Assistant Professor of Theater
Joined Connecticut College: 2004
On sabbatical Fall 2014
B.A., University of Central Florida
M.A., Southwest Missouri State University
M.F.A., University of Connecticut
• Costume design • Costume construction • Costume history • Costume shop management
Sabrina Notarfrancisco, a native of Berlin, Germany, has always had an affinity for both fabrics and theater. This combination of interests resulted in the natural career choice of costume designer. Sabrina has an MFA in Costume Design from the University of Connecticut and has worked at a variety of professional and educational theatrical venues.
Many of her favorite designs are from shows produced right here at Connecticut College. Connecticut College favorites include The Increased Difficulty of Concentration, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Naga Mandala, Uncle Vanya, After the Fall and Smash. Other favorites include Smokey Joe's Cafe, The Maids, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, Life is a Dream and Mad Forest.
In addition to designing professionally at the following venues, Sabrina has also served as the costume shop manager for the Lincoln Amphitheatre, Connecticut Repertory Theater and Theater by the Sea. She was the assistant designer at the Signature Theatre’s production of Lanford Wilson's Book of Days in New York City and numerous operas at the Connecticut Opera. She worked as a mask builder for the Wausau Dance Theater's production of Alice in Wonderland and the National Theatre of the Deaf's production of The Curse of Sleepy Hollow.
Sabrina’s primary scholarly interests lie in costume history. Favorite eras include the Elizabethan, Georgian, Empire, Victorian (particularly from 1890-1900) and Edwardian eras as well as the 1920s through the 1960s. She enjoys researching period details for costumes and really loves building historical underpinnings (corsets, bustles, petticoats, etc.). She is also engaged with the conceptually driven, post-modern approach to theatrical research and design.
She is a member of the United States Institute for Theater Technology (USITT).
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“Fashion fades, only style remains the same. - Coco Chanel
“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” - Mark Twain