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Amanda Gladu is a New York City based costume designer, illustrator, and painter working in theater, dance, opera, and film


As a storyteller, she approaches costume design as an empathetic practice in search of understanding the intentions and nuances of characters, text, and fellow collaborators. These explorations create worlds that exist both on their own, and in conversation with the world we exist in. Amanda was raised in the theater as a dancer, focusing on the vocabulary of movement to tell a story. This background informs her point of view and her approach to designing how the body of a character lives within the clothes they are wearing, and how that clothing sculpts the world around them. 


Amanda received the 2017 Michael Merritt Academic Award for Collaborative Design for Northwestern University. She holds an M.F.A. in Stage Design from Northwestern University, and dual B.A. degrees in Dance and Art History from the University of Texas at Austin.


Amanda is currently the Assistant Professor of Costume Design at Ithaca College.


Member: United Scenic Artists Local 829

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