I am Professor of Theatre in the Department of Performing Arts, specializing in costume design and technology at Clemson University. I also teach African American Theatre I & II and special topics in costume design.
My professional credits include Geva Theatre in Rochester, NY, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY, Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo, MD, Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville, GA, and Warehouse Theatre and Centre Stage in Greenville, SC. I was a costume designer for over 100 productions, including A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, THE CAKE, IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR, A VIBRATOR PLAY, INTIMATE APPAREL, FENCES, MACBETH, and DUTCHMAN, and the world premiere of POWER OF SAIL. I was also an Artistic Associate and resident costume designer at Warehouse Theatre, a professional theatre in Greenville, SC, for several years.
I also study historical clothing, mainly clothes worn by African Americans, and how dress was a form of self-expression during enslavement, Reconstruction, and the Jim Crow era. My research includes the influences and juxtaposition of African and Western dress on the enslaved people in America.
I received my MFA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and earned my Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University.