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Michelle Bentley



May 2018 - MFA in Costume Production

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


May 2009 - BA Theatrical Costuming

Eastern Michigan University




Paramount Theater                                                Current


Beauty and the Beast

Wizard of Oz

Opera Theater St Louis                                              2019

Assistant Crafts Supervisor:

Marriage of Figaro, Rigoletto, Coronation of Poppea, Fire Shut Up In My Bones

Illinois Shakespeare Festival                                     2018


Shakespeare in Love

PlayMakers Repertory Company           2015 - April 2018   



Sweeney Todd (2016), The Crucible (2016), The May Queen (2016), Intimate Apparel (2017), My Fair Lady (2017), Sense and Sensibility (2017), Tartuffe (2018)


First Hand:     

Peter and the Star Catcher (2015), Detroit ’67 (2016), Twelfth Night (2017)


Crafts Assistant:

Three Sisters (2016)


Eric Winterling Inc.                              May 2017 – June 2017


Cut for Aladdin on Broadway, Anastasia on Broadway, Frozen on Broadway, The Post (film)


Utah Shakespeare Festival                       2014 ,2015, 2016


First Hand:     

The Cocoanuts (2016)


Sherlock Holmes, The Final Adventure (2014), Charley’s Aunt (2015)


Northern Illinois University              Sept. 2014 – May 2015

Lab Supervisor:

Assisted in costuming class, supervised lab hours, constructed costumes for productions


Illinois Shakespeare Festival                    2010, 2011, 2014

First Hand:     

The Tempest (2010), Merry Wives of Windsor (2010), Romeo and Juliet (2011), Winter’s Tale (2011), Antony and Cleopatra (2014)

DC Theatricks                                   October 2009 – July 2013


Constructed new costumes and altered existing costumes for rental

Ohio Light Opera                                 May 2009 – August 2009

First Hand:     

Fiddler on the Roof, Of Thee I Sing, H.M.S. Pinafore, Ruddigore, Mlle. Modiste, La Belle Helene, A Night in Venice


Mac-Haydn Theatre                            May 2008 – August 2008

First Hand:     

My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line, Hairspray, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Meet Me in St. Louis, Will Rogers Follies, Sound of Music


Awards & Achievements
  • USITT Costume Commission Poster Session Presenter

  • USITT Young Designers and Technicians Forum participant: 2018

  • Frederick M. Koch Memorial Scholarship:  2017-2018

  • Laura Jewell Dobbins Graduate Fellowship: 2016-2017

  • Smithwick Research Fund: 2016

  • Masters Merit Assistantship: 2015-2016



  • Proficient with domestic and industrial machines

  • Patternmaking, stitching, and tailoring 

  • Strong alteration and cutting abilities

  • Millinery, leatherworking skills, and experience with thermoplastics

  • Experience with dye vat and various dyeing/surface design techniques

  • Works well in a team or leadership environment


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