Marika Wynne is a second-year M.F.A. in Design and Technology candidate with a focus in costume technology. She holds a B.F.A. in dance performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Wynne has worked as the first hand in the costume shop at SMU, served as a stitcher and the wardrobe supervisor at Shakespeare Dallas, interned at The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York, worked as a stitcher and crafts artisan for the Texas Rose Festival in Tyler, Texas and held the positions of first hand, draper and wardrobe supervisor for Zilker Theatre Productions in Austin, Texas. Most recently, Wynne has put her skills to work building historical recreations of cultural costumes for museum display. Given her dance background, Wynne is particularly interested in the history and cultural value of the classical ballet tutu. Going forward into the second half of her graduate program, she will develop and execute a thesis project delving into the construction and design of classical ballet tutus in a historical framework, and how those techniques and essences can be developed for the modern performance.