BA (Hons) coursesCostume and Performance Design

Meet the team

So much more than teaching.

Our team doesn’t just inform — they inspire with memorable, groundbreaking courses.

Rebecca Pride

Course Leader

BA (Hons), Hdip (Slade) PGCE

Rebecca joined AUB in 2005 and became course leader for BA Costume and Performance Design in 2009. A scenographer by profession since 1988, Rebecca believes passionately in an experiential method of teaching. As a result, she has developed a curriculum within the course that allows students to take part in a wide variety of ‘live projects’ with other courses at AUB and external theatre and film companies.

Recent work as a designer includes productions of Clare Booth Luce’s The Women, Brecht’s The Three penny Opera, Lope de Vegas’s Fuente Ovejuna, Schnitzler’s La Ronde, Abi Morgan’s Tender and Andrew Louden’s Mary Barton (an adaptation of Mary Gaskells novel) and the 2008 AUB BA (Hons) Acting and BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design collaborative production of A Costume Drama.

Rebecca is also engaged in pedagogical research into effective teaching methodologies for designers and costume supervisors. This work formed the body of her PGCE thesis on the idea of developing ‘ Designer thinking’ amongst student scenographers. The idea of creating ‘The Backstory’ for set and costume design (in the manner of Stanislavski’s ‘Method’), has also been the focus of research by Rebecca.

Rebecca has recently been commissioned to write a book entitled: The Costume Supervisor’s Toolkit: Supervising Theatre Costume Production from First Meeting to Final Performance. This work will be the focus of an AUB research fellowship that Rebecca is delighted to have been awarded by AUB.

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Mandy Barrington

Senior Lecturer

MA, PGCE

Textile artist, costume maker and international ambassador for the AUB. Mandy is currently researching the use of digital equipment for textile enhancement, including the exploration of laser cutting. Her other research into various textile techniques and their use within theatrical performance has supported course development into this area.

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Adele Keeley

Senior Lecturer

MA, Cert Ed, SEDA

Costume designer, maker and supervisor, Adele’s specialisim is in Computer Aided Design for costume. Adele’s commitment to the digital platform has supported course development in this area making it at the forefront of the discipline. Alongside her teaching Adele continues her professional practice and research into the discipline. She is passionate about the regional development of Performing Arts.

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Will Hargreaves

Senior Lecturer

BA (Hons), PGCE

Has over 20 years experience as a designer and teacher. His career began working with many leading designers, including Mark Thompson, Ultz and Bob Crowley. His own design work as a set and costume designer has been with many theatre companies at regional, national and international levels. Research interests include explorations of historical scenic techniques within a contemporary context and Theatre as an educational tool.

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Wayne Martin

Senior Lecturer

BA (Hons), Cert Ed

Wayne has worked in the theatre and film industry for over 20 years as a costume cutter and interpreter. Particular emphasis has been on historical dress from Pantomime to Opera and both Repertory and West End Musical. For the past eight years teaching has taken a precedent, engaging students in the art of historical cut and skilful timely technique and finish. Wayne’s research includes furthering his technical sewing and cutting skills as a freelance maker and developing student led work placement opportunities which arise from external association.

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Katerina Lawton

Lecturer

BA (Hons), PGCE

Katerina trained in tailoring, costume making and designing. She is an expert historical cutter has a particular interest in Ladies’ Victorian/mid twentieth century pattern drafting and draping on the stand.

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Bunny Winter

Lecturer

BA (Hons)

Bunny’s background is in theatre, film and as a television wardrobe supervisor with a specialism in theatrical hat construction. She has worked freelance for the BBC and was costume supervisor on the Oscar nominated Merry Christmas (Joyeux Noel).

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Sarah Magill

Lecturer

MA, BA (Hons), PGCE

Sarah trained in costume design and interpretation and has been teaching for seven years. She specialises in costume cut and construction, with a particular love of early to mid-twentieth century women’s dress. Sarah has a keen interest in textile art, surface embellishment and multicultural textiles. Research interests include the Utility and Make-do and Mend schemes during the Second World War.

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Dr. Jon Croose

Lecturer — Contextual Study

PhD, MA, Certificate in Newspaper Journalism, BA (Hons) (University of Kent at Canterbury)

Jon’s academic background is in Theatre, Performance and Cultural Studies. His inter-disciplinary PhD thesis: The Practices of Carnival: Community, Culture and Place, (University of Exeter) brought together Performance Studies, Performance Anthropology and Cultural Geography approaches, in order to re-think arts-participation and arts-development within notions of the ‘cultural economy’. Jon’s role as Lecturer in Contextual Study at AUB involves undergraduate teaching, assessment and course management for the university’s BA degree courses in Costume with Performance Design and Make Up for Film, Media and Performance.

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Alison Hart

Senior Technician

BA (Hons), PGCE

Alison trained in Fashion and Textile Design, Costume and Millinery. Within the course she supports work in the dye room and is continuing her interest in millinery and working in 3D. She has collaborated with local schools and theatre groups working with young people interested in the arts running workshops in accessories and millinery.

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Supporting staff

Frances Tempest: Film Studies and Design for the Screen - Visiting Tutor

Award winning costume designer for film and television is a visiting tutor working within the BA Costume and Performance Design course (please visit IMDB for further details). She specifically lectures in the subjects of Film Studies and Design for the Screen. Frances has a regular blog publishing interviews with a number of leading costume designers (audio transcripts available at the AUB library from October), and welcomes contributions and discussion. Please visit costumeonscreen.com

Honorary Fellows

  • Linda Mattock - Award-winning costume designer
  • Carol Lingwood - Head of Costume at the National Theatre
  • Chris Britton - Forkbeard Fantasy