Judy Adamson

Judy Adamson has been the Costume Director in the Department of Dramatic Art and Head of the Costume Production program at the University of North Carolina since 1993.  Before coming to North Carolina, Judy worked for 14 years at Barbara Matera Ltd., one of the foremost costume houses in New York.  She was Barbara's assistant and workroom manager until 1990 when she began draping for the company.   She has draped clothes for such Broadway shows as Crazy for You, Jelly's Last Jam, The Secret Garden, Showboat, Sideshow and Disney's Beauty and the Beast, working with such designers as Irene Sharaff, Miles, White, Theoni Aldredge, Florence Kltoz, Pat Zipprodt, William Ivey Long and Bob Mackie.

Judy has also worked extensively in dance with American Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor and Elliot Feld.  She is currently the project director for a supported research grant with Carolina Ballet.  Judy and her students have worked on such productions as Coppelia, Carmen, Great Galloping Gottschalk, and Messiah for the Raleigh based dance group.

Judy has compiled information on costume programs throughout the country for United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) called Survey of Costume Programs in the United States.  The survey and an article about choosing a graduate school can be found at http://www.usitt.org/commissions/cos.survey/home.htm

As well as draping for PlayMakers Repertory Company, Judy is in the process of reorganizing and documenting the vintage collection in the Department of Dramatic Art with the help of several workstudy students.  Each garment is being documented with a photograph and description.  The garments are of interest to all costume students, but the hope is that the information can be useful across disciplines with access through the internet. A demonstration of the site will soon be available at drama.unc.edu/costar/

This past summer Judy worked at the Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City, Utah draping HayFever, designed by Kevin Alberts. She returned to New York in July and worked for Barbara Matera, Ltd for several weeks before returning to Chapel Hill to start the fall semester. While at Matera's she draped for Hairspray, designed by William Ivey Long, Princess Classics, Disney's newest Ice Show, designed by Greg Barnes and did preperatory work on Flower Drum Song, designed by Greg Barnes and Dance of the Vampires, designed by Ann Hould-Ward.

Information about: the graduate program in costume production.
Information about: undergraduate costume courses.

Syllabus for Drama 173 (Costume Construction I: Beginning Flat Pattern)

Link to USITT Survey of Costume Programs, edited by Judy Adamson

Judy can be reached by email at: jadamson@email.unc.edu