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About Us

Chloe Chapin (Co-Founder)

Chloe Chapin received a PhD in American Studies at Harvard University in May 2023, with a dissertation titled “The Sartorial Revolution: Masculinity & Civility in the American Republic.” At Harvard, she also received an MA in History and dual secondary concentrations in Gender Studies and Archaeology. She holds an MFA in Design from the Yale School of Drama, an MA in Fashion and Textile Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and a BFA in Performance Production from the Cornish College of the Arts. As a costume designer, Chloe’s credits include: Broadway (associate/assistant): Equus, HAIR!, American Idiot, Passing Strange. New York: The Civilians, BAM, Clubbed Thumb. Regional: Hartford Stage, Two River, Yale Rep. She has taught at FIT, Parsons, Reed College, and Harvard’s Pre-College Program. She has published articles on fashion and gender in Fashion Theory and Dress. Her research has been supported by the Mahindra Humanities Center, Weatherhead Institute for Gender Inequality, Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Museum of American History, and the U.S. Fulbright Program. 


Chloe offers coaching & consulting for artists in academia through Threshold Advising.

Christianne Myers (Co-Founder)

Christianne Myers holds an MFA in Costume Design from New York University and BFA in Theater Design from Pace University. Her costume design work includes theatre, opera, industrials, and film. New York highlights: Music Theatre Group's Running Man, Dare Clubb's Oedipus, Lincoln Center Institute, and 17 shows at The Juilliard School; as a stitcher and first hand she worked at Donna Langman and Parsons-Meares’ studios. Regional Design: Santa Fe Opera, Detroit Public Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Indiana Rep, Theatreworks/USA, Caldwell Theatre, Irondale, and Opera Memphis. Since joining the University of Michigan in 2002, Christianne has designed over 50 shows for The School of Music Theatre & Dance, has served as interim Chair of the Dept. of Theatre & Drama, and is currently the Area Head for Design & Production. Silo-buster and convener, Myers seeks opportunities to bridge disciplines and color outside the lines, intersecting the arts with science, and pedagogy with practice. Recent work has included securing internal grants to support ATCA and writing One Approach to Student Engagement in Educational Season Selection for HowlAround Theatre Commons. She occasionally blogs on her portfolio website.


Educators of theatrical costume design, technology, and history


What are we doing:

Amplify the scholarly nature of what we do both in and beyond academia, pushing the boundaries of what costume scholarship looks like


How are are we doing it:

Convene, collaborate, intersect

Agility to respond to community priorities


Active things we do:

Provide resources

Guidelines for scholarly research

Resources for teaching and pedagogy

Reference materials for anti-racism and accessibility

Suggestions for creating inclusive communities

Professional Development/Job Access

Leadership Resources

Connect scholars virtually

Annual workshop

Make visible the opportunities for scholarly work

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