Michaela Petrovich spent the last two years as Visiting Assistant Professor of Scenic and Costume Design at the University of Redlands.
Courses taught include Stage Design Fundamentals, Set Design Techniques and Costume Design Techniques. Michaela also created and taught the topics studio course: “Designing Fantasy”, which attracted a variety of Theatre Arts students (designers, actors and a playwright) as well as students across disciplines (history and creative writing) due to its focus on world building and the role history of dress and architectural styles play in the creation of fantastical realms.
Michaela spent two years as Staff Costume Design Associate at Seattle Repertory Theatre where she was fortunate to have worked on the new musical, Come From Away, before making it’s debut on Broadway. She also had the pleasure of working with Clint Ramos’ design associate, Christopher Vergara, on the remount of David Byrne and Fat Boy Slim’s revolutionary musical experience, Here Lies Love.
Michaela completed her MFA in Costume Design at the University of Washington, where she had the pleasure of collaborating with prolific scenic designer, Thomas Lynch, on An Evening of Tennessee Williams One Acts. This collaboration was a defining experience in her graduate experience, and a work of which she is most proud. Michaela also worked as costume designer on director Andrew McGinn’s capstone production of Pentecost and Leah Adcock-Starr’s production of Mary Zimmerman’s The Arabian Nights.
Under the mentorship of the late Sarah Nash-Gates, Michaela began to explore costume history scholarship. Nash-Gates hired Michaela as her researcher for her design work on Oliver! at 5th Avenue Theatre. Michaela then helped to curate an exhibit at the Henry Art Gallery inspired by the costumes of Downton Abbey for a small group of donors to benefit University of Washington School of Drama. This exhibit included research and garments from the Henry’s collection.
UW Drama Design students traditionally dedicate a quarter during their final year to a professional internship. Michaela instead decided to create an intensive, hands on, independent research project: American Identity Through Dress during the Revolutionary War and World War II. In addition to copious library research, Michaela incorporated weeks of artifact studies and museum research. She produced detailed (written, photographic and sketched) studies from her time in the archives at the Museum of History and Innovation (MOHAI) and Henry Art Galleries clothing archives in Seattle, Washington; Daughters of American Revolution Archives and the Smithsonian Archives in Washington, DC; archives at Colonial Williamsburg, VA.
Michaela is relocating to North Adams, Massachusetts and joining the faculty of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts as Assistant Professor of Costume Design and Technologies. Michaela, husband Eric, and their lilac point Siamese, Rónán, are looking forward to their upcoming east coast adventure. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, studying costume history and reading Rex Stout novels.