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Laura studied design and directing at Baylor University and after several years of free-lance work completed her studies at University of Missouri – Kansas City in the area of costume design and technology. Upon graduation she furthered her studies by engaging in private instruction in tailoring for the theatre with Bob Trump in St. Louis. After moving to the State College area, she free-lanced for fifteen years as a theatrical tailor and draper before joining Penn State in 2006. Her areas of specialization include tailoring, draping, patternmaking, period knitwear, and history of fashion.
Regional theatre and opera credits include multiple shows for The Goodman Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Theatre St. Louis, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Washington National Opera, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Arden Theatre, and others.
New York credits include multiple shows with Susan Hilferty including the original production of Spring Awakening, and revival of Assassins at the Roundabout Theatre.