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Martha Cooper

Published May 29, 2015

Associate Professor, School of Theatre

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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Martha Cooper has worked as a professional costumer for over 40 years, including serving as a costume shop manager, draper and designer at several colleges, numerous regional and summer stock companies, and three theme parks. She joined the faculty at Florida State University in 1996 where she is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Costume Technology for the School of Theatre. She is a long-time member of both The United States Institute for Theatre Technology, USITT-Southeast, and Southeastern Theatre Conference.


A.A. degree from Lake City Community College, Lake City, Florida
B.A. degree in Communication Arts (Theatre emphasis) from University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida
M.A. degree in Theatre from The University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois

Areas of Responsibility

Specializes in period pattern making and construction of costumes in the School of Theatre. Supervises the patterning and construction of new costumes built for the six staged School of Theatre productions annually, including reviewing fabric and trim options and estimating fabric amounts for the designers, overseeing fittings by student drapers, and advising on methods for creating costumes for use on the stage. Mentors the MFA costume design students and undergraduate BA students in creating costume technology projects.

Teaching Areas

Costume Technology
Beginning and Advanced Patternmaking (flat-patterning, draping, drafting, and grading)
Beginning and Advanced Costume Construction Techniques
Introduction to Costume Design
Introduction to Fabric Dyeing, Millinery and Costume Crafts
Beginning Wig Making and Styling

Research Areas

Historic clothing and costuming
Corsetry and period undergarments
Costume patterning and construction