Professor of Costume Design
Department of Dramatic Arts
802 Bolton Rd., Unit 1127
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1127
Laura Crow (BFA Boston University, School of Fine Arts; MFA University of Wisconsin; Post Graduate work at the Courtauld Institute, University of London, dating paintings through historical dress) A former faculty member of the University of Michigan, the University of Massachusetts and Brandeis University, Ms. Crow has been designing on and Off-Broadway since the early 70’s.
As a resident designer for the Circle Repertory Theatre for 13 years, she has been most closely identified with the plays of Lanford Wilson and the Poetic Realism movement in the American Theatre. Broadway credits include The Redwood Curtain, Burn This, and Fifth of July, all by Lanford Wilson, as well as The Seagull, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Water Engine and WARP. Ms. Crow’s many awards reflect her work in New York and many regional theatres. Among them are the DRAMA DESK, OBIE, VILLAGER, AMERICAN THEATER WING and MAHARAM AWARDS (NY), DRAMALOGUE and BACK STAGE WEST GARLAND AWARD (LA), BAY AREA CRITICS AWARD (San Francisco), ARIZONI AWARD (Phoenix), JOSEPH JEFFERSON AWARD (Chicago) and a HELEN HAYES AWARD nomination (Washington, DC).
Her designs have been seen in over 300 productions worldwide including most of the European countries and Yugoslavia, Japan and Micronesia. Her Designs have been selected five times to be among those representing American Theatre at the prestigious PRAGUE QUADRENNIAL. Mrs. Crow is currently working on a new Musical titled A Night at the Alhambra Cafe a multicultural musical that incorporates Classical, Opera, Pop, Reggaton and Jazz music. She recently designed The Kids Left, The Dog Died, Now What? for the New York Musical Theatre Festival in New York City and The English Channel, by Robert Brustein, about Shakespeare and Marlowe during the Plague year in London 1693, at Abingdon Theatre, NYC. Laura Crow is the Chair of the Costume Working Group for the Scenography Commission of OISTAT, the International Organization of Theatre Designers, Architects and Technicians, and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local #829 in NYC. Professor Crow was the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Fellowship to study multi-cultural aspects of Filipino Festival Dress during her sabbatical in Asia in 2002. Professor Crow’s work may be seen in Lincoln Center this year as part of Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designers for Live Performance, opening November 17, 2008 until May of 2009.