Assistant Professor Michelle Souza Discusses Re-evaluating History of Clothing in HowlRound Essay

Congratulations to School of Theatre and Dance assistant professor of costume design Michelle Souza on the publication of her essay "Revolutionary Costume Pedagogy" on HowlRound Theatre Commons.

Souza's timely and important essay discusses how costume designers and costume design educators have unique roles as theatre practitioners – "simultaneously artists and historians, psychologists and leaders." And with that unique place in the theatre comes great and wide-ranging potential to be agents for change. Souza establishes that it is past time for costume educators to re-evaluate how the history of clothing is being taught in programs of theatre education and to dismantle the status quo of teaching the history of garments from a white, European-centric perspective.

To read Souza's full article, visit

POSTED: Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 3:32pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 16, 2020 - 12:04am