Cynthia (or Cindy, as her friends know her) has had a passion for sewing, historical fashion, film, and theater costumes since her early teens. She is drawn to the technical artistry, engineering, and collaborative aspects of costume making. She received her BFA in Costume Technology, and has worked professionally at a number of theaters throughout the United States. Cynthia opened Redthreaded in 2009 as a way to offer her costuming skills to a global retail client base, and soon expanded the scope of the business to theatrical contracts as well.
Cynthia runs Redthreaded from a studio just outside of Boulder, Colorado, where she is lucky to enjoy a view of the Rocky Mountains just steps from her door.
Redthreaded Costumes – Boulder, CO 2009-Present
Owner and Manager of Redthreaded, a costume business specializing in handmade historical corsetry, gowns, and undegarments. Full-time business responsibilities include employee management, design, product development, patterning and stitching, bookkeeping, marketing, client correspondence, supply sourcing, and maintaining an online retail presence. Clients include Broadway and off-Broadway, network television, regional theaters, historical sites, universities, reenactors, fashion designers, hobbiest costumers, living history interpreters, and cosplayers. All costumes built in-house in Boulder, CO
Colorado Shakespeare Festival – Boulder, CO 2012-Present
Draper for mainstage summer productions on indoor and outdoor stages including fantasy-Elizabethan, Medieval, 18th century, 20th century and modern periods. Costume designers Hugh Hanson, Clare Henkel, Sarah Widgeon, Katie Horney
Stonehill College – Easton, MA 2012-2013
Shop Manager/Draper, 5 week seasonal contracts for fall and spring shows in College drama department. Position responsibilities included patterning and managing all professional staff and student work study stitchers. Costume Designer Joan Halpert
Santa Fe Opera – Santa Fe, NM
First Hand summer 2011, Staff Stitcher summer 2008, Apprentice Stitcher summer 2007 for mainstage opera productions. Designers included Kevin Knight, David C. Woolard, Jane Greenwood, Masatomo Ota, Laurent Pelley, Paul Brown, Robert Innes Hopkins, Gideon Davey, Martin Pakledinaz, Dunya Ramicova, Alan Moyer, Sue Wilmington
New Harmony Theatre – Evansville, IN 2009
Cutter/Draper for 3-show summerstock season including womenswear builds and extensive menswear alterations . Costume designer Shan Jensen.
UNC School of the Arts - Winston Salem, NC
Professional Overhire First Hand, Milliner 2011 for UNCSA's re-creation of the original Broadway production of Oklahoma! Build included approx. 24 female chorus looks and 8 silk covered buckram framed bonnets.
Costume Designer Bill Brewer
UNC School of the Arts – Winston-Salem, NC: Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Costume Technology, 2010
Pattern draping and drafting, team management, sketch interpretation, budgeting, corsetry, stretchwear, theatrical tailoring, menswear alterations, hand embroidery, ribbon embroidery, beading, dyeing and distressing, silk painting, illustration and costume rendering, machine maintenance, millinery, crafts work including fosshape, friendly plastic, sculpting foam
Available upon request