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Tara Maginnis

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Tara Maginnis started writing the original version of The Costumer's Manifesto site in August 1996. Many portions of The Manifesto began as published and unpublished articles written by Tara while on leave in Russia during 1994-95. Tara kept adding to and improving the site from 1996 to 2010, at which point it became too large to manage alone. Upon reflection, she decided to turn the Manifesto into a Wiki covered by a Creative Commons License and editable by site users.

Tara is also the author/performer of Theatrical Makeup Design, a DVD-ROM series for teaching or learning Theatrical Makeup application and design. She is currently a Costume Designer and Instructor working in Northern California at Diablo Valley College. Previously she was a Professor of Theatre at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 1990-2007. Tara was awarded her Doctorate in Drama (Theatre History) at the University of Georgia in 1991, Her M.A. in Drama (Theatrical Design) from California State University Fresno in 1985, and her B.A. in History (European) from San Francisco State University in 1981. Tara was born and raised in Northern California.


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Tara was a professor and costume designer in the Theatre Department of the University of Alaska Fairbanks

from 1990-2007 She now is living in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is care giving for a family member and is also a part time costume design specialist at Diablo Valley College

However, she is best known for her creation of The Costumer's Manifesto, one of the World Wide Web's largest, and most eclectic, costume sites.

You can view her portfolio of Costume and Makeup designs online. Her resume is also online, as well as images from her latest shows, updated regularly.


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Tara has written numerous articles for Theatre Design and Technology, the Journal of The United States Institute of Theatre Technology, of which she is a member. Tara also was the computer columnist for The Costume Research Journal,the former quarterly publication of the USITT Costume Commission. Tara has published articles in CostumeTheatre Crafts, and the Ladies' Gallery as well as other magazines. She is also a member of The Costume Society of America, The Costume Society (UK), The International Costumer's Guild, and Costumer's Guild West.

Tara is available for conference presentations and workshops. She has given workshops at USITT, NWDC, Costume Con and other venues on items as varied as

Putting your Costume Program Online

The Stripper as Sexual Ideal

Alaska Native Dress

Faculty Web Page Design,

Putting Design into the Hands of the Actor and Multimedia in Theatre Education. She has experience in authoring online classes, and teaching using the web and other computer applications.

Tara enjoys dumpster diving in the summer months to find home decorating materials. Most summers she travels to costume museums to take photos for the Manifesto site.

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There is also now an online interview with Tara in From Brecht to Dada to Dumpster Diver Décor in Literati Magazine

Fairbanks Daily News Miner Article On Tara 10/18/04

This Page is part of The Costumer's Manifesto originally founded by Tara Maginnis, Ph.D. from 1996-2014, now flying free as a wiki for all to edit and contribute. Site maintained, hosted, and wikified by Andrew Kahn. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License; additional terms may apply. See Terms of Use for details. You may print out any of these pages for non-profit educational use such as school papers, teacher handouts, or wall displays. You may link to any page in this site.

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