Patricia Risser joined the staff of Texas Performing Arts in 2001 after five years teaching design and managing the Costume Shop at Boston University. Besides her work as a university shop manager, Risser has had an extensive and varied professional career.
She has worked as a draper for many of the regional theatres in the country including Center Stage-Baltimore, Hartford Stage Company, Syracuse Stage, The Goodman Theatre in Chicago and the Huntington Theatre in Boston. Risser spent five years as the head of costume construction for the Long Wharf Theatre and has built costumes for Joann Woodward, Len Cariou, Ron Silver and Jim Dale among others. While at the Long Wharf, Risser also served as the costume designer for the New Play Series Workshop. She has costumed new works by A.R. Gurney, Joe Keenan, and Teresa Rebeck and worked with nationally known directors John Tillinger, Gordon Edelstien and Tony Kushner.
Risser's experience as a costume designer includes 13 years as resident costume designer for Pennsylvania's Totempole Playhouse and she has designed for the opera at the Peabody Consevatory in Baltimore as well as ballet and modern dance at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Regionally, Risser has designed for Syracuse Stage and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.
Areas of Expertise
Shop Management, Costume Construction, Draping
What do you enjoy most about being a part of the UT Theatre and Dance community?
Guiding emerging artists and technicians through the production process.
What is your favorite thing about Austin?
The lively arts community.