I'm Maia, a costume technician and designer based in the area of Portland, Oregon. I am a recent graduate from Portland State University where I earned my B.A. in Theater Arts and B.M. in Music Composition with University Honors.
My costume designs pull inspiration from the source: the story which is being told. What is chosen to be put on the human form holds great power for our understanding and appreciation of a situation, and my costumes aim to provide a fuller understanding of the world being presented.
I also greatly enjoy learning new things. You can see this in my various Sewing+Fabrication projects which include experiments in needle felting, hand embroidery, and practical lessons in historical sewing. I am always interested in trying something new or creatively problem solving to figure out how to make an idea a reality.
Bachelor of Arts, Theater Arts | Bachelor of Music, Music Composition | University Honors Program
Portland State University, Portland, OR
Study Abroad Experience
National University of Ireland, Galway
July 2019 - August 2019
Season 14 Apprentice Company
August 2021- Present
*2022 Appropriate | Assistant Costumer | Profile Theatre | Costume Designer Jaymee Ngernwichit
2022 Spring Premieres | Wardrobe | NW Dance Project | Costume Designer Christine Richardson
2021 A Christmas Carol | Assistant Costumer, Wardrobe | Portland Playhouse | Costume Designer Hadley Yoder
2021 Linger | Costumer | NW Dance Project | Choreographer Ihsan Rustem
2021 Hold me Tight Let Me Go | Costumer | NW Dance Project | Choreographer Sarah Slipper
2021 Barbecue | Assistant Costumer, Wardrobe | Portland Playhouse | Costume Designer Wanda Walden
2021 James and the Giant Peach| Costume Designer | The Young People's Theatre Project
2021 Freaky Friday | Costume Designer | The Young People's Theatre Project
2021 Willy Wonka Jr. | Costume Designer | The Young People's Theatre Project
2021 Top Girls | Costume Designer | Portland State University | Dir. Devon Allen
2021 The Old Maid and The Thief | Costume Designer, Props | Portland State University and Queer Opera | Dir. Rebecca Herman
2020 Matter | Costume Consultant | Portland Playhouse and Many Hats Collaboration | Dir. James Dixon
2020 Indecent | Wardrobe | Artists Repertory Theater | Dir. Josh Hecht
2020 Mamma Mia | Wardrobe | Stumptown Stages | Dir. Christopher George Patterson
2019 Mirror Game | Wardrobe | Portland State University | Dir. Kristine McIntyre
2019 Wolves Eat Elk | Costume Designer | Portland State University | Dir. Jessica Wallenfels
2019 Westside Story | Wardrobe | Stumptown Stages | Dir. Patrick Nims
2019 New Works Play Festival | Costume Designer | Portland State University
Carrot, Teapot, Man | Dir. Laila Mottaghi
Searcher | Dir. Taylor Fischer
Metaphorical or Otherwise | Dir. Caitriona Johnston
2019 La finta giardiniera | Asst. Costumer, Wardrobe | Portland State University | Dir. David Ward
2019 In the Next Room or the vibrator play | Wardrobe | Portland State University | Dir. Devon Allen
2018 The Breasts of Tiresias | Asst. Costumer, Wardrobe | Portland State University | Dir. Rebecca Herman
2018 The Flu Season | Wardrobe | Portland State University | | Dir. Richard Wattenberg
2018 Jesus Christ Superstar | Costume Designer | Mejaski Choreography and Theater in the Park | Dir. Michelle Mejaski
2018 Albert Herring | Asst. Costumer, Wardrobe | Portland State University | Dir. Brenda Nuckton
2017 Cendrillon | Wardrobe | Portland State University | Dir. Brenda Nuckton
2017 A Christmas Carol | Specialty Costume Designer | Cascades Theatre | Dir. Kelley Ryan
2017 The Fantasticks | Costume Designer | BEAT Children’s Theater | Dir. Jonathan and Jimena Shepherd
2017 Mulan Jr. | Costume Designer | BEAT Children’s Theater | Dir. Bree Beal
2016 Tarzan | Specialty Costumer Designer | BEAT Children’s Theater | Dir. Jonathan Shepherd
OTHER THEATER WORK
2022 Titus Andronicus | Misc. Production Assistant | Portland Playhouse
2022 Gloria | Board Operator | Profile Theatre
2018 A Wrinkle in Time | Director | BEAT Children’s Theater
2016 Elf Jr. | House Manager | BEAT Children’s Theater | Dir. Angelina Anello-Dennee
2016 Via Lactea | Run Crew | OperaBend | Dir. Nancy Engebretson
OTHER RELATED WORK
BORN Project, www.thebornproject.org
June 2021- Present
Production Seamstress, Bikini Hut Llc.
Assistant Costume Shop Manager, Portland State University
September 2019- April 2020
Facilitated use of the costume shop during open hours for student use.
Coordinated appointments with costume designers to review and rent pieces from the costume stock.
Worked on development of an online inventory system using Podio and input costumes from existing stock.
Maintained the workspaces of the costume shop, craft, and laundry rooms.
Operated sewing machines to join, reinforce or decorate costume pieces and performed hand stitching for relevant projects.