Esther Van Eek, a proud member of Associated Designers of Canada, has been working as a costume designer, milliner, props designer, assistant set designer, and illustrator in the US and Canada for many years. She holds a BFA in printmaking (‘83) and an MFA in Theatre Design (’06) graduating with distinction from The George Washington University. Van Eek has received awards for both costume design and theatre pedagogy, including an International Teaching and Learning conference award for “(Un)-learning: Rediscovering the Creative Self”.
Selected design credits include The Taming, Accomplice, Heroes, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Parasite Drag (Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, MA); Tartuffe, Emma, Crimes of the Heart, Hedda Gabler, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (University Players, Windsor, ON); As You Like It (The Academy of Classical Acting, Washington, DC); The Glory of Living (Didactic Theatre, Washington, DC); The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Studio Theatre, Washington, DC).
Van Eek joined the faculty of the School of Dramatic Art at the University of Windsor in 2006 where she teaches Costume Design I and II, Drawing for the Theatre, Rendering for the Theatre, and Stage Make-up, and mentors up-and-coming designers. She serves as faculty costume designer for the University Players and continues her artistic practice as a printmaker and painter.
Room 209, Jackman Dramatic Art Centre
519-253-3000 ext. 2813