Larissa McConnell


Adjunct Instructor in Theatre and Dance

I began teaching at Gustavus in 2010, but am originally from the Buffalo, NY area where there is significantly more snow and significantly less frigidness. I earned my M.F.A. in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, my B.F.A. in Production Design/Costumes, and my B.S. in Secondary Education/Earth Science from the State University of New York at Fredonia. Yes, I have a degree in science and yet somehow made the transition to theatre. (I blame my involvement with a medieval re-enactment club.) I have worked as Costume Shop Manager or Shop Assistant at several theatres around the country, including the Weston Playhouse Theatre in Vermont, the Alpine Theatre Project in Whitefish, Montana, and the Chautauqua Theatre Company in Chautauqua, NY.  Most recently, I worked as the Costume Designer/Shop Manager at Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey, MI. For the summer of 2011, three Gustavus students joined me there as interns. I have been married thirteen years to my husband Jeff who got me into all this, and we have two quirky cats.

I made the decision to be "an artist and a teacher" at four years old. I have taken many detours along the way, but this is truly what I have been called to. I love sharing what I know and watching how the students take what I teach and use, re-use and manipulate it all into new and exciting things.

Courses Taught


T/D-113 (Costume Practicum), T/D-213 (Costume Practicum), T/D-244 (ST:Flat Pattern/Drap), T/D-270 (Intermediate Studies in Performance: Creative Research), T/D-313 (Costume Practicum), T/D-370 (Advanced Studies in Performance: Creative Research), and T/D-398 (Theatre Honors Project)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
T/D-213Costume Practicum162014/JN, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2013/JN, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2012/JN, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2011/JN, and 2010/FA
T/D-113Costume Practicum142014/JN, 2013/SP, 2013/JN, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2012/JN, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2011/JN, and 2010/FA
T/D-313Costume Practicum92013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2011/JN, and 2010/FA
T/D-370Advanced Studies in Performance: Creative Research82013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, and 2011/SP
T/D-270Intermediate Studies in Performance: Creative Research72013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
T/D-398Theatre Honors Project32013/FA, 2013/SP, and 2012/SP
T/D-244ST:Stage Makeup32013/FA, 2012/SP, and 2011/FA
T/D-372Advanced Creative Expression22014/JN and 2013/JN
T/D-225Costume Craft & Design22012/FA and 2010/FA
T/D-272Intermediate Creative Expression12011/JN