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Marilyn  Deighton

Marilyn Deighton

Assistant Professor, Costume Technology and Design



Marilyn holds an MFA in costume technology from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Currently, she teaches stagecraft, costume construction, pattern drafting, corsetry, dancewear, and she supervises the student workforce in the costume shop and is the Draper/Tailor for all of the theatre department’s productions. Previously, she was a lecturer and Draper/Tailor at the University of Maryland – College Park and an Assistant Professor of Costume Technology at the University of Mississippi.  Professionally, Marilyn has been the Costume Shop Director for Paper Mill Playhouse in its New York City Costume Shop, Costume Director for Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Costume Shop Manager for North Carolina’s Shakespeare Festival and a freelance Men’s Tailor for The Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage and Wolf Trap Opera in the Washington, D.C. area.  In addition, she was a tailor for the Broadway version of Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk designed by Paul Taswell and a draper for the Robert Altman film “Cookie’s Fortune” starring Glenn Close and Julianne Moore.  She has designed and built over 200 productions in the Florida Tampa Bay area for various dinner and community theatres. In 2011, she created the costumes and unique lightweight fat suits for the French-language touring company Le Theatre de la Chandelle Verte’s production of La Farce de Maitre Pathelin. Currently Marilyn is researching the wardrobe profession from Broadway to regional theatres and entertainment venues like Cirque du Soleil, Feld Entertainment, Networks and Disney. Her research will include a publication documenting the history of the Broadway Wardrobe Union which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016.  

Current Research

19th Century Menswear;

Educational Background

MFA - Costume Technology - North Carolina School of the Arts (1997); BFA - Design and Production - North Carolina School of the Arts (1995)

Current Involvement

United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT):Member of the Costume Commission,Portfolio Reviewer and Poster Session presenter. Draper:Kavinoky Theatre - Buffalo,NY; Maples Repertory Theatre - Macon, MO