Professor Emerita of Costume History, Costume Design & Technology and former Head of Design
Laura Crow has designed theatre costumes in New York on Broadway and Off-Broadway – as resident designer for The Circle Repertory Theatre for 13 years – in London’s West End and as resident designer for Greenwich Theatre, in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, former Yugoslavia, Japan, South Korea, China and for most of the Regional Theatres in the United States. Among her awards are the Drama Desk, OBIE, American Theatre Wing, and Villager – New York Broadway & Off-Broadway – Joseph Jefferson in Chicago – Bay Area Critics, the Backstage West Garland Award, three LA Drama-Logue awards – LA & San Francisco – and four ZONIs – Phoenix. Her work has been selected five times for the United States Theatre Design exhibition at the Prague Quadrennial and she was included in the Lincoln Center exhibition Curtains Up: 100 Years of Women Designers, featuring 100 designers for live performance for the past century. More recently her work was chosen for The World Stage Design Exhibition in Cardiff, Wales, and Costume Design at the Turn of the Century: 1990 – 2015 in Moscow, Russia touring to Beijing, China in July & August 2016.
Trained as a costume historian at the prestigious Courtauld Institute at the University of London, England, Crow is an Emeritus Professor of costume history, design, and technology. As a Fulbright Senior Scholar to the Philippines to research festival costume, Crow continued her lifelong research on carnival costume and festival dress. Subsequently she has authored two chapters in Masquerade: Essays on Tradition and Innovation Worldwide, published by McFarland & Company, Inc. As Curator for the UCONN Historical Costume & Textile Collection, recent exhibitions have focused on regional interests – Women of New England: Dress From the Industrial Age 1850 – 1900, Civil War Women in New England, Princess for a Day: Wedding Gowns from 1860 – 1960, and Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World and Her Wardrobe about the president and CEO of G. Fox Department Store, Hartford. The Auerbach exhibit will reopen from January until June of 2016 at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford. The next exhibition The Eighties: Glitter and Glam Rock is set to open in the summer of 2016 at the Art Gallery in the Jorgensen Center for the Arts.
Professor Emerita of Voice and Acting (2015)
Karen S. Ryker – Professor Emeritus (2015) Department of Dramatic Arts, University of Connecticut. Professor of Voice and Acting 2002-2014. Fulbright Scholar and guest director of The Magic Flute in Dublin, Ireland. Special Achievement Award and several School of Fine Arts and University grants. Formerly Head of Graduate Acting Program at University of Wisconsin-Madison (1991-2001). UW Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching; co-founded ClassAct, an L&S Dean’s Margin of Excellence program. The artistic activity involved voice/speech/dialect coaching for theatrical productions including Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, American Players Theatre, Madison Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare and Company, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Acting and Directing credits included venues in Connecticut, Massachusetts, NewYork, Texas, Wisconsin. Research activity involved the production of vocally violent sounds for the stage. Publication activity included refereed articles in The Journal of Voice and in the Voice and Speech Review. Current Creative/Research Activity involves direction and production of an audiobook, Don’t Think It Hasn’t Been Fun: The Story of the Burke Family Singers. Member of Actors Equity Association and The Voice and Speech Trainers Association. Former service to VASTA includes Associate Editor of the Voice and Speech Review (2 journals), Board Member of VASTA. Also taught at Clarke College, the University of Texas, St. Edward’s University, Notre Dame University.