Faculty Profile

Maggie Morgan
Professor and Graduate Advisor of Theatre & Dance

Maggie Morgan is a costume designer for stage and screen. Her recent work includes a Broadway musical, feature and short films and several productions at California theaters.

Recent Works

Maggie Morgan is a costume designer for stage and screen whose recent work includes the new Broadway musical “Soul Doctor” and the feature film “Car Dogs” starring Patrick J. Adams, George Lopez, Nia Vardolos, and Octavia Spencer which premiered at the Catalina film Festival 2015. She recently designed a co-production of “Office Hour” at Berkeley Rep and Long Wharf Theatre and “Miss Bennet’s Christmas” at Cap Stage, “The Real Thing” at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley, “Endgame” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City directed by Alan Mandell and the award-winning web series “Send Me,” which streamed on BET.com. Additional recent designs include “Communicating Doors,” “It Shoulda Been You,” “Tenderly” and “Don’t Dress for Dinner” at Center Rep, and and “Intelligence” (short film), “Soul Doctor” (Off-Broadway), “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” directed by Glenn Casale (California Musical Theatre), and “Camelot,” directed by David Lee (Pasadena Playhouse). Other notable shows include “Sunset Boulevard,” directed by Peter Hunt (Hollywood Bowl), “Phaedra” with Antaeus Company (Getty Villa), the world premiere musicals of “Sleeping Beauty Wakes,” directed by Jeff Calhoun (Deaf/West, Kirk Douglas Theatre), “The Haunting of Winchester,” directed by Michael Butler (San Jose Rep), and “Mask: a New Musical,” directed by Richard Maltby, Jr. (Pasadena Playhouse).

Awards and Honors

Maggie Morgan’s award-winning work includes “Demonology and The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite” at the Mark Taper Forum (Drama-Logue Award), “Endgame” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre (Ovation Nomination), ”Waiting for Godot at the Matrix Theatre (Ovation Nomination), “Bach at Leipzig” at South Coast Rep (LA Drama Critics Nomination), “Enchanted April” at Center Rep (Bay Area Critics Circle Nomination, Shelli Nomination), “Sleeping Beauty Wakes” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, produced by Center Theatre Group and Deaf/West Theatre (Honorable Mention for Costume Design from Backstage.com Garland Awards).

Her design work was featured in CURTAIN CALL: Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance, an exhibition at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, co-curated by Carrie Robbins and Barbara Cohen-Stratyner. November 2008–May 2009.

Designs for Film and Digital Media

The award-winning web series “Send Me” which streamed on Bet.com.  Film designs include “Car Dogs (2017),” “Intelligence,” “Alex in Wonder,” “Breathing Hard,” “Spiral,” “Mad Boy I’ll Blow your Blues Away.” “Be Mine” and “Living in Walter’s World.” Ms. Morgan has worked as an assistant costume designer on many feature films including: “Men in Black,” ”A Bronx Tale,” “Casino,” “Apollo 13,” “Murder by Numbers,” ”The Fan,” “Batman and Robin,” “My Giant,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Mona Lisa Smile.”

Designs for Theatre

Ms. Morgan has also designed shows in New York on Broadway, and Off-Broadway at SOHO Rep, HB Playwrights, NADA, Fordham University at Lincoln Center and at many regional theaters including Berkeley Rep, Kirk Douglas theatre, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep, Long Wharf Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Yale Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, TheatreWorks, Sacramento Theatre Company, the Magic Theatre and California Musical Theatre. For Sideshow Physical Theatre she has designed “Tilly No-Body,” “Elephant’s Graveyard,” and the “Zona Rosa Project.” For UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance: “The Gambling Lady,” “Spring Awakening,” “Some Things Are Private,” “Urinetown: The Musical,” “The Laramie Project,” “H.M.S. Pinafore” and “The Tragedy of Doctor Faustus.”

Education and Professional Affiliations

Ms. Morgan is a member of United Scenic Artists, local 829 and the Costume Designers Guild, local 892. She holds an M.F.A. in Design from the Yale School of Drama and a B.A. in Dramatic Art from UC Davis. Professor Morgan joined the UC Davis Theatre and Dance Department faculty in 2003.

 

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