University of Houston

The Costume Survey

Description provided by the program

We offer a professional training program in costume design and costume technology, mentored by working professionals. The goal of the program is to prepare the student for a professional career in the entertainment industry. Students will work on productions in a variety of venues and performance genres. Graduate design students will design at least one production each semester of the three-year program. The program has ongoing relationships with the Alley Theatre, Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera.

Areas of Focus

  • Design (MFA)
  • Costume Technology (MFA)
  • Production (BFA)

Degrees Offered

  • MFA: Design, Technology
  • BFA: Theatre Production with Costume Emphasis


  • Kevin Rigdon: Head of Graduate Design.
  • Paige A. Willson: Costume Design andTechnology.
  • Claremarie Verheyen: Costume History..
  • Barbara Niederer: Head of Costume Technology.


  • Margaret Crowley: Costume Shop Supervisor, Cutter/Draper, Instructor

General Contact Information

Kevin Rigdon/Paige A. Willson
School of Theatre and Dance
University of Houston
133 CWM
Houston, Texas 77204-4016
713-743-2868 (Rigdon)
713-743-8090 (Willson)
FAX: 713-748-1420

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