Maile Speetjens attended Emerson College in Boston, Mass., where she received a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and worked extensively in the Emerson Costume Shop. After graduating from Emerson, Maile worked as a wardrobe supervisor and costume designer for Boston’s Actors Shakespeare Project, and continued as a cutter/draper at Emerson College. She received her M.F.A. in Costume Design from the University of Georgia, Athens, where she also worked as a designer and cutter/draper. Maile's design work includes Hidden Man (7 Stages, Atlanta), The Life and Times of Tulsa Lovechild, and The Dance of Hands (UGA), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Hawaii Childrens Theatre), Rent, and Bugsy Malone (Hawaii Childrens Theatre), and Much Ado About Nothing (Actors Shakespeare Project). She spends her summers teaching, directing and designing for Hawaii Childrens' Theatre, a non-profit organization on the island of Kauai dedicated to theatre education.