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Bobbi Owen

Michael R. McVaugh Distinguished Professor of Dramatic Art and Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Arts and Sciences, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Education is comprised of a range of academic programs, scholarships, and services for undergraduate students. Among them are the Academic Advising Program, the Honors Program and the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, First Year Seminars, the Undergraduate Retention Office, The Center for Student Success and Academic Counseling (including the Learning Center, the Writing Center and the Summer Bridge Program), Robertson Scholars Program, Undergraduate Curricula, and Undergraduate Research. These programs and their leaders are actively involved with all aspects of undergraduate academic-based life at Carolina including the curriculum, orientation for new students, and efforts to improve retention and increase the opportunity for students to graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill.

College Office: 3011 Steele Building, CB# 3504, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3504
Phone: 919 843-7773

Professor of Dramatic Art

Costume design and costume history, based in Western and non-Western traditions, form the basis of my teaching, with an occasional first-year seminar added to the mix. I write about theatrical designers with books including Costume Design on Broadway (1987) and Broadway Design Roster (2003), the catalog for the United States entry in the 2007 Prague Quadrennial, Design USA (2007) with Jody Blake, and The Designs of Willa Kim (2005). More recently, I edited and contributed an essay about Raoul Pene du Bois to Late and Great: American Designers from 1960-2010, published in 2010 as part of USITT's 50th Anniversary celebration.

Department Office: 213 Center for Dramatic Art, CB# 3230, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3230
Phone: 919 962-2483; FAX 919 962-5791
Office Hours: by appointment


Bobbi Owen is also known as Roberta A. Owen and Mrs. Gordon J. Ferguson.

Projects with web links:

Costar - I'm collaborating Professor Judy Adamson with the vintage costume archive, a study collection, stored in the drama department. A non-western version, NowesArk, is also available.

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Revised December 27, 2013