Professor, Costume Design
LAURA CROW is an internationally known designer whose costumes have been seen in over 300 productions as far away as Japan and Yugoslavia as well as in England, Continental Europe and the United States. Her work is best known to New Yorkers through her poetic realism designs for Lanford Wilson’s productions on Broadway and as the resident designer for Circle Rep for 13 years Off-Broadway. Her many awards include the Drama Desk, Obie, Villager, Maharam and American Theatre Wing Award (New York Broadway and off-Broadway), the Drama-Logue and BackStage West Garland Award (Los Angeles), Joseph Jefferson Awards (Chicago), the Bay Area Critics Award (San Francisco), two Zoni Awards (for Phoenix area), and The Berkshire Eagle Award (New England) for her costume designs for Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare & Co, in Lenox, MA. She has been selected five times to be among those representing American Theatre Design at the Prague Quadrennial and is Vice Chair for the Americas for The Costume Design Group for The International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians (OISTAT). Laura is a Professor of Costume History and Design and also the Director of the Design program at the University of Connecticut, yet continues to design for professional theatre. Recent productions include the East Coast Premiere of a new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by Joe Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan, and The Last Will by Robert Brustein about the end of Shakespeare’s life when he returned to Stratford and Anne Hathaway and his two daughters. The Last Will was featured at the new Wuzhen Theatre Festival outside of Shanghai China after it’s run in New York City in the spring of 2013. Laura’s costume designs were on display two years ago at Lincoln Center in the exhibition, Curtain Call: Celebrating A Century of Women Designing for Live Performance that highlighted 100 women designers in the USA from 1900 – 2000. In the fall of 2013, her designs for Hunger, conceived and directed by Helene Kvale at Real Art Ways in Hartford, were chosen to be one of 100 selected for the World Stage Design in Cardiff, Wales, sponsored by OISTAT. Laura was elected a Fellow for the United States Institute of Theatre Technology on 2009, and awarded a Distinguished Professor of Research in the Humanities by the UCONN Alumni Association in 2010. Recognized as a Distinguished Professor by the School of Fine Arts in 2011, she has also been rewarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Laura Crow is proud to have been a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in the Philippines in 2002 studying multi-culturalism in festival costumes, and continues to build a research bank of primary source materials for Costume History and World Costume, along with preparing a Virtual Museum featuring items from The UCONN Historical Costume and Textile Collection. A chapter written by Professor Crow about Teaching Beginning Costume Design, is featured in the book titled, Inspired Teaching, published in March of 2013, and her work was recently featured in the exhibit catalogue for the World Costume Design 2013. An article about preparing the exhibition Women of New England; Dress from the Industrial Age 1850 – 1900, that Laura Crow curated, drawing over 13,000 visitors to the UCONN campus, was featured in the summer issue of Theatre Design & Technology. The exhibition Princess for a Day: Bridal Gowns from 1860 – 1960, was displayed at the Dodd Research Center from May through August of 2013. Her most recent exhibition about Beatrice Fox Auerbach; The Woman, Her World and Her Wardrobe featuring garments from the UCONN Historical Costume and Textile Collection, opened in July and was open until the end of September at the Mandell Jewish Community Center in West Hartford and will be opened again at the Hartford Public Library for World History Month in February, March and April of 2014, followed by an exhibition at the Jorgenson Gallery from May through August of 2014.
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