Larissa McConnell

Faculty

Continuing Lab 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, 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. I have also 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. My summers lately have taken me back to our other home in New York which is very close to the beach on Lake Erie. I have been making jewellery, weaving, dyeing and beading scarves, and in general, exploring new mediums. I have been married sixteen years to my husband Jeff, who got me into all this, and we have a very quirky cat.

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 do. 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-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 (T/D Honors Project)

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
T/D-113 Costume Practicum 33 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2015/JN, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2014/JN, 2013/SP, 2013/JN, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2012/JN, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2011/JN, and 2010/FA
T/D-213 Costume Practicum 31 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2015/JN, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2014/JN, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2013/JN, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2012/JN, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2011/JN, and 2010/FA
T/D-313 Costume Practicum 22 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2011/JN, and 2010/FA
T/D-370 Advanced Studies in Performance: Creative Research 21 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, and 2011/SP
T/D-270 Intermediate Studies in Performance: Creative Research 17 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
T/D-398 T/D Honors Project 12 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, and 2012/SP
T/D-244 ST:Stage Makeup 8 2017/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2012/SP, and 2011/FA
T/D-372 Creative Research 4 2018/JN, 2016/JN, 2014/JN, and 2013/JN
T/D-237 Costume Construction 4 2018/JN, 2017/JN, 2016/JN, and 2015/JN
T/D-225 Costume Craft & Design 4 2016/FA, 2014/FA, 2012/FA, and 2010/FA
T/D-272 Intermediate Creative Expression 2 2015/JN and 2011/JN
T/D-344 ST:Adv Costuming Tech 1 2018/SP