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Alexandra Sargent Capps

Senior Lecturer of Theatre Costume Designe

Alexandra Sargent holds a BA in Theatre from Middlebury College and earned her MFA in stage design from Northwestern University. She has worked as a freelance costumer and designer for film and theatre companies including The Woody Allen Production Company, The New York Shakespeare Festival, The Goodman Theatre, The Jump Rhythm Jazz Dance Company, and Middlebury's summer theatre program at the Bread Loaf School of English. She has served on the faculty of Middlebury College, The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, The International Academy of Design and Technology, and Vanderbilt University. Alex joined the Theatre Faculty as Vanderbilt in 2001. At Vanderbilt Alex is the costume designer and costume shop manager for the Vanderbilt University Theatre Department and teaches Costume Design and The History of Fashion, along with Fundamentals of Design with colleague Phillip Franck. She has enjoyed teaching The History of Fashion for Vanderbilt's Master of Liberal Arts and Science program, and finding creative connections with adult learners. In all aspects of her work and teaching, Alex has always embraced the collaborative and creative process and enjoys endlessly trying to find new ways to use fabrics and elements of the history of fashion to create concept-oriented design work suited to the dramatic text at hand. Collaborating with students, designers, and directors to find theatrical connections between fashion and art history, and exploring how costumes can be used in bold and meaningful ways for storytelling in the theatre, has been an exciting and rewarding exploration.