A dynamic and vibrant part of university life for nearly four decades, the Theater Department holds the key to a powerful visual montage of Stritch’s performing arts history.
Located in the basement of the Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies/Fine Arts, the costume shop, a 1,200-square-foot, humidity-controlled storage facility, is a living history museum of sorts. The space stows hundreds of jackets, robes, uniforms, dresses, hats and other assorted accoutrements that have helped bring Stritch’s theater productions to life.
But the costume shop is much more than a symbol of an impressive past; these costumes are continually refurbished and reinvented. “Unless the piece is antique or vintage, we cut and paste all the time,” said Robert Liebhauser, assistant professor and chair of the Theater Department.
View a photo gallery of an insider's visit to the costume shop.
Link to a calendar of upcoming Stritch theater productions.
Photos by Kou Vang, '04