Presenter Profile

Erin Carignan

Guest Artist, Colorado State University Fort Collins

Erin is a versatile costume designer who has worked in regional theatre, opera, dance, music videos, and print ads in roles ranging from costume designer, stylist, and textile artist, to crafts artisan. She has been a part of over 150 professional productions with several theatre companies, most notably Old Globe Theatre, Los Angeles Opera, La Jolla Playhouse, and  Pioneer Theatre. Her research centers around her most passionate subjects: costume design, textile surface modification, and pushing the boundaries of design and technology using digital mediums and interfaces. She is most interested where these subjects intersect in theatrical artistry and technical application. This research ties in with her own book The Dye Book: Dyeing and Painting for the Entertainment Industry (on contract with Focal press 2020). She is an active member and presenter for USITT, and a USA 829. Erin’s is the Assistant Professor of Theatre, Costume Design at Colorado State University, Fort Collins.

Erin's Workshops


    What Nightmares are Made Of: Creating Realistic Burns, Gashes, and Wounds.

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    Learn how to create realistic burns, cuts, and gashes directly on the skin! No more waiting for materials to dry to create layers and build up scar tissue. These scars and burns are reusable, waterproof, and latex-free! Get your hands on products used by the professional makeup industry and leave with a burn, gash, or cut that will gross-out everyone you meet.