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Working As A Team/ Theatre Production Team

11: The Designer of Costumes


Students will demonstrate understanding of the role of a costume designer and the importance of costumes and costume design to theatre by researching and creating a costume design for a character in their chosen scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


Materials Needed

Costumes on display

Computer Costume Presentation

Projector with computer connected to it

Distribute the Costume Designer Worksheet

Costume Designer Packet


Related Documents


Lesson Directions

Anticipatory Set/Hook

If possible, have a variety of costumes displayed on forms and/or hanging around the room. If that is not possible, have pictures or posters of costumes posted around the room.



Step 1—Ask students what they think the topic of discussion will be in today’s class. (costume)

Ask: Why do you think we’re going to talk about costumes?  (costumes and/or pictures or posters of costumes displayed on forms and/or hanging around the room)

How are costumes related to theatre?

How do costumes influence a production?

How important are costumes?

How do costumes come about?

Step 2—Tell the students that they are going to take a quiz to find out what they already know. Distribute the Costume Designer Worksheet. Ask the students to write the answers to the questions about costume designers.

Step 3—Discuss the students’ answers to the first question: What is a costume designer?

Write the high points of the discussion on the board. 

Have students note the information that is not in their quiz answers so they can refer to it later.

Step 4—Repeat Step 3 for each of the following questions: 

What are a costume designer's responsibilities?

What traits, talents, and/or skills does a costume designer need?

Step 5—Ask a few students the following question: What kind of costumes would you design for your scene?

What are the reasons behind your choices?

What kind of things does a costumer needs to keep in mind when designing a show?

Step 6—Show the Costume Designer Presentation. 

Discuss different aspects of costume design throughout the presentation. (collaborating with director and set/lighting designers, review the production concept, doodling, jotting down ideas, development of design sketches, colors, fabrics, etc.)

Step 7— Distribute the Set Designer packet of handouts with templates, samples, and requirements for the Costume section of the Production book.

Explain the requirements and expectations: 

Costume Designer: 100pts

Definition 5pts

Responsibilities 5pts

Correlating Handouts/Research 5pts

Preliminary Design Sketches 10pts

and Notations 5pts

Final Design Sketches/Pix 20pts

and Notations 5pts

Description 5pts

Fabric Swatches/colors 10pts

Explanation of choices 5pts

Costume Construction Crew (own research)

Definition 5pts

Responsibilities 5pts

Correlating Handouts/Research 5pts

Step 8—Remember when I told you that you are not students today—You are costume designers. You are to use the remaining time of the class period to start creating your own design for your scene from Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Step 9—Explain the Expectations and Consequences of this work day:

Expectations: Students are expected to use the time wisely.

Students will do their own work.

Participation points are determined by how much is accomplish during the period.

Students will be required to submit all work at the end of the period.

I will be available to help, clarify, and answer questions.

Consequences: Today’s work day will end immediately, and students will not be given work time in the future.


Step 10—(As each student turns in his/her test) Hand out the Portfolio Grading Sheet and instruct the student(s) that they have the rest of the period to complete work on their Production Book. 

Step 11—Continually monitor the students throughout the class period. Maintain close proximity with students by walking around the room, checking students’ work.

Step 12—Keep the students apprised of the time.

Step 13— Ask students if they need any help.

Step 14—Have students wind up their projects and clean up a few minutes before the bell rings.

Ask: Was this time helpful? How? Why?

CLOSURE: Remind students that they must finish the project outside of class. Also, remind students to write in their learning log.



Participation in discussions and learning activities, teacher observation, creation of costume design.