windows, and Photo Workssoftware), draping, flat-patterning, sewing, millinery, foam sculpting, dyeing,distressing, painting, leatherwork, latex casting, acrylic casting, fancovering, muslin and paper mache Celastic and Hexalite sculpting, crude birdtaxidermy, and Eskimo skin sewing.


(Director/former UAF Dept. Chair)

(musical director/director UAF Opera Workshop)

(Scene Designer/Former UAF Guest Artist)

(TD/Current UAF Dept. Chair)

(UAF Director/Former Dept. Chair)

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