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Jennifer Dasher
Visiting Assistant Professor
School of Theatre + Dance/Costume Design
Biography

Jennifer Dasher is a professional Costume Designer and educator. She received her MFA from The University of Arizona and BFA from Texas Christian University. Previously, she has taught at North Carolina State University and Meredith College. Jennifer was also selected to be a Guest Artist at The University at Buffalo and The National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing, China. 

Jennifer is the owner of J.Dasher Creative, a creative studio that has produced designs for Cirque du Soleil, Paula Abdul, Glimmerglass Opera, The Washington Ballet, Ford's Theatre, PBS, Ballet X and a selection of Broadway and Off-Broadway works.

Jennifer is a leader in the fusion of technology, the costume, and storytelling; having successfully designed and integrated LED systems into costumes for a number of performances and led teams integrating character, fabric, and automation. Her work has been featured at annual United States Theatre Institute Conferences: as a winner of Tech Expo, Invited Exhibitor, and Panelist. She is an active member of USITT and in 2019 she was appointed as the assistant to the Vice Commisioner of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community. 

As an educator, Jennifer's interest lies in empowering a diverse group of  students with the tools to design their future post-graduation and change the face of the industry. 

Recent Projects:

Courtland Repertory Theatre: Legally Blonde, Costume Designer : 

"Much meaning for Legally Blonde: The Musical, running through July 6 at Cortland Repertory Theatre, depends on the shade of pink. Our heroine Elle Woods (Lara Hayhurst), who proves she has guts and brains when she wows Harvard Law School, is often outfitted in pink. In dressing her, costume designer Jennifer Dasher rejected all the banal choices, like cotton candy or Barbie, in favor of an intense Elsa Schiaparelli pink. A small decision itself but indicative of a show and production that blow away the 2001 film it’s based on. If you have only seen Reese Witherspoon’s fluffier-than-air hit movie, you’ve missed all the fun."   https://www.syracusenewtimes.com/review-cheerleader-charms-in-cortland-repertory-legally-blonde/?fbclid=IwAR3t1qqy_rNcETEdjU_mFgnkVoku3Ul4092fJ1gVfWqEV84O5wrZYBKNY2w

Selected Participant in Opera Hack:  a coming together of creative minds to solve problems in the musical performance industry with support from Opera America, The San Diego Opera, and Microsoft.

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/classical-music/story/2019-08-01/opera-hackathon-yields-cutting-edge-ideas-to-modernize-400-year-old-art-form?fbclid=IwAR1_e7vnaKjYwHqoHoVVdnD3EmyGaVzueg7ZoRJh5eAHdTecJwPZFUchDEI

Riverside Theatre: 39 Steps, Costume Designer