Do you know the difference between a bustle and a buckram frame? Or what works best as an emergency hem? Some directors are blessed with a big budget and a full support staff—a choreographer, a set designer, and a costumer. But the drama teacher often becomes director, choreographer, set designer, and costumer all in one.

And a budget? What’s a budget? The Do-It-All Director’s Introduction to Costuming will give you, the director, who must do it all, the confidence and skills to costume and direct, no matter your experience or budget. This course will teach you costuming basics, budget tricks, organization, and most importantly, the art of costuming as a director.

Course Summary

Standards Addressed

10 Modules
2 hours, 12 minutes
4 Credit Hours

costuming directing

Course Outline

Lesson 0: Introduction 2:47
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Lesson 1: Vision: The Most Important Character 13:54
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Lesson 2: Fashion, Clothes, and the Habits of a Successful Costumer 12:16
Lesson 3: Common Costuming Mistakes 8:13
Lesson 4: Building Your Costume Closet 7:26
Lesson 5: Costumes from Scratch 39:13
Lesson 6: Buttoning Up Your Budget 8:43
Lesson 7: Costuming a Period Show 16:51
Lesson 8: Dressing the Whole Show 9:29
Lesson 9: Showtime 13:21

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Standards Addressed

Alberta, Canada


Theatre Studies Drama 10 (Greek, Medieval or Elizabethan, and Canadian)

1 - recognize theatre has evolved as a traditional art form

2 - recognize innovations in the theatre

Theatre Studies Drama 20

3 - recognize the elements of critique

Technical Theatre/Design 10-20-30 - Management - Set

3 - recognize the importance of artistic unity in set design

Theatre Studies Level II - Intermediate (Theatre History)

5 - recognize that “theatre is a mirror of society”.

California VAPA Standards (2001)


California VAPA Standards (2019)


7.TH:Cr1 Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work

7.TH:Cr1.c - Explain and present solutions to design challenges in a drama/ theatre work.

6.TH:Cr1 Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work

6.TH:Cr1.c - Identify solutions to design challenges in a drama/theatre work.

6.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

6.TH:Pr5.b - Articulate how technical theatre elements are integrated into a drama/ theatre work.

Florida Sunshine State Standards


Georgia Performance Standards 2010 - Theatre Arts


Grade 9-12 - ADVANCED DRAMA IV

TAHSADIV.1 - Analyzing and constructing meaning from theatrical experiences, dramatic literature, and electronic media
a. Examines various theories of dramatic structure from Aristotle to present
b. Uses standards of literary dramatic analysis to study theatrical production
c. Constructs arguments that relate the theme/s of a theatre production to the enhancement of the human experience

TAHSADIV.4 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre
a. Engages in script analysis from the perspective of technical theatre collaborators
b. Plans and creates technical elements of a theatrical production
c. Collaborates with other members of a creative team to create and execute formal and informal theatrical performances
d. Engages in peer leadership experiences including design and technical direction

TAHSADIV.5 - Directing by conceptualizing, organizing, and conducting rehearsals for performance
a. Examines the structure of the rehearsal process
b. Creates a prompt script with blocking notation for a 2-3 character scene
c. Develops a rehearsal schedule to prepare a scene for performance
d. Collaborates on formal and information theatrical performances
e. Engages in peer leadership experiences in the direction of a short play

TAHSADIV.7 - Integrating various art forms, other content areas, and life experiences to create theatre
a. Examines how theatre incorporates all art forms via a collaborative process
b. Explores the relationship between theatre and other non-arts disciplines
c. Synthesizes concepts and skills from other disciplines to create theatre

Grade 9-12 - TECHNICAL THEATRE I

TAHSTTI.1 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre
a. Compares and contrasts the characteristics of different types of performance spaces such as a proscenium stage, studio/black box, thrust stage, classroom, arena, or found space.
b. Analyzes ways in which the characteristics of a performance space can influence production decisions properties, lighting, sound, costuming, and makeup
d. Creates a chart of the responsibilities of technical personnel, including designers, builders, and operators
e. Demonstrates theatre safety practices as well as an ethical use of available technology and resources
f. Considers the interrelated nature of lighting, costumes, makeup, sound, properties, scenery, acting, and direction to create in a unified theatrical production
g. Researches and selects lighting, sound, scenery, properties, costumes, and makeup to help create a particular theatrical environment
h. Selects, documents, and arranges props, furniture, costumes, and sound to create the setting and environment of the plot
i. Uses standard safety and operating procedures for tools and equipment used in formal and informal theatre, film/video, and electronic media productions

TAHSTTI.3 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre (Costumes and Make-up)
a. Identifies the basic functions of costumes in theatrical production
b. Identifies the characteristics, safety considerations, application and removal techniques for different types of makeup and makeup materials
c. Demonstrates the safe and appropriate application of character makeup and simple prosthetics
d. Creates a graphic regarding historical, regional, and cultural styles of dress
f. Analyzes and safely applies basic principles and techniques of costume construction: cutting, dyeing, sewing, care, and maintenance of costumes
g. Uses available art materials, tools, and resources to convey the characters through costumes, accessories, and make-up designs for a scene or production
h. Designs and creates costume drawings and/or make-up charts

GRADE 6

TAMS6.1 - Analyzing and constructing meaning from theatrical experiences, dramatic literature, and electronic media
a. Identifies the elements, themes, and structure of drama
b. Identifies, describes, and classifies character traits
c. Interprets meaning within the context of a dramatic text
d. Explores the connections between theatre and real life
e. Compares and differentiates between various forms of media

TAMS6.4 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre
a. Explores the technical elements of theatre
b. Demonstrates ways in which technical elements enhance theatrical productions
c. Uses available resources to plan for and support theatre activities
d. Develops a plan to integrate the artistic and technical elements of theatre
e. Incorporates artistic and technical elements into a theatre production

TAMS6.5 - Directing by conceptualizing, organizing, and conducting rehearsals for performance
a. Examines the skills and responsibilities of the director
b. Identifies directorial tasks and creates a production timeline
c. Delegates responsibilities for production tasks
d. Demonstrates leadership skills
e. Identifies behaviors which demonstrate collaborative skills

TAMS6.6 - Researching cultural and historical information to support artistic choices
a. Applies research skills to theatre scripts, roles, and experiences
b. Examines the relevance of cultural and historical context
c. Utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to create original theatre
d. Synthesizes theatre styles and other media to create performances

TAMS6.7 - Integrating various art forms, other content areas, and life experiences to create theatre
a. Identifies similarities between theatre and other art forms
b. Draws conclusions about the relationships between theatre and life
c. Identifies theatre’s multi-disciplinary aspects
d. Utilizes a variety of sources to create original theatre
e. Demonstrates a variety of types of theatre performances

Grade 9-12 - FUNDAMENTALS OF THEATRE II

TAHSFTII.1 - Analyzing and constructing meaning from theatrical experiences, dramatic literature, and electronic media
a. Critiques and analyzes elements of theatrical conventions
b. Generates and uses terminology and outline for critiquing theatre presentation
c. Cites evidence of how theatre reflects life through universal themes
d. Interprets text and subtext
e. Illustrates the process of script analysis in a variety of scripts

TAHSFTII.4 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre
a. Identifies and defines the various roles of production personnel (sound/lighting, set, scenic, costume, makeup, marketing, and business aspects)
b. Identifies and applies basic elements and procedures involved in the construction of props, scenery, and platforms.
c. Distinguishes between effective and ineffective artistic designs
d. Infers elements of artistic design from scripts
e. Formulates a conceptualization of artistic design from scripts
f. Hypothesizes possible audiences responses to artistic elements
g. Creates product based on conceptualization
h. Demonstrates ability to plan, create, and assemble the technical elements for a scene or short play

TAHSFTII.5 - Directing by conceptualizing, organizing, and conducting rehearsals for performance
a. Analyzes the various aspects of directing
b. Recognizes directorial choices in performance
c. Describes the need for script analysis and concept development
d. Applies the process of directorial management
e. Distinguishes between effective and ineffective directorial choices
f. Formulates directorial questions (e.g., script choice, script analysis, audition and casting, planning and organizing, rehearsal, performance, evaluation)
g. Defends choice of script
h. Assesses acting and design elements of various scripts
i. Formulates a plan for rehearsal
j. Articulates the appropriate relationship between the actor, director and other theatre personnel (e.g., designers, technicians, managers)
k. Applies concepts of directorial design to performance

TAHSFTII.7 - Integrating various art forms, other content areas, and life experiences to create theatre
a. Identifies the various art forms which may be integrated into theatre (e.g., dance, music, visual arts, graphic arts, and electronic media)
b. Recognizes the arts as an effort to interpret and intensify experiences
c. Examines the contributions of the other arts in the creation of a role or the production of drama
d. Synthesizes observation, imagination, and research to create characters, environments, and situations
e. Combines elements of other disciplines to create theatre arts

Grade 8

TAMS8.4 - Designing and executing artistic and technical elements of theatre
a. Applies the technical elements of theatre
b. Utilizes available resources to plan for and support theatre activities
c. Designs and creates scenery, props, costumes, lighting, and sound/music for theatre
d. Develops a management plan for incorporating technical elements of theatre
e. Incorporates artistic and technical elements into a theatre production
f. Evaluates the effectiveness of artistic and technical elements used in a theatre production

TAMS8.5 - Directing by conceptualizing, organizing, and conducting rehearsals for performance
a. Assumes the role and responsibilities of the director
b. Collaborates with others to create a production timeline
c. Delegates and assigns responsibilities for completion of tasks
d. Identifies, assumes, and demonstrates leadership skills
e. Communicates concepts and ideas

TAMS8.6 - Researching cultural and historical information to support artistic choices
a. Applies advanced research skills to obtain appropriate cultural and historical information
b. Analyzes the cultural and historical context in theatre production
c. Supports artistic choices with cultural and historical information
d. Examines how culture is defined through theatre and other media

TAMS8.7 - Integrating various art forms, other content areas, and life experiences, to create theatre
a. Analyzes and explains common themes, content, and structure among theatre and other disciplines
b. Compares theatre and media presentations to human experiences
c. Incorporates multi-disciplinary aspects into theatre productions
d. Uses recurring cultural motifs and social themes as a basis for theatre presentations

Georgia Performance Standards 2017 - Theatre Arts


National Core Arts Standards


TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade HS Advanced

TH:Cr3.1.HSIII.c - Apply a high level of technical proficiencies to the rehearsal process to support the story and emotional impact of a devised or scripted drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade HS Proficient

TH:Cr3.1.HSI.c - Refine technical design choices to support the story and emotional impact of a devised or scripted drama/ theatre work.

TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade 7

TH:Cr3.1.7.c - Consider multiple planned technical design elements during the rehearsal process for a devised or scripted drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade 6

TH:Cr3.1.6.c - Explore a planned technical design during the rehearsal process for a devised or scripted drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr1.1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work - High School Proficient

TH:Cr1.1.HSI.a - Apply basic research to construct ideas about the visual composition of a drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr1.1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work - Grade 7

TH:Cr1.1.7.b - Explain and present solutions to design challenges in a drama/ theatre work.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade HS Proficient

TH:Pr5.1.HSI.b - Use researched technical elements to increase the impact of design for a drama/theatre production.

TH:Pr6.1: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Pr6.1.HSII.a - Present a drama/theatre work using creative processes that shape the production for a specific audience.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Pr5.1.HSII.b - Apply technical elements and research to create a design that communicates the concept of a drama/theatre production.

TH:Cr1.1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work - Grade 6

TH:Cr1.1.6.b - Identify solutions to design challenges in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 8

TH:Pr5.1.8.b - Use a variety of technical elements to create a design for a rehearsal or drama/theatre production.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 7

TH:Pr5.1.7.b - Choose a variety of technical elements that can be applied to a design in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 6

TH:Pr5.1.6.b - Articulate how technical elements are integrated into a drama/ theatre work.