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Kevin  McCluskey - University of Mary Washington. Fredericksburg, VA, US

Kevin McCluskey

Associate Professor, Theatre & Dance | University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA, UNITED STATES

Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance





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Kevin McCluskey, Associate Professor of Theatre, holds an MFA (1992) in theatre from Indiana University and a BFA (1988) from the University of South Dakota. He is a member of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology and also serves as monitor for their Costume Rental Database, a source for more than 300 members to locate difficult-to-find costume pieces.

He is the author of the article “Empire Dress in America,” which appeared in Encyclopedia USA. He also designed and executed costumes for the American premiere of the play "Emmy Goering Stands By Her Man," as well as the premiere professional production of the play "Darlin’." In addition, he has worked with the Utah Musical Theatre, the Black Hills Playhouse, Chadron State College, Post Playhouse, and Puppet Projects.

McCluskey is an expert in costume/fashion history, costume design and construction, theatrical makeup design, and period style for theatre, which examines how art, architecture, decor, dress, and ideas are combined and influence one another to create the historical design for a period play.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Fashion Design

Costume Design

Dramatic Literature

Fashion History

Accomplishments (1)

Designed costumes and makeup for over 100 productions (professional)


Includes Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Blithe Spirit and Godspell at the University of Mary Washington

Education (2)

Indiana University: M.F.A., Theatre 1992

University of South Dakota: B.F.A, Theatre 1988

Affiliations (2)

  • Costume Rental Database
  • United States Institute of Theatre Technology

Media Appearances (2)

Brides, past and present, return as Delianne’s gets ready to close

Republican-American  online


“By the time we get to the 70s, probably most women’s wedding dresses were manufactured, either by a local dress maker or a factory,” said Kevin McCluskey, associate professor of costume design with a specialty in fashion history and period style at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia.

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Students Showcase Talent During PRISM Drag Show

The Blue & Gray Press  online


The judges of the competition were esteemed UMW professors and administration members, including theatre professor and costume designer for Klein Theatre Kevin McCluskey, professor of psychology Laura Wilson, Associate Vice President and Dean of Student Life Cedric Rucker and Assistant Dean for Student Involvement Melissa Jones...

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Courses (1)

3 credits THEA 1115 Introduction to Theatre

3 credits THEA 1115 Introduction to Theatre

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