Bio

     I think my passion for costume design started as a kid with my family of Cabbage Patch Kids for Halloween.  My Mom was my cutter/draper/stitcher and my Cabbage Patch family dressed as a playing card, a clown, an angel, and a witch made their Halloween debut.   During high school, I knew I wanted to be a costume designer.  My sophomore biology teacher told me my future plans were “ a waste of a good mind”.  I don’t miss dissecting frogs and my brain still seems to be functioning.

     I studied costume design at Emerson College,  graduating with a B.F.A. in Technical Theater/Design.   After college, I started my career in Los Angeles assisting and designing for theater and film working with the theater company, A Noise Within, and on the films, Groom Lake (Assistant Costume Designer), Crime Scene, and Killer Weekend.   

     After returning home to Boston in January 2002, I took a job at North Shore Music Theatre where I stayed for six seasons, first as wardrobe supervisor and then as costume coordinator running the costume department.   For North Shore Music Theatre, I designed Forever Plaid, Crazy For You, Cinderella (2006), Fame, and A Christmas Carol (2004-2006).  Also during that time, I designed  an  ESL video series and The Fabulous Invalid  starring Alice Ripley at Emerson’s Cutler Majestic Theatre.   For The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, I designed a permanent museum exhibit showing soldiers throughout US military history.

     Since leaving North Shore Music Theatre in August 2007, I have juggled costume designing for film and theater, styling and assisting on commercials, and working as a shopper on features shooting in the Boston area.  Recent costume design credits for Stoneham Theatre include Miracle on 34th Street, Antoine Feval, It’s A Wonderful Life, A Year With Frog and Toad, and The Sparrow.  I designed the short film Crooked Lane and have styled commercials for Gogurt Yogurt and ESPN/Miller Lite.  In November 2008, I started Joanna By Design, a small business selling my handmade purses, totes, and accessories.   My online shop can be found at http://JoannaByDesign.etsy.com.  I am a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and IATSE Local 481 .