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Professor.Claremarie Verheyen



Claremarie, a succesful free lance designer and technician, is currently an associate professor at the University of Houston where she is their faculty costume history and make-up designer, instructor and technician. During her forty years as a theatre artist, she has designed over 400 productions including drama, opera, dance, high-fashion, film, video, television, circus and commercials.

In addition to her academic and commercial work in Houston, she has served as an executive member and president of the Houston' Theatre Network, an active member and portfolio commissioner of the National United States Institute for Theatre and Technology and as a second vice-president for the USITT Southwest Region. She regularly offers Commedia Mask workshops and symposiums in museums, colleges and regional theatres. Claremarie has advanced fashion millinery training and went to Italy to research the original techniques for the creation of Commedia-dell-arte-Masks. She was presented with the Outstanding Lifetime Service Award from the USITT SW this spring.

She is on the advisory board of the Houston Community College Fashion and Marketing Program and regularly offers a class there in Theatrical Costume Design and Technology. During the summers she teaches a graduate make up course and is a costume designer for the Houston Children’s Theatre Festival, The Notre Dame Shakespeare Initiative and Shakespeare by the Book. She also designs for The Alley Theater, Stages Repertory Theatre,The Lab Theatre, HCC Central and Stages Children’s Theatre and Houston Repertory Theatre.

Claremarie has been the featured costume designer at the Texas Education Theatre Associations' convention and is the recipient of their “University Educator of the Year Award.” She continues to work on the development of a web delivered Costume History class offered through the University and offers seminars in resume and portfolio preparation.

She was the featured designer at the regional convention of the United States Institute of Technology in Hot Springs Arkansas and is the co-chairman of the annual Design Fest Competition. Recently she gave a series of workshops on mask technology at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Her latest interest is in providing makeup design and technology consultation for disaster training in municipal triage.