Costume Studio Manager
Entertainment Technology Center, Room 104, 603 W. Palm Avenue
Pat Cavins has been the Costume Studio Manager at Chapman University since 1999. Before coming to Chapman, Pat managed the costume shop at the University of California, Irvine for 11 years. Prior to working at UCI she managed the costume shop at the University of Utah, home of the Lort B ranked Pioneer Theatre Company, for 12 years. Pat's interest in Shakespeare was sparked during five summer seasons spent at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah, from 1983-1988. She continues to work as a guest draper at regional festivals, the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, OR, and the Alabama Shakespeare Company in Montgomery, AL.
Pat previously managed the costume shop for Shakespeare Orange County, supported in part by Chapman University, working on productions such as Hamlet and Twelfth Night or What You Will. She has been a guest draper and tailor for South Coast Repertory, Center Theater Group, Opera Pacific and LA Opera. Her work has also been seen on television in programs such as Little House on the Prairie, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Babylon 5, and Charmed. Pat has worked extensively in the dance field with groups including American Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor Company, Ballet West, and Ballet Pacifica. Together with her students she has worked on productions such as Romeo & Juliet, Carmen, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Project Synergy, and Mediation on Integrations.
Costume Studio Assistant Manager
Entertainment Technology Center, 603 W. Palm Avenue
Ruthe was born in Brazil but was raised in Southern California. She has her BA in Home Economics, and MA in Theater from California State University, Los Angeles, where she was subsequently hired as their Costume and Makeup Supervisor for 8 years. After taking a few years off to raise her children, she worked at University of California, Irvine, first as a stitcher for a year and then as Costume Shop Foreman for five years. After contracting as a Cutter with Chapman for 10+ years, she was hired in August 2016 as the Costume Studio Assistant Manager. While her initial emphasis was design, she now finds fulfillment in helping young designers realize their dreams.
Director of Production
Entertainment Technology Center, Room 110, 603 W. Palm Avenue
Don is an Associate Professor of Entertainment Technology and also serves as the Director of Production for the College of Performing Arts. In addition to his work at Chapman, he is a prolific designer for magic, dance, theatre, themed entertainment, and architecture. His work has been seen on six continents and in 48 US states.
Shop Foreman, College of Performing Arts
Moulton Hall 215
Richard Jackson is the Shop Foreman for the College of Performing Arts, and has worked at Chapman for 30 years. A few of Richard's credits include: Our Country's Good, The Robber Bridegroom, Man of La Mancha, Hair, Pippin, Hamlet, Once in a Lifetime, The Trial, She Loves Me, and God and Death. In addition to his duties at Chapman, Richard has also served as Technical Director and Technical Supervisor for Shakespeare Orange County.
Production Manager/Technical Director
Entertainment Technology Center, Room 111, 603 W. Palm Avenue
Michael brings with him nearly 30 years of experience in live entertainment that has carried him around the world in search of strange but good food, art, and entertainment. He has been a Flying Director and Mechanical Designer for Flying by Foy in Las Vegas, creating effects for the Hong Kong Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, and Tokyo Disney; a Mechanical Designer for Scenic Technologies on Broadway’s Nick and Nora; a Technical Consultant for BRC Imagination Arts on Universal Studios Osaka’s Movie Magic, Texas Spirit Theater at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, TX, and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL. He has also worked as a Technical Director and Production Manager for a variety of theatre companies, such as Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre, The Geffen Playhouse, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Shakespeare Center LA, including their annual Simply Shakespeare fundraiser hosted by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. He is a personal chef to the lovely and talented award winning costume designer Holly Poe Durbin. He is on the Board of Directors at Orange Home Grown in the City of Orange. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona, specializing in mechanical effects for the theatre.