Lisa Burgess

Coordinator of Draping and Crafts
Lisa Burgess
Photo by Geoff Sheil

Lisa Burgess is a Coordinator of Draping and Crafts in the Costume Shop at The Clarice. She is responsible for a wide range of costume development including: pattern making, costume construction/alterations, fabric manipulation, millinery, jewelry, masks and puppet construction. She works closely with Graduate Student Designers for productions presented by the UMD School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies and the Maryland Opera Studio.

Lisa holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Costume design from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Design from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. While working at Vee Corporation in Minneapolis, MN, Lisa was given the opportunity to work on the original production of Julie Tamar’s “The Lion King” and “Sesame Street Live”. Other highlights include work for Santa Fe Opera, Minnesota Opera Co., Weston Playhouse, The Washington Opera, American Players Theatre and Wolf Trap Opera Company.

What is your favorite part about working at The Clarice?

My favorite things about working at The Clarice are the challenges that I am presented by the Graduate Costume Designers. They allow me to keep learning as they are pushing me to develop new construction techniques, to search out new technology and to solve problems in different ways.