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Gypsy Ames

Adjunct Associate Professor and Costume Designer

Professor Ames has taught costume design and rendering for the theatre at the college since 1984, and has designed the costumes for the Drama and Dance productions during that time. A professional designer for theatre, opera and dance, she has designed over 240 productions during her career. Her credits include designs for Opera Colorado, the Colorado Ballet, Colorado Opera Festival, Theatreworks, the Theatre of Yugen, Kim Robards Dance Company, the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration, the Smokebrush Theatre, the Children’s Theatre company in Minneapolis and the Body Packaging Live Art Ramp Show. In 2008 she designed the costumes for the world premier of “The Dybbuk” in Montreal, Quebec. Ames exhibits her award winning costumes nationally in many galleries and museums, and is the author of “Color Theory” (Costumer’s Quarterly.) Areas of specialization include rendering, fabric modification, Oriental dance and design, color theory, ethnic costume, performance art costumes and mask making. She is a member of the Costume Society of America, and the International Costumer’s Guild.