Gweneth West

434-924-1447
glw2r@virginia.edu

Department of Drama
211 Drama Building
Charlottesville, VA 22904

M.F.A., University of Texas, Austin

 
Gweneth has worked professionally as a costume designer and professor for 30 years, designing over 200 productions, and directing or acting in over 70. She continues to serve as Resident Costume Designer and Costume Director for Heritage Repertory Theatre since 1986 having designed more than 90 productions there. Her work has also been seen in theatres across the country including the Kennedy Center, New York's 42 Street Theatre, Abington Theatre Company,  Lamb's Theatre, Richmond's Theatre Virginia, Norfolk's Virginia Stage. Most recently she designed the world premiere of the new opera, Nosferatu by Alva Hendersen and Dana Gioia, current head of the NEA, for the Performing Arts Series at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. A member of the UVa faculty since 1990, Gweneth teaches graduate and undergraduate costume design, history of dress, portfolio and graphics as well as collaboration & creative process for undergraduates. She designs for the department and mentors both graduate and undergraduate designers in productions for the main season. Her work is informed by her participation in many areas of theatre including directing for New Lyric Theatre and for the department. Awarded a UVa Sesquicentennial Associateship in the fall of 2001, Gweneth explored professional and university collections of historic dress  working with reknown curators among them, Jean Dreusedeau, Kent State; Edward Maeder, Historic Deerfield; Ellen Shanley, Fashion Institute of Technology. Gweneth's work as Curator of The Collection of Historic Dress, which is housed in the Department's Costume Program, continues to provide a rare opportunity for students of costume design & technology, history of dress, acting, and various disciplines across the university. Most recently Gweneth and colleague, Marcy Linton, mounted the exhibition "Ragtime 'Inside Out': A study of period garments in preparation of clothes for the stage" for the Virginia Science Museum, Richmond. Future exhibitions are planned for both the Science Museum and The Virginia Museum.Before joining the faculty at UVa, Gweneth served as costume designer at Wayne State University, Detroit and Head of Costume Design and Production teaching costume design and directing at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Dedicated to the education and training of young theatre artists, her former students attend graduate programs, teach in universities, and work in film, television, and theatres from New York to Los Angeles. Active in USITT, ATHE, SETC, and the Costume Society of America, Gweneth currently serves as the KCACTF Design Chair for Region IV.

Faculty and Staff

Hanadi Al-Samman

  • Associate Professor of Arabic Literature
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Abigail Arnold

  • Lecturer in Women, Gender & Sexuality
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  • Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality and Psychology
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  • Professor of Politics
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  • William R. Kenan, Professor of Sociology
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  • Professor of English
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  • Lecturer in Women, Gender & Sexuality and Middle East Studies
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  • Student Assistant

André Cavalcante

  • Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Women, Gender & Sexuality
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Mrinalini Chakravorty

  • Assistant Professor of English, Postcolonial Literature and Theory
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Ellen Contini-Morava

  • Director and Professor of the Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics
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  • Assistant Professor of American Studies and Media Studies
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  • Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality
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  • Professor of English
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Gertrude Fraser

  • Associate Professor & Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
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Melissa Gismondi

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Lisa Goff

  • Assistant Professor of English and American Studies
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Bonnie Hagerman

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Cynthia Hoehler-Fatton

  • Associate Professor of Religious Studies
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Samantha J. Hume

  • Doctor of Education at the Deparment of Germanic Languages & Literatures and the Center for American English Language and Culture
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Claire Kaplan

  • Director of The Gender Violence and Social Change Program
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  • Professor of Chinese
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Edith "Winx" Lawrence

  • Professor of Education in Clinical and School Psychology and Director, Young women Leaders Program and Program Chair, Youth and Social Innovation
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Karlin Luedtke

  • Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality
  • Assistant Dean in College of A&S
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  • Professor of German and Comparative Literature
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  • Associate Professor of Music
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Deborah E. McDowell

  • Alice Griffin Professor of English and Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute
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Susan McKinnon

  • Professor of Anthropology
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Doug Meyer

  • Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality
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  • Professor of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures and Women, Gender & Sexuality
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  • Program Director of Global Outreach and Engaged Scholarship and Associate Director of Young Women Leaders Program
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K. Sara Myers

  • Professor of Classics
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Emily Ogden

  • Assistant Professor of English
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Victoria Olwell

  • Associate Professor of English
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Geeta Patel

  • Associate Professor of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures and Women, Gender & Sexuality
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Charlotte J. Patterson

  • Director of Women, Gender & Sexuality and Professor of Psychology
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Gustavo Pellón

  • Associate Professor of Spanish
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Andrea L. Press

  • Professor of Media Studies and Sociology
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Allison Pugh

  • Associate Professor of Sociology
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Claire Raymond

  • Lecturer a the Department of Art History and Sociology
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Caroline Rody

  • Professor of English
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Marlon Ross

  • Professor of English
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Lynn M. Sanders

  • Associate Professor of Politics
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Sybil Scholz

  • General Faculty, Lecturer and Language Coordinator
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Lisa Shutt

  • Lecturer of African American & African Studies
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Karl Shuve

  • Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
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  • Lecturer of Women, Gender & Sexuality
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Elizabeth F. Thompson

  • Associate Professor of HIstory
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Denise Walsh

  • Associate Professor of Politics and Women, Gender & Sexuality
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  • Professor of Costume Design
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Kath Weston

  • Professor of Anthropology
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W. Bradford Wilcox

  • Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology
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Eleanor V. Wilson

  • Associate Professor of Instruction and Special Education
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Michiko Wilson

  • Professor of Japanese LIterature
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  • Associate Professor of Politics
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  • Associate Professor of English
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