Kate Mathis-Mott is the resident draper in the CSU costume shop. She also teaches Costume Design I and designs productions for CSU Opera and Dance. Kate is a Colo. native and is very excited to be back in her home state.
Kate earned her B.A. in Costume Design from the University of Northern Colorado in 2008 where she had the opportunity to design productions such as The Rocky Horror Show and Hansel and Gretel. While earning her B.A., Kate had the privilege of working as a stitcher and craftsperson in the UNC costume shop. Kate was awarded the KCACTF Award for Meritorious Achievement in Costume Design for her work on The Rocky Horror Show.
Following the receipt of her B.A., Kate spent three years as a freelance designer and technician in the Denver area, including costume designs such as Lend Me a Tenor at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Auntie Mame with Vintage Theatre. During this time Kate also designed commercial children’s costumes at Princess Paradise, LLC.
Kate went on to earn her M.F.A. in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2014. Her designs included, God of Carnage, a co-production with the Unicorn Theatre, David Lindsay Abaire’s A Devil Inside, Number the Stars a co-production with the Coterie Theatre, Anton Chekov’s Three Sisters, and Love’s Labour’s Lost, directed by Edward Stern in Spencer Theatre. While studying in Kansas City Kate had the pleasure of learning such crafts as millinery, molding and casting, wig styling, draping and tailoring as well as rendering, painting and life drawing.
After earning her M.F.A. Kate spent several years freelancing throughout the US. Her designs include Hansel and Gretel with the Nightingale Opera Theatre in Hudson, Ohio, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds with Kansas City Actors Theatre, Equus and Euridyce at The Living Room Theatre, Around the World in 80 Days at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, and Fiddler on the Roof with Spinning Tree Theatre in Kansas City. Other designs include Merrily We Roll Along and Boeing, Boeing at the Summer Repertory Theatre Festival and Arsenic and Old Lace at Creede Repertory Theatre. Kate has recently returned to opera design with La Traviata and Tosca with Finger Lakes Opera in upstate New York under the direction of Fenlon Lamb.
In 2015-2016, Kate worked as the costume shop manager and costume designer at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. before joining the staff at Summer Repertory Theatre Festival as costume shop manager in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Kate joined the costume shop staff at CSU in Fall 2016, and is thrilled to work with this incredibly talented and passionate group of educators, performers, designers, and artisans.
MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City