Press Releases 2014-2015

Hollywood Costume Designer visits the University of Wales Trinity Saint David

26.11.2014

Dorothy Baca, eminent costume designer and Professor of Theatre Costume Design at the University of New Mexico has just returned to the USA following five weeks as a guest lecturer at the Carmarthen campus of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD).

A highly acclaimed and experienced TV and film costume designer, Dorothy Baca’s work ranges from popular television series’ such as Dr Quinn Medicine Woman and Murder She Wrote, to feature films including Batman and Robin and What Women Want.

Her stage credits include the costume for Bette Middler’s signature character, Delores DeLago, the mermaid who rides in a wheelchair, designed for the Divine Madness World Tour – a show she co-designed with David Baca

With twenty-five years’ experience in the industry, Dorothy Baca returned to the University of New Mexico – the University she studied at – to take up a position as Co-head of the Design for Performance programme.

Her visit to Wales, and specifically to Carmarthen, came about because of a five-year long relationship between both institutions.  The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has a productive and burgeoning association with the University of New Mexico thanks to a successful student exchange project but Dorothy is the first member of staff to spend time teaching Welsh students in Carmarthen.

“Theatre students from UWTSD have spent a semester in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in our Department of Theatre and Dance.  We also have sent three students here for one semester. Because we have a relationship between the two schools, we have been discussing faculty exchange and I am the first, we hope, of that exchange,” says Dorothy Baca

“While here, I have lectured in several design/technology classes to the first year and second year students.  I am also mentoring a 3rd year costume design student with the touring production of Medea.  Alice Freeman, the current costume lecturer, has been especially helpful in assisting me settle into Carmarthen life and with each lecture.  All the School of Performance/Theatre faculty and staff have been generous and welcoming,” she continues.

Whilst at UWTSD in Carmarthen, Dorothy taught a four-day make-up design class to second year students and was clearly impressed with their talents – even though they had no previous experience.

“The students in the make-up class were outstanding,” she says. “Because they are focused on their major, and they have some art backgrounds, the make-up design process was easy for them to understand and execute.  They were eager and talented. It was a pleasure to see how quickly they learned and the high level of creativity of the students.”

Dorothy Baca clearly enjoyed her time with UWTSD and is certainly appreciative of the enthusiasm of both the lecturers and students in Carmarthen.                

“All the classes I have lectured in have been positive,” continues Dorothy. “The first year students are energetic and they have already established an interesting dynamic between them. My lectures and hands on demonstrations have been a great pleasure with the first years.               

“This has been an amazing experience. The University and the town have been very welcoming and supportive. I feel like I got to know and understand the Welsh culture.”

Dorothy has now returned to the University of New Mexico but due to the on-going relationship between both Universities and the value of the project in terms of experiences and ideas, it is hoped that the even more staff and students will have the opportunity to benefit in the future.

For more information about this exchange project or for any further details regarding the work of the International Office's activity in North America, please contact Kath Griffiths by emailing k.griffiths@tsd.uwtsd.ac.uk

 

Note to Editor

1.The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.

2. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.

3. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.

Further Information

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