LAUREN T. ROARK

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF COSTUME DESIGN

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, KNOXVILLE

APPOINTMENT: AUGUST 2018

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Ms. Roark is a freelance costume designer, maker, and teaching artist with a decade of professional experience spanning four continents, including Europe, Asia, and South America. What she has learned from her endeavors is threefold: the necessary duality of design and costume technology, the importance of utilizing digital technology in design, and the value of international travel and internships. 

After teaching at colleges and universities around the country, Ms. Roark now makes her home at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She serves as the head of graduate costume design and a resident costume designer for the Clarence Brown Theatre (LORT), where she is excited to be training the next generation of theatre artists.

She continues to work professionally in genes including: Shakespeare, musicals, new works, theatre for young audiences, and opera. Her theatrical design credits include productions with the Tony-Award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Theatre, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Emerald City Theatre, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Festival of International Opera of the Americas, and others. Her work has been featured in the United States Institute for Theatre Technology Young Designers’ Forum Exhibition and she received the Barbizon Award for Theatrical Design Excellence. 

Lauren received her MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a BA in Theatre-Design and Production from Illinois State University. Ms. Roark is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.

To view highlights of her work, prior to employment at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, please visit www.laurentroark.com.

RESEARCH
"DESIGN WITH PROCREATE"

2020-2022

 

SOUTHERN THEATRE MAGAZINE, SPRING-SUMMER 2021

ACCOMPANYING YOUTUBE VIDEO FOR PUBLISHED ARTICLE

FREELANCE
CREATIVE ACTIVITY

2018-2022

DEPARTMENTAL 
CREATIVE ACTIVITY

2018-2022

2018-2019

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)[REVISED]

2019-2020

2020-2021

2021-2022 (IN PROCESS)

ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL

CLUE

*PRODUCTIONS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

UTAH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, UT

BUCKS COUNTY PLAYHOUSE, PA

LAKE SUPERIOR STATE UNIVERSITY, MI

REPERTORY THEATRE OF ST. LOUIS, MO

GREAT LAKES THEATRE, OH

LAKE SUPERIOR STATE UNIVERSITY, MI

UTAH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, UT

UTAH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, UT

LAKE TAHOE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, NV

IDAHO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, ID

ARKANSAS REPERTORY THEATRE, AR

UTAH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, UT

UTAH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, UT

UTAH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, UT

THEATRE ASPEN, CO

WHITMAN COLLEGE, WA

UTAH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, UT

UTAH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, UT

2018-2019

CLARENCE BROWN THEATRE, TN

2019-2020

2020-2021

ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE*

2021-2022

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE

*PRODUCTIONS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC