Maelisa Singer

Costume Designer and Recent University Graduate

Level
Junior
Location
United States
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About me

Recent graduate from the University of Virginia in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama. Graduated with honors and was a Miller Arts Scholar while at UVA. An experienced costume designer, studio artist, writer and fashion director who is incredibly passionate about the historical, expressive and narrative qualities of fashion itself.

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Skills

  • Costume Design
  • Fashion Styling
  • Painting
  • Illustration
  • Writing
  • Report Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Microsoft Office
  • Creative Art Direction
  • Art Curation

Companies I’ve worked with

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    Her Campus

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      Smithsonian Institution

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        The University of Virginia

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          Trinity Fashion Society

          Work history

          Currently

          Sep 2016
          • Charlottesville, United States
          • Freelance
          • I have worked closely with the UVA Department of Drama as both a head costume designer and as an assistant costume designer for two productions on the department’s main stage. I’ve also collaborated with the UVA Department of Music to design the costumes for an opera in the spring of 2018. In addition, I’ve worked with various student theatre and film organizations while at UVA. This includes my costume design work for the 2017 Adrenaline Film Project in the Virginia Film Festival, as well as work for a number of student-produced short films. I have also designed the costumes for three stage productions by The Virginia Players organization during my time at UVA.

          2019

          Costume Designer for "[I]nquiry," under the 2019 ACCelerate Festival

          Smithsonian Institution

          Jan 2019 - May 2019
          • United States
          • Freelance
          • "[I]nquiry" was a dance performance piece staged at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in April 2019, as part of the ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival. This piece prompted a dialogue about the representation and projection of the curated self in modern digital culture through the use of movement, projected digital imagery, and sound. Each costume piece was custom selected to best suit the dancer’s personal identities and characteristics.

          2018

          Head of the Art Department

          DU Film Society

          Oct 2018 - Dec 2018
          • Dublin, Ireland
          • Full Time
          • I was in charge of both the production and costume design for the DU Film Society's fall 2018 short film. I was responsible for the overall design concepts and led a team of two assistants during the film's production stages.

          2018

          Committee Member

          Trinity Fashion Society

          Sep 2018 - Dec 2018
          • Dublin, Ireland
          • Full Time
          • I helped to organize, fund, and orchestrate various events throughout the fall 2018 academic term at Trinity College Dublin.

          2018

          Publicity Assistant for the UVA Department of Drama

          The University of Virginia

          Jan 2018 - May 2018
          • Charlottesville, United States
          • Full Time
          • I assisted the department’s publicity manager and we met on a weekly basis. I was solely responsible for constructing various playbills for the department’s main stage productions and communicating with all cast and crew members in order to do so. I also managed all of the UVA drama department’s social media accounts and was responsible for uploading content on both a weekly and daily basis.

          2019

          Head Fashion Director

          V Magazine UVA

          Dec 2017 - May 2019
          • Charlottesville, United States
          • Freelance
          • I was responsible for the design concept and orchestration of each editions fashion photo-shoot(s) and fashion editorials. I was also responsible for contacting local clothing retailers, photoshoot locations and scouting models. In addition, this role involved collaboration with other editorial team members in order to properly execute the overall creative vision.

          2018

          Senior Editor

          Her Campus

          Sep 2016 - Sep 2018
          • Charlottesville, United States
          • Full Time
          • Under this role, I was in charge of editing and uploading all of the articles to the website on a weekly basis. I was responsible for sending both mass emails to all of the team members, as well as performing individual member outreach when necessary.

          2019

          Head Art Curator

          V Magazine UVA

          Sep 2016 - May 2019
          • Charlottesville, United States
          • Full Time
          • I searched for, identified, and interviewed various student artists to be featured in each edition of the publication. This required communication and outreach skills, as well as direct collaboration with the editor-in-chief. I was also responsible for approving of the layout design and the cohesive organization of the selected artwork in each editorial spread.

          2016

          Content Writer

          V Magazine UVA

          Mar 2016 - May 2016
          • Charlottesville, United States
          • Freelance
          • For the Spring 2016 edition of V Magazine, I conducted an interview with a fashion designer after viewing her work in a local fashion show titled the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Culture Couture Fashion Performance.

          2018

          Features and Profile Writer

          Her Campus

          Sep 2015 - Sep 2018
          • Charlottesville, United States
          • Full Time
          • I wrote an average of one article per month, almost always on a subject matter of my own choosing. I was also responsible for contacting and conducting interviews with current UVA students to feature on the site. I would also occasionally work on joint-written, collaborative articles with other team members.

          2017

          Fashion Assistant

          V Magazine UVA

          Sep 2015 - Dec 2017
          • Charlottesville, United States
          • Full Time
          • I helped to organize and shop for the magazine’s fashion shoots and editorials. I worked directly with the head fashion director and other fashion editorial team members.

          Education

          2018

          Study Abroad Semester

          Trinity College Dublin

          Sep 2018 - Dec 2018
          • Dublin, Ireland
          • Semester of study abroad during the fall 2018 academic term.

          2019

          Bachelor of Arts (BA) Drama and Theatre Studies

          The University of Virginia

          Sep 2015 - Sep 2019
          • Charlottesville, United States
          • Miller Arts Scholar and graduated with honors.

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