Susan Mickey

Susan E. Mickey is an accomplished costume designer with a career in theatre, film and television. Most recently, her costume design for The Marriage of Figaro opened the 2016 season at Lyric Opera Chicago. She is the winner of a Carbonell Award for Don't Stop the Carnival, two Joseph Jefferson Awards for School For Lies and The Madness of George IIIand recently the winner of the Michael Merritt Award for Lifetime Achievement in Collaboration.

Mickey's costumes have graced the stage in almost every major regional theatre in America. She has collaborated on over 35 world premieres with teams as diverse as Kenny Leon and Pearl Cleage; Stephen King; John Mellencamp and T. Bone Burnett; and Jimmy Buffett and Herman Wouk.

Mickey has enjoyed extended design relationships with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Huntington Theatre in Boston and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, but her most lengthy artistic collaboration was with the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, where she designed over 58 productions spanning 30 years. Her work in television and film includes Miss Evers' Boys for HBO and Mama Flora's Family for CBS. She is the author of several books on sewing and home decor. In 2004, she joined the design faculty in the Department of Theatre and Dance and now serves as senior associate chair.

Areas of Expertise

Costume Design, History of Dress and Decor, Textiles, Fiber


Costume Design Graduate Studio 2, Costume Design Skills, Design Graduate Studio 1, Portfolio for Designers

Recent Works

  • Costume design for several productions, including:
    • The Marriage of Figaro, Lyric Opera Chicago.
    • Tug of War Foreign Fire (Edward III, Henry V, Henry VI.1), Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.
    • Pride and Prejudice, American Players Theatre.
    • Sense and Sensibility (World Premiere Musical), Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.
    • Othello, Portland Center Stage.
    • Cyrano De Bergerac, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.
    • Radio Golf, Syracuse Stage.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the UT Theatre and Dance community?

I enjoy being a member of a vibrant artistic community with artists creating interesting, challenging work.

What is your favorite thing about Austin?

The people.