Gweneth West



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

Abigail Arnold

  • Lecturer in Women, Gender & Sexuality

Lanice Avery

  • Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality and Psychology

Lawrie Balfour

  • Professor of Politics

Rae Blumberg

  • William R. Kenan, Professor of Sociology

Alison Booth

  • Professor of English

Feyza Burak-Adli

  • Lecturer in Women, Gender & Sexuality and Middle East Studies

André Cavalcante

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

Mrinalini Chakravorty

  • Assistant Professor of English, Postcolonial Literature and Theory

Shilpa Davé

  • Assistant Professor of American Studies and Media Studies

Corinne Field

  • Associate Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality

Susan Fraiman

  • Professor of English

Gertrude Fraser

  • Associate Professor

Lisa Goff

  • Assistant Professor of English and American Studies

Bonnie Hagerman

  • Director of Undergraduate Programs and Assistant Professor, General Faculty, of Women, Gender & Sexuality

Cynthia Hoehler-Fatton

  • Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Claire Kaplan

  • Director of The Gender Violence and Social Change Program

Anne Behnke Kinney

  • Professor of Chinese

Edith "Winx" Lawrence

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

Karlin Luedtke

  • Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality
  • Assistant Dean in College of A&S

Lorna Martens

  • Professor of German and Comparative Literature

Fred Maus

  • Associate Professor of Music

Deborah E. McDowell

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

Susan McKinnon

  • Professor of Anthropology

Doug Meyer

  • Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality

Farzaneh Milani

  • Professor of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures and Women, Gender & Sexuality

Jaronda Miller-Bryant

  • Program Director of Global Outreach and Engaged Scholarship and Associate Director of Young Women Leaders Program

Bridget Murphy

  • Program Administrator

K. Sara Myers

  • Professor of Classics

Emily Ogden

  • Assistant Professor of English

Victoria Olwell

  • Associate Professor of English

Geeta Patel

  • Professor of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures and Women, Gender & Sexuality

Charlotte J. Patterson

  • Chair of Women, Gender & Sexuality and Professor of Psychology

Gustavo Pellón

  • Professor of Spanish

Andrea L. Press

  • William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Media Studies and Sociology

Allison Pugh

  • Professor of Sociology

Claire Raymond

  • Lecturer a the Department of Art History and Sociology

Caroline Rody

  • Professor of English

Marlon Ross

  • Professor of English

Lynn M. Sanders

  • Associate Professor of Politics

Lisa Shutt

  • Lecturer of African American & African Studies

Karl Shuve

  • Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Lisa Speidel

  • Assistant Professor, General Faculty, of Women, Gender & Sexuality

Denise Walsh

  • Associate Professor of Politics and Women, Gender & Sexuality

Gweneth West

  • Professor of Costume Design

Kath Weston

  • Professor of Anthropology

W. Bradford Wilcox

  • Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology

Eleanor V. Wilson

  • Associate Professor of Instruction and Special Education

Nicholas J. G. Winter

  • Associate Professor of Politics

Lisa Woolfork

  • Associate Professor of English