Teresa Snider-Stein

category: Actor, Film, Visual,

Contact & Info

  • tssdesign99@gmail.com

Artist Statement

Teresa Snider-Stein, costume design. My passions encompass theater, film, television, opera, dance, and experimental mediums. Working in the theater, film, and television industries for over twenty-five years I’ve endeavored to tell the story in visual terms. As a teaching artist here in Westchester, I developed an innovative project-based curriculum, “History Addressed”, which integrates costume design pedagogy with historical or literature based lessons to allow students to more fully relate to the human condition in a specific historical time period. Recent projects have included, “The Life of Eastern European Jews just prior to the Holocaust”, “The Roaring Twenties”, “Colonial Life in the United States”, “Rainforest People” and “1960’s Record Album Covers”. In my professional life many design opportunities have supported an investigation into issues of global, local, or personal importance and some have employed comedic elements to explore social issues leading to growth for me as an artist and an individual. I seek out projects that integrate my intellectual interests in history, art, and literature with collaborative activities and visual communication techniques to create costume designs to serve the script and help bring the story to life. I reflect these experiences back to benefit student learning as well as fold it into the fabric of my creative identity. Selected costume designs include I’m Not Rappaport by Herb Gardner (Broadway & Regional Tour); Everett Beekin by Richard Greenberg (Lincoln Center); and Pulitzer Prize-winning The Young Man from Atlanta by Horton Foote (Signature Theatre, Huntington Theatre, & Alley Theatre). Recent NYC designs include Promising by Michelle Elliott, Breakfast with Mugabe by Fraser Grace, Hereafter Musical by Vinnie Favale & Frankie Keane, and Him by Daisy Foote. As founding resident costume designer at Signature Theater NYC, I designed over 35 productions by Romulus Linney, Lee Blessing, Edward Albee, Horton Foote, Adrienne Kennedy, Sam Sheppard, Arthur Miller, John Guare, and Maria Irene Fornes, working directly with each playwright to focus on specificity of character and tap into each author’s particular point of view. Additional Selected NYC credits: Playwrights Horizons, Public Theater, Lucille Lortel, Classic Stage Co., Vineyard Theatre and Primary Stages. Regionally: South Coast Rep, Goodspeed Opera Company, The Alley Theatre, New York Stage and Film, Dallas Theatre Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ford’s Theater, Coconut Grove Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Portland Stage Company, Dorset Theatre Festival, and Paper Mill Playhouse. Various Film and Television credits include The Late Show with David Letterman, The Sopranos and Hello Roz. In answer to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s initiative to end violence against women worldwide designed Tiyatoglobal’s production of MIKA at United Nations Trusteeship Council Chamber, NYC. Design work included in World Scenography 1990-2005 by Eric Fielding and Peter McKinnon, 2014 Bronze Medal Costume Design 2005 World Stage Design International Exhibition Member of United Scenic Artists local 829 Associate Professor Costume Design, CUNY Brooklyn College Department of Theater for MFA and BFA design students.  

Educational Background

Yale University, New Haven, CT                                            M.F.A. Costume Design, Yale School of Drama Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH                               B.A. Magna cum Laude with Honors, Department of Theatre  Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Society