Professor Ames has taught Costume Design, Costume as Form and Rendering for the Theatre at the college, and designed the costumes for Drama and Dance productions since 1984. A professional designer for theatre, opera, dance and Performance Art, she has designed over 300 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. Recent credits include the design of costumes for the world premier of The Dybbuk in Montreal, Quebec, and the Theatreworks production of Everyman. 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, world costume, performance art costumes and mask making. She is a member of the Costume Society of America, and the International Costumer’s Guild.
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