Frances Coordinates the Costume Design program in the Theatre Department and works with costume design students designing in Film and Television. Frances is a Costume Designer with an extensive career. Recent designs include Invitation to a Beheading at the Steppenwolf and Chopin Theaters, The Producers, The Addams Family Musical and The Color Purple (each Jeff Nominated, Best Costume) at The Mercury Theater in Chicago, The Goat: or Who is Sylvia (Jeff award, Best Production) at Remy Bumppo, Four Monologues, a short film, Speaking in Tongues, the History of Babel for Impact Theater Ensemble, The Photographist an independent film, Gee's Bend, Permanent Collection, and The Retreat from Moscow at Northlight Rep, the debut of Year Zero at Victory Gardens and Continental Divide at Pegasus. Frances has designed for The American Players Theater, The Gift Theater, Eclipse Theater, Court Theater, Steppenwolf, The Milwaukee Rep, American Players Theater, The Mystery Writers Festival of Kentucky, and The Madison Rep. She served as the resident designer for The National Jewish Theater and The Immediate Theater. Frances is a founding member of The Michael Merritt steering committee and The Carol Cohen Scholarship committee. She is a member of United Scenic Artists and The Costume Society of America. Frances received an MFA from the Theater School/DePaul University and a B.A. in Communications and Theater from the University of Illinois, Chicago.
B.A., Communication and Theatre University of Illinois-Chicago 1982
M.F.A., Costume Design DePaul University 1987