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Margaret Mitchell

Professor Department of Theatre Arts Office Location: HIT 200 E Phone: (210) 829-3801

Margaret Mitchell has been teaching theatre at UIW since 1992. Professor Mitchell is also a freelance designer, author, editor and occasional curator. Her design work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and her costume designs are published in The Essential Theatre and The Magic Garment. She is a co author of Making The Scene: A History of Stage Design and Technology in Europe and the United States. Professor Mitchell is also a general editor for TD&T, Theatre Design and Technology, and she is an editorial board member of the international journal, Studies in Costume and Performance. Her former students are theatre educators and designers, stage managers, directors and performers working on Broadway, off Broadway, in major regional theatres and in television.

  • Master of Fine Arts, 1991, Costume Design and Technology, Secondary Concentration in Scenic Design, University of Texas at Austin
  • Bachelor of Arts, 1987, Theatre Arts, Texas Wesleyan College
  • 2004-present University of the Incarnate Word, Professor of Theatre Arts
  • 1998-2004 University of the Incarnate Word, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
  • 2002 Guest Tutor, Te Whea, Toi Whakaari O Aotearoa/ The New Zealand Drama School, Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1992-1998 University of the Incarnate Word, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts
  • 1991 Texas Wesleyan University, Guest Lecturer
  • 2021 Theatre for Change, Costume Designer
  • 2021, 2017 Theatre Nohgaku, Costume Designer
  • 2017-2019 Ballet Idaho, Costume Designer
  • 2013 Texas State University, Costume Designer
  • 2011, 2009 The Classic Theatre of San Antonio, Costume and Scenic Designer
  • 2008 Austin Shakespeare Festival, Costume Designer
  • 2003 Robert L. B. Tobin Foundation for Theatre Arts, Documentary Writer
  • 2001 On Tap Productions, Director and Book Writer
  • 2001 Zachary Scott Theatre, Costume and Scenic Designer
  • 1996 Stage West, Scenic Designer
  • 1995 Texas Stage, Costume Designer
  • 1994-1993 Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Costume and Scenic Designer
  • 1991 Capitol City Playhouse, Costume and Scenic Designer
  • 1992 Austin Shakespeare Festival, Costume and Scenic Designer
  • 1992 Zilker Park Summer Musicals, Costume Designer
  • 1991 Stage West, Costume Designer
  • 1988 Casa Manana Musicals, Inc., Charge Artist and Assistant Scenic Designer
  • 1988 Fort Worth Theatre, Costume Designer
  • 1988 Circle Theatre, Costume Designer

Publications, Books

  • 2010 Brockett, Oscar G., Margaret Mitchell, and Linda Hardberger. Making the Scene: A History of Stage Design and Technology in Europe and the United States, San Antonio: Tobin Foundation for Theatre Arts, distributed by UT Press, 2009.
  • Selected Contributions, Books
  • 2021 Pantouvaki, Sofia and Peter McNeil, editors. Performance Costume: New Perspectives and Methods. London: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2021. Contributor, Chapter One, pp. 7-22.
  • 2009 Cunnigham, Rebecca, The Magic Garment: Principles of Costume Design, 2nd Ed. New York: Longman Publishing, 2009, Costume design Illustrations for: King Lear, A Comedy of Errors, Tons of Money, The Miser, Macbeth

Selected Articles

  • 2021 TD&T, Theatre Design and Technology Fall: 2021. P.52, Changeover: On Pause
  • 2021 TD&T, Theatre Design and Technology, Fall: 2021. P. 49, Book Review for Stage Makeup, 11th Ed.
  • 2020 TD&T, Theatre Design and Technology, Spring: 2020. P. 42, Adapt
  • 2013 TD&T, Theatre Design and Technology, Winter,: 2013. P. 12, A Costume Correspondence: The Theatrical War Effort of Charles Ricketts
  • 2015 TD&T, Theatre Design and Technology, Fall,: 2015. P. 64, The Evolving PQ: the Expansion of Design Expression
  • 2015 TD&T, Theatre Design and Technology, Summer,: 2015. P. 13, Wood and Canvas (and rabbit glue) in the Modern World: Antwerp’s Historically Significant Bourla Theatre Trapped Between the Past and the Future


  • 2015 Session Chair: Wood that Moves: Noh Mask Making of Hiteda Kitazawa, USITT National Conference, Cincinnati, OH
  • 2014. Teaching the History of Scene Design at the Graduate Level, USITT National Conference, Fort Worth, TX
  • 2013 Shakespeare at the Sewing Machine, World Stage Design Conference, Cardiff, Wales, Co Chair with Lise Klitton
  • 2010 Keynote Speaker, celebrating the publication of Making the Scene, USITT 50th Anniversary National Conference, Kansas City, MO
  • 2009 The Costume Designs of Margaret Mitchell, Nanyang Fine Arts Academy, Singapore
  • 2008 Co- presenter with Donald Robert Fox, Research at the Tobin Theatre Arts Collection, Chair Curator, Jody Blake, USITT National Conference, Houston, TX
  • 2008 Panel Respondent, “Oscar Brockett Speaks Out”, Chair, Dr. Daniel Childs, USITT National Conference, Houston, TX

Exhibitions of Design Work

  • 2013 World Stage Design Digital Exhibition, costume designs for The Tempest, Royal Welsh College of Music and Dramatic Art, Cardiff Wales
  • 2007 Shakespeare’s Haunted Stage, Costumes and Costume Designs for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and MacBeth, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX, Curators, Jody Blake and Donald Robert Fox
  • 2007 The Prague Quadrennial, the USA National Exhibition, Prague, Czech
    Republic, Costume Designs for La Malasangre Curators, Nic Ularu, University of South Carolina, Laura Crow, University of Connecticut
  • 2005 Word Stage Design, Costume Designs for Elektra, UIW, Toronto, Curator, Eric Fielding, March, 2005
  • 2003 Sidewalks of Broadway, Costume Designs for West Side Story, Zilker Park Summer Musicals, The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio TX, Curator, Dr. Jody Blake
  • 1999 The Prague Quadrennial, the USA National Exhibition, Prague, Czech Republic, Costume Designs for Macbeth, Curators, Dr. Dick Durst, University of Nebraska, Lincoln and Dr. Arnold Aronson, Professor, Columbia University
  • 1990 The USA Schools of Scenography Exhibition of The Prague Quadrennial, Prague, Czechoslovakia, Curator, Carolyn Lancet, University of Texas at Austin

Curatorial Work

  • 2017-2018 Co curator for the U.S.A., Innovative Costume: the Next Generation, Bahkrushin Museum, Moscow, Russia
  • 2017 Grant Writer and installation coordinator for Shakespeare in Prague, Imagining the Bard in Central Europe Exhibition, Dr. Joseph Brandesky, curator
  • 2000-2005 Coordinator of Metaphor and Irony II, an Exhibition of Twentieth Century Czech Theatre Design, McNay Art Museum, Dr. Joe Brandesky, Ohio State University and the Theatre Institute, Prague, Spring 2005
  • 2004 The USA Schools of Scenography Exhibition of The Prague Quadrennial, 2003, The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
  • 2003-1999 The USA National Exhibition, The Prague Quadrennial, 2003, Prague, Czech Republic, co-curators: Alexandra Bonds, Robert Schmidt, Ursula Beldon, Laura Crow, Tim Saternow
  • 1988- present United States Institute for Theatre Technology, (USITT)
  • 1998- present International Organization of Scenographers Theatre Architects and
    Technicians (OISTAT), Performance Design Commission, Costume Design Sub Commission
  • Writing Fiction
  • Gardening
  • Painting
  • Foster Care and Adoption
  • Social Justice and the Arts


  • 2016 Herbert D. Greggs Honor Award for Wood and Canvas (and Rabbit Glue) in the Modern World
  • 2014 Herbert D. Greggs Honor Award for A Costume Correspondence: The Theatrical War Effort of Charles Ricketts
  • 2010 Keynote Speaker, celebrating Making the Scene, USITT 50th Anniversary National Conference, Kansas City, MO
  • 2010 USITT Golden Pen Award for 2010 for Making the Scene
  • 2010 PROSE Award for the Performing Arts and Humanities, for Making the Scene (national award)
  • 2004 USITT Special Citation for the curation of the USA National Exhibition at the Prague Quadrennial
  • 1989 USITT National Costumer’s Association Award (now the Zelma H. Weisfeld Award)

Selected Local

  • 2008 Jasmina Wellinghoff Special Contribution to the Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award, San Antonio, TX
  • 2015 ATAC (Alamo Theatre Arts Council) Globe Award for The Beauty Queen of Lenanne, Set Design
  • 2013 ATAC Globe Award for The Tempest, Costume Design
  • 2011 ATAC Globe Award for The Lion In Winter, Costume Design


  • 2017 Robert Connelly Faculty Leadership Award (elected by the UIW faculty)
  • 2008 UIW Moody Professor (elected by the UIW faculty)
  • 2004 Edward Zlotkowski Faculty Award for Service Learning, (elected by committee)

C.C.V.I. and The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership

2020 Matamoros Mask Project for Global Response Management's Asylum Seeker Camp, Matamoros, Mexico

Campus Ministry

  • 1998-2006 Choir Member
  • 2003-2006 Cantor

Selected University Committees/Task Forces

  • 2021-23 Member, faculty Affairs Committee (elected)
  • 2004-present Member, Faculty Senate (elected)
  • 2011-present Member, Faculty Handbook Revision Committee (appointed)
  • 2010-2012 Vice President, Faculty Senate (elected)
  • 2010-2012 Member, University Planning Commission (elected)
  • 2007-2008 Member of the Faculty Evaluation System Task Force (appointed)
  • 2007. Chair, University Honors Program Task Force (appointed)
  • 2003-2004 Co-Chair, Arbitration Task Force (appointed)
  • 2002-2003 Member, Dispute Resolution Task Force (appointed)
  • 2002 Member, Workload Task Force (appointed)
  • 2002-2008 Founding Member, The Headwaters Coalition
  • 1999-2000 Member, Faculty Senate (elected)
  • 1999-2000 Member, Senate Executive Committee (elected)
  • 1997-1998 Co-chair, Governance Task Force (appointed, resulting in the creation of Faculty Senate)
  • 1995-1998 Chair, Faculty Affairs Committee (elected)

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Committees

  • 2021 Member, CHASS Committees: DEI, Women’s History Month, Black History Month
  • 2018 Chair, Search Committee for Chair of Theatre Arts (appointed)
  • 2016-2017 Chair, CHASS Faculty Governance Committee (elected)
  • 2012-2013 Member, CHASS Search Committee for the Assistant Dean of CHASS (appointed)


  • 2013- present Publications Board Member, USITT (appointment)
  • 2015-2021 General Editor, TD&T (appointment)
  • 2013-2015 Vice Chair of Publications for the International Committee of USITT (appointment)
  • 2012-2015 Committee Member and Curatorial Writer for the United States Entries in the Prague Quadrennial
  • 2016- present USITT Herb Greggs Award Selection Committee
  • 2014-2015 Guest Editor with Bill Browning for TD&T, Theatre Design and Technology, Fall Issue
  • 1988- present Costume Commission Member
  • 1999-2015 International Committee Member


1998-present Member of the Costume Design Sub Group of OISTAT

  • Costume Design and Technology History
  • Scenic Design and Technology History
  • Theatre for Social Change
  • Performance and Costume
  • Costume Design
  • Costume History
  • Costume Construction
  • Advanced Theatre Arts Practicum
  • Senior Studio
  • Theatre for Social Change
  • Basic Stage Makeup