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Developing Student Costumers

Recorded On: 04/14/2020

In a partnership spanning two school years, designer Shirlee Idzakovich worked with theatre educators Jessica Shaw and Joanna Fellows Chilcoat to develop two units on costuming that effectively teach students to design and construct costumes.  In this webinar, Jessica and Shirlee share two model cornerstone assessments (units of instruction with models of assessment) and student work samples to illustrate how to begin teaching your students costume design and construction.  Great for anyone who wants to start teaching these subjects.  Length:  60 minutes 

Shirlee Idzakovich

New York City Costumer

Shirlee Idzakovich is a Costume Designer and stylist from New York City.  

She has over a hundred builds to her name and she works all over the world costuming and educating young costumers.   Her passion is mentoring young designers on their path to building a career in the field of the costume world.  Her credits include film, tv, pre-Broadway runs, off-Broadway, and Broadway along with many communities and high school productions.   She is a talented stylist and works with many people preparing them for their events and red carpet walks.  Her travels have taken her to Asia and Australia and to nearly every state in the USA.  Her goal is to teach costuming in every state over the next few years.  She is an experienced editor and is asked to speak on many youtube channels about costuming.  She was chosen to work on the EDTA Curriculum Frame Work Team and plans on continuing her work there. 

She runs a Facebook group dedicated to only costumers where anyone can get info from how to sew a pant to plotting out an entire show. 

Jessica Shaw

Speech & Drama Teacher - Mt. Vernon High School

Jessica Joy Satryan Shaw is the Theatre Arts director at Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, VA. She is passionate about theatre curriculum development, presenting on it at conferences and serving on the EdTA Model Curriculum Framework Project, the 2019-2020 VDOE Theatre Arts Standards of Learning Review Project Committee, and multiple FCPS Curriculum Project Teams for Theatre Arts and Technical Theatre. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Theatre from Villanova University, concentrating in directing and theatre education, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Grove City College.


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