Aimee M Johnson

Costume Design &Technology

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Brenau University (The Gainesville Theatre Alliance)                                                         Gainesville, Georgia

Costume Shop Supervisor                                                                                                   August 2016-Present

  • Supervise Costume Practicum

  • Schedule and supervise Work Study Students

  • Set and manage shop deadlines

  • Work with Designer to realize designs in productions

  • Draft, drape, and engineer patterns to build costumes from

  • Create student teams to create projects and realize designs

  • Style wigs and teach wig styling

  • Teach and create advanced makeup designs including prosthetics

  • Create and train student wardrobe crews

  • Create and train student wig crews

  • Manage show and shop budgets

  • Coordinate purchasing with student and guest designers

  • Adjunct teach courses as needed

 

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL                                                                                                                   Las Vegas, Nevada

Interim Lead Technician                                                                                    Zarkana, Sept. 2015 – Jan. 2016

  • Conduct fittings of new costumes and for new artists going into the show.

  • Prioritize shop work load and show needs for each day.

  • Prepare packets for pattern changes and update inventory.

  • Pull and prepare items as needed for press events.

  • Support trainings as needed.

 

Wardrobe Craft Technician                                                                                Zarkana, Sept. 2012 – May 2019

  • Conduct fittings of hats, headpieces and accessories for existing and new artists.

  • Maintain all hats, headpieces and accessories for the show. Maintain all airbrush on show costumes. Dye when needed.

  • Prepare packets for pattern changes and update inventory.

  • Pull and prepare items as needed for press events.

  • Assist with emergency repairs in costume and shoe areas as needed.

 

Wardrobe Technician                                                                                       Viva Elvis, Sept. 2009 – Sept. 2012

  • Repair and maintain costumes for the show.

  • Assist with emergency repairs in heads and shoe areas as needed.

  • Assist in show tracks as needed.

 

LAKE TAHOE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL                                                                          Incline Village, Nevada

First Hand                                                                                                                        May 2009 – August 2009

  • Assist draper in constructing costumes.  Includes assisting in fittings, patterning pieces as needed and instructing stitchers

 

THE LONG WHARF THEATRE                                                                                          New Haven, Connecticut

Costume Design Assistant                                                                                              August 2008 – May 2009

  • Maintain budgets for each of 6 shows for the season.

  • Assist designers with shopping or pulling rental pieces for the shows.

  • Conduct fittings and organize alterations.

  • Head any projects involving dye, distressing, or other craft work.

 

PENN STATE UNIVERSITY                                                                                     University Park, Pennsylvania

Graduate Teaching Assistant                                                                          THEA 130, Fall 2006-Spring 2008

  • Assist in teaching introductory sewing course

  • Basic skills taught include: zippers, buttons and button holes, snaps, hooks and eyes, straight stitching, bias binding, pockets

 

PENN STATE UNIVERSITY                                                                                     University Park, Pennsylvania

Graduate Shop Supervisor                                                                                                 Fall 2005-Spring 2008

  • Supervise undergraduate students in the costume shop

  • Assign projects and direct students in building and altering shows

     

The Santa Fe Opera                                                                                                             Santa Fe, New Mexico

Stitcher                                                                                                                               May 2007-August 2007

  • Work with draper and first hands to create costumes for the season’s repertory shows.

 

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY                                                       Tampa, Florida

Instructor                                                                              Clothing Construction 2, Spring 2004-Spring 2005

  • Teach second level of sewing class.

  • Teach students to make dirndl skirt with inseam pockets and invisible zipper

  • Teach men’s dress shirt and vest

 

Instructor                                                                                                                     Costume Design, Fall 2004

  • Teach fashion students an introduction to costume design

  • Teach students how to design individual characters and make those characters part of a whole

  • Teach students basic script analysis

     

ADDITIONAL RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

 

CIRCUS COUTURE 2015                                                                                                May 2015 – October 2015

Costume Designer/Supervisor

  • Work with performers and artistic directors to create costumes that work with the acrobatic and clown acts and fit with the theme of the show.

  • Build costumes for the show.

  • Run the rehearsals and the show the day of the event.

 

CIRCUS COUTURE 2014                                                                                                May 2014 – October 2015 Costume Coordinator, Collaboration Runway Designer

  • Work with performers and artistic directors to create costumes that work with the acrobatic and clown acts and fit with the theme of the show.

  • Build costumes for the show.

  • Run the rehearsals and the show the day of the event.

  • Design and build a piece for the collaboration runway.

 

CIRCUS COUTURE 2012 and 2011                                                 

Collaboration Runway Designer

  • Design and build a piece for the collaboration runway.

 

EDUCATION

 

MFA Costume Design, The Pennsylvania State University, August 2008

BFA, Design and Technical Theatre, The University of Central Florida, December 2002

 

SPECIAL SKILLS

 

Comfortable on both PC and MAC, Microsoft Office, Photoshop; experienced dyer, milliner, shoe work, airbrush, glass cutting, knitting, fabric painting, silicone work, rhinestone setting, jewelry, accessory work, pattern drafting and draping, tailoring, glue work, leather work, thermoplastics, fabric manipulation and modification, body casting, two-part mold prosthetics - including silicone and foam latex

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