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  • Mimi Maxmen

    Part-time Assistant Professor

    Profile:

    Mimi Maxmen is a costume designer and educator.  She has designed over 200 productions in theater, film, opera, and dance.  NY theater:  Uncle Vanya starring Tom Courtenay, Amanda Donohoe and James Fox; Inadmissible Evidence with Nicol Williamson and Philip Bosco; The Norwegians, The Frogs,  Becket,  A Shayna Maidel,  A...My Name Is Alice,  Vieux Carré, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Twelfth Night,  Today I am a Fountain Pen,  North Shore Fish,  Moonchildren.  She has designed productions for the Roundabout Theater (5 years resident designer), Manhattan Theatre Club, the Mark Taper Forum, Cleveland Play House, Berkshire Theater Festival, Geva, Santa Fe Opera, the New York City, Joffrey, and Metropolitan Opera Ballet companies, and regional theaters and ballet companies throughout the country.  Film:  The Lightkeepers with Richard Dreyfuss, Blythe Danner, Mamie Gummer, and Tom Wisdom, Tumbleweeds starring Janet McTeer, Corporate Affairs with Breckin Meyer, Luster, Lucky Bastard (production and costume designer), The Mesmerist with Neil Patrick Harris and Jessica Capshaw.  
    Opera and ballet:  Ariadne auf Naxos, with Susan Graham and Ben Heppner (Santa Fe), Lord Byron and The Mother of Us All by Virgin Thomson (NYC), The Sleeping Beauty (scenery and costumes),  La Dame aux Camélias (Ballet Santiago, Chile), Swan Lake, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

     

    Degrees Held:

    University of Michigan, BA with honors       
    Lester Polakov Studio of Stage Design (non-degree)  
      

    Professional Affiliations:

    United Scenic Artists, IATSE #829
    Costume Designers’ Guild, IATSE #892
    Theatre Development Fund, Costume Collection Advisory Committee
    ACT-UAW, Local 7902

    Recent Publications:

    LECTURES and PANELS:
    “Costume Design for Dance”:  Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, University of Michigan, Brooklyn College (BCUNY), USITT (United States
         Institute for Theatre Technology), Wright State University
    “Introduction to Costume Design”, Parsons School of Design/Paris  2016
    University of Connecticut, Department of Theater, student reviews  2011
    “Theatre Design and Collaboration”, USITT, Conference, panel member   2004
    “Women in Design”, Mount Holyoke College, weekend symposium, presenter  1994

    EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLICATIONS:
    “Costume Design at the Turn of the Century” (catalogue and museum), Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, Moscow; Beijing 2016; touring
         North America, 2015-ongoing.
    “Une approche des residences d’artistes dans les universités ameriaines”, La Résidence  d’Artiste, Presses universitaires François Rabelais, Tours,            France, pp. 171-177.  2016
    “L’Autorité de l’Artiste en Résidence”, Conference at Université François Rabelais, Tours, France, Presenter.  2014
    Costume Colloquium II: Dress for Dance, Florence, Italy, “See the Music, Hear the Dance”, Presenter  2010
    Prague Quadrennial Design Exhibition: U.S. exhibit participant, The Dybbuk.  2003

    Research Interests:

    TEACHING EXPERIENCE: 
    The New School/Parsons School of Design, Part-time Assistant Professor  2005-present
    Brooklyn College BCUNY, Adjunct Lecture      2011
    Parsons School of Design, Part time faculty      1993-2000
    Mount Holyoke College, Visiting Lecturer      1992
    State University of New York at Geneseo, Visiting Instructor    1975

    SKILLS:  French, pattern drafting, fabric painting and dying

     

    Awards and Honors:

    The New School, Part-time Faculty Professional Development Fund Grant,  2014
    The New School, Part-time Faculty Professional Development Fund Grant,  2010
    Goldie Award, The Rise of David Levinsky (Off-Broadway)
    Village Voice Obie, The Play’s the Thing

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