Since receiving her MFA at University of Oregon, Jeanette has designed costumes for theatres across the nation including Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, San Antonio Opera Festival, Brown University Summer Theatre, The Village Theatre, Eugene Opera, Oregon Contemporary Theatre, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Jeanette is a past recipient of an Indiana Arts Commission Master Artist Fellowship, and she is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829, New York, NY.
As a teacher, Jeanette has taught at Theatre Costume and Fashion Design departments in the US. These programs include Trinity University of Texas, Indiana University, Purdue University, Seattle University, Art Institute of Seattle, Sanford Brown/International Academy of Design and Technology-Seattle, as well as being a guest instructor at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology.
She is currently the Associate Professor of Costume Design at the University of Oregon. Her principal areas of research are costume design, patterning/draping, professional practice in costume design, as well as current and historic fashion.
" My career has been a accumulation of work and influences from a variety of sources. I have draped and patterned for regional theatres, including Williamstown Theatre Festival. I have designed for regional and academic theatres, and I have taught at variety of universities. All of these aspects of a career have allowed me to approach student training from a perspective of someone who has worked in the real world. To have a career today, a theatre artist must be trained both in the arts and the technical craft behind the art, have an academic base in play analysis and cultural history, a practical sense of what is possible, and an ability to make connections between a play and the wider world around us.
Included on this site are my professional resume and a representative costume portfolio of my work from 1995 to the present. For each production, the portfolio includes a selection of costume renderings, and photographs as available.
" I am so thankful to be able to design costumes - it is the best job in the world! The opportunity to combine a career in professional design with university teaching is a wonderful life."