Rose Kaczmarowski is a Teaching Assistant Professor in Costume Design and Technology. A strong collaborator, she works closely with artists, costume and fashion designers, and performers to turn their garment ideas into wearable reality. As a professional costume technician and, most recently, the Costume Shop Manager with Purdue University’s Theatre Department she builds dynamic, caring teams committed to doing their best work.
A freelance professional, Rose’s recurring residency is with American Players Theatre where she has draped shows for Fabio Toblini, Devon Painter, and Alejo Vietti, among others. In addition, she spent time with Indiana Repertory Theatre, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Arizona Repertory Theatre, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. More recent research projects involve developing new work with choreographers. In collaboration with Kathleen Hickey, Rene Murray, and Rich Dionne, Repercussions and Reverberations (2016) explored concepts of connectedness through the interaction of movement, motion sensors, and light. In 2013 and 2014, working on In Tow with Jennifer Monson, expanded her ability to embrace place and translate across the barrier of concept to action. Rose has an MFA in Costume Technology from the University of Illinois@Urbana-Champaign. An avid cyclist, she often contemplates these ideas while riding a bicycle!