Vanessa J Lopez is a M.F.A. in Design and Technology candidate with a focus in costume technology. She is a native of El Paso, Texas and graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. After graduation, Lopez returned to UIW to serve as the costume shop manager, which was a position she held until deciding to return to graduate school in the fall of 2016. Other professional credits include work as a stitcher for the Texas Shakespeare Festival, Austin Shakespeare Festival, Six Flags Fiesta Texas entertainment department and wardrobe crew for I.A.T.S.E. local #76 in San Antonio where she dressed several Broadway tours including Wicked, The Lion King, Mary Poppins and The Book of Mormon.