"Thank you for having this program. There are so few available. The staff was amazing and very caring. They went above expectations when it came to individual needs... " br>- George Washington University - Musical Theater parent
"Without USPA and all of their help, I really don't believe that I would have been accepted into The Tisch School of the Arts at NYU (my first choice college)." br>- Alex Roesler
"It was an amazing experience. I learned a lot about the college theatre audition process. And it made me less nervous for them. I applied for 9 colleges and had to audition for all of them, but the workshop prepared me mentally and physically." br> - Anna (College Audition Boot Camp Student)
Costume designer and builder Tom Slotten is currently an instructor in costume design at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Tom has designed costumes for over 75 shows covering all genres and periods from Shakespeare to spoof, medieval to modern to musical theater. He is a collaborative storyteller using his knowledge of design to inform the characters. Some of the shows he has designed include Sweeney Todd, Othello, What the Butler Saw, Country Wife, Inspector Hound, Brothers Grimm, Anything Goes, Oedipus, Hamlet, Drowsy Chaperone and Lysistrata. In addition to his stage designs, Tom has designed over 150 costumes for fine art sculptures which have been featured in magazine articles, videos, books and one that is in the permanent art collection of the White House. Many of the costumes are recreations of memorable costumes from Hollywood films.
This uniquely creative workshop will be taught within an active working Hollywood studio by Hollywood professionals who live and work locally, an advantage that only US Performing Arts can offer. Every USPA workshop is about storytelling and this workshop is no different. Every aspect of the workshop teaches you how costume design enhances the director’s ability to tell the story. You will also learn how your costume design enables the actor to develop an authentic character within the scope of the story. You will learn the basic techniques of costume design for theater and screen. Costume design is a collaborative art and our faculty and support team will nurture your creative vision. You will have the opportunity to share your work with your friends and the community at the end of your two weeks through your sketches, prototypes and staged performances.
This is a workshop for students with a serious interest in design. The workshop will include film screenings, discussions on the history of Hollywood costume design, visits to Hollywood studio costume shops, and field trips. Hollywood costume designers may drop in as special guests sharing their work and providing students with a “real world” understanding of costuming.
BEHIND THE SEAMS WORKSHOP collaborates with the Musical Theater and Theater Acting Conservatories. During the second week of the workshop, you will practice what you have learned and contribute your designs to a production under the guidance of a professional costume designer.
The BEHIND THE SEAMS WORKSHOP provides each student with the exciting opportunity to examine the process of costume design from script to performance as the industry demands today. For ages 15 and above, no previous design experience or knowledge of sewing is necessary.
REQUIREMENT: A passion for storytelling through costume design is a must!
*Tuition includes room, & meals.
*Registration Fees, Lab Fees, weekend stays, and airport transportation fees are not included in Tuition and are additional.
*Commuter (where offered) includes lunch. Lab Fees, weekend stays, and airport transportation are not included and are additional.
**Tuition for Boot Camps, such as College Audition Boot Camp, does not include room and meals or airport transportation.
***Locations, Prices, Dates, Directors, and Faculty subject to change without notice.
The faculty is comprised of professional industry artists and college professors representing their schools. Â Images are of USPA programs, but may not represent actual program or location. If you have questions or need help registering, please call 888-497-3553 or 415 924-6442
**USPA highly recommends that students secure travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, and/or medical emergency.
If you have questions or need help registering, please call 888-497-3553
** USPA highly recommends that students secure travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, and/or medical emergency.