College of Communication and the Arts

Erica Frank, Theatre Lecturer, Costume Design

Erica Frank, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre, Costume Design

Erica Frank is a costume designer of theatre, film, and commercial production, with a specialization in mask and puppetry. Within the Costume Department she holds many titles, including supervisor and technician, making her a uniquely qualified artist and professor. Recent work includes collaboration on Henson Puppet Workshop The Collector of Lies, Costume Designer for the feature film  Breaking at the Edge, Specialty Costume Crafter for the NBC's Television Show, Revolution, Tailor/Set Costumer on the feature film, The Hunger Games, and Assistant Designer for 20th Century Fox Film,  Neighborhood Watch.

After completing her BFA at Parsons School of Design, she opened a designer shop and studio on the LES of New York City. She soon found much of her work was gravitating from fashion design to theatre design and specialty craft services for Manhattan’s theatre industry. A move to Los Angeles resulted with an MFA at California Institute of the Arts, and led to Costume Design for the feature film Phantom Love, with world renowned experimental director Nina Menkes. This film took her Sundance, film festivals all over the world, awards, and retrospectives at MOCA in Los Angeles,  and screenings at  The MOMA, New York. It also gained her entry to Costume Designers Guild. Now, also a member of The Studio Mechanics 491, she continues to work bi-coastal. Her unique craft skills, fantasy designs, and familiarity with east and west coast markets makes her an asset to our theatre, film, and video production program.  

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Last Updated: 6/26/15