My Life Before Retirement

Jane Wilder-O’Connor


jane@janewilder.com

Education

M.F.A., Costume Design, University of Oregon, June 2007

B.A., Theatre Arts, Design Emphasis, California State University at San Bernardino, 2004

A.S., A.A., Math and Science, Humanities, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA, 1998

Vocational Nursing, Redlands Adult Education, Redlands, CA, 1984

Honors and Memberships

Alpha Phi Omega, Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key Honors Club, USITT, University of Oregon Theatre Alumni Scholarship 2005-2007, UO Graduate Teaching Fellowship 2004-2007

Retired 2010-Current

Riverside Department of Waste Resources 2016-Current

Assist teaching workshops in Backyard Composting and Green Cleaning. Helped develop the Green Cleaning Program.

Marietta College 2007-2010

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, Costume Designer: Tenure Track 

Design and supervise costume construction of all Main Stage play productions. Costume studio management including budget, work study students, lab students, volunteers, costume maintenance and organization, costume rentals, equipment maintenance and purchasing. Makeup workshops provided to actors for all Main Stage play productions. Advising of assistant costume and makeup designers and directors for all productions. Academic advising for undergraduates. Faculty load of 6-10 credit hours per semester.  

Teaching Experience

Introduction to Dramatic Literature, Marietta College, Marietta, OH 2007-2010

Created original curriculum, which meets general education requirements in Fine Arts and Literature Cognate designations. Course covers the cannon of Western Theatre Literature, exploring works through structure and context,

Play Production: Costuming, Marietta College, Marietta, OH 2007-2009

Developed original curriculum, which meets a Fine Arts Cognate designation. This course introduces the student to beginning costume construction techniques, costume organization and costume design.

Freshman Year Seminar: History and Alternatives to Nudity, Marietta College, Marietta, OH

Developed original curriculum for this course which investigates history and socio-political values through the study of fashion.

Introduction to Stage Makeup, Marietta College, Marietta, OH 2008-2010

Developed original curriculum for this course which meets a Fine Arts Cognate designation. Using the Design Process, research and facial mapping, students develop design and application skills for a broad range of stage makeup functions

Theatre Appreciation, Marietta College, Marietta, OH 2008-2010

Revised coursework for established course, introducing students to all aspects of theatre.

Introduction to Design for Theatre, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 2006

Teaching Assistant, interim instructor for lighting design portion of class

Introduction to Stage Makeup, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 2005-2007

Developed curriculum to include contemporary approaches to stage makeup design

Emphasis on painterly technique and hairstyling

Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 2004-2007

Supervised students in costume shop

Costume construction

Patterning and draping

Instruction of makeup workshops for 2 plays per quarter

Introduction to Stage Makeup, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA 1998-2006

Created original curriculum for classes of 15-25 students

Emphasis on painterly technique, design, prosthetic application, and hairstyling

Mask making

Airbrush makeup techniques

Introduction to Costume Design and Construction, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA 1998-2004

Created original curriculum for classes of 10-15 students

Costume construction

Costume organization

Design concepts 

Clinical Instructor, Nursing Assistant Program, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA 1996-1998

Supervised 10-15 students in basic patient care in clinical setting

Standing Committee Service: Marietta College

Curriculum Committee 2008-2009

Faculty Development Committee 2009-2010

Conference Presentations

Mask making techniques using hot glue, KC/ACTF, NW Conference, 2006

Airbrush makeup application, KC/ACTF, NW Conference, 2005

Public and Student Service

Makeup design and execution: Every 15 Minutes (A drunk driving deterrent program) Hemet High School, Hemet, CA, 2002

Co-leader for numerous student tours to Europe focusing on art and theatre

Theatre and Design Experience

Costume Studio Manager, Marietta College, Marietta, OH  2007-2010

Supervised student workers, volunteers, and employees

Created positions for student workers

Supervised costume production for 2-6 Plays per Semester

Developed costume inventory control and management program

Susan Rose Dance Company, Riverside, CA, 2001-2010

Costume design

Costume construction

Rehearsal costume construction and maintenance

Makeup consultant 

Costume Studio Manager, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA, 1994-2004

Founded costume studio 

Supervised student workers, volunteers, and employees

Created positions for student workers

Supervised costume production for 2-6 Plays per Semester

Developed costume inventory control and management program

Instituted costume rental program for local high schools and community theatres

Freelance Costume Design, Southern California, 1992-Current 

Costume design for theatre, dance concerts, television

Costume construction

Makeup design

Costume Design Experience

Professional Costume Design 

2010

Dark of the Moon, Mt. San Jacinto College, Menifee, CA

Mercury, Mars & Mayhem, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

2009

Doubt: A Parable, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA

2006

Spitfire Grill, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hemet Valley Shakespeare Festival, Hemet, CA 

Grease the Musical, Ramona Bowl Association, Hemet, CA

Star Trek, The Musical, (Puppet Show), Len Levitt Productions, Culver City, CA 

Sex Habits of American Women, The Lord Leebrick Theatre, Eugene, OR 

2004

Cabaret, Mt San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

2003 

Our Town, Palm Canyon Theatre, Palm Springs, CA

2002

Damn Yankees, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

Kiss of the Spider Woman, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

Buried Child, Ramona Hillside Players, Hemet, CA 

2000

Invocation, Spring Dance Concert, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

1999

A Light Unto the Nations, Alef...Bet...Blast Off!, Jewish Television Network, LA, CA

The Whole Megilla, Alef...Bet...Blast Off!, Jewish Television Network, LA, CA

1998

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA (Inland Theatre League Award)

Crimes of the Heart, Temecula Players, Temecula, CA

1997

The Fantastiks, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA (Inland Theatre League Award)

Beggar’s Opera, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA (Inland Theatre League Award)

A Broadway Review, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA (Inland Theatre League Award

1996

A Lion in Winter, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA (Inland Theatre League Award)

South Pacific, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

1995

Guys and Dolls, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

1994

Philadelphia Here I Come, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

Academic Costume Design

2010

Quilters: The Musical, Marietta College, Marietta, OH

2009

The Children’s Hour, Marietta College, Marietta, OH

Jane Eyre: The Musical, Marietta College, Marietta, OH

The Illusion, Marietta College, Marietta, OH

2008

La Ronde, Marietta College, Marietta, OH

The Revenger’s Tragedy, Marietta College, Marietta, OH

Spitfire Grill, Marietta College, Marietta, OH

Trojan Women, Marietta College, Marietta, OH

Stop the World I Want to Get Off, Marietta College, Marietta, OH

2007

Two Gentlemen of Verona, Marietta College, Marietta, OH

Big Knife, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

2006

Company, Robinson Theatre, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail, Arena Theatre, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

2005

Rumors, Robinson Theatre, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR (KC/ACTF Honorable Mention)

2003

Crane Wife, Black Box Theatre, California State University at San Bernardino, (KC/ACTF Nomination)

2002

Student One Acts Festival, Black Box Theatre, California State University at San Bernardino

2001

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Ronald E. Barnes Theatre, California State University at San Bernardino

1993

Life Under Water, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

Makeup Design Experience

Professional Makeup Design 

2010

Dark of the Moon, Mt. San Jacinto College, Menifee, CA

2009

Doubt: A Parable, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA

2006

Grease the Musical, Ramona Bowl Association, Hemet, CA

Sex Habits of American Women, The Lord Leebrick Theatre, Eugene, OR 

2004

Cabaret, Mt San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

2003 

Our Town, Palm Canyon Theatre, Palm Springs, CA

2002

Pump Boys and Dinettes, Ramona Bowl, Hemet, CA

Kiss of the Spider Woman, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

Buried Child, Ramona Hillside Players, Hemet, CA 

2000

Spring Dance Concert, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

1998

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA 

Crimes of the Heart, Temecula Players, Temecula, CA

1997

The Fantastiks, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA 

Three Penny Opera, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA 

A Broadway Review, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA 

1996

A Lion in Winter, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA 

South Pacific, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

1995

Guys and Dolls, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

1994

Philadelphia Here I Come, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

Academic Makeup Design 

2009

The Children’s Hour, Marietta College, Marietta, OH

Jane Eyre: The Musical, Marietta College, Marietta, OH

2008

La Ronde, Marietta College, Marietta, OH

The Revenger’s Tragedy, Marietta College, Marietta, OH

Spitfire Grill, Marietta College, Marietta, OH

Trojan Women, Marietta College, Marietta, OH

Stop the World I Want to Get Off, Marietta College, Marietta, OH

2007

Two Gentlemen of Verona, Marietta College, Marietta, OH

Big Knife, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

2006

Company, Robinson Theatre, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail, Arena Theatre, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

2005

After Mrs. Rochester, Robinson Theatre, University of Oregon

Rumors, Robinson Theatre, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR (KC/ACTF Honorable Mention)

2003

Crane Wife, Black Box Theatre, California State University at San Bernardino, (KC/ACTF Nomination)

2002

Student One Act Festival, Black Box Theatre, California State University at San Bernardino

2001

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Ronald E. Barnes Theatre, California State University at San Bernardino 

Costume Construction, Wardrobe Manager

2006

Grease the Musical, Ramona Bowl Association, Hemet, CA

2004

Cabaret, Mt San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

2003 

Our Town, Palm Canyon Theatre, Palm Springs, CA

2002

Buried Child, Ramona Hillside Players, Hemet, CA 

Damn Yankees, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

Kiss of the Spider Woman, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

2000

The Tempest, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

Invocation, Spring Dance Concert, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

1999

A Light Unto the Nations, Alef...Bet...Blast Off!, Jewish Television Network, LA, CA

The Whole Megilla, Alef...Bet...Blast Off!, Jewish Television Network, LA, CA

1998

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA 

1997

A Broadway Review, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA 

The Fantastiks, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA 

Three Penny Opera, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA 

1996

A Lion in Winter, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA 

South Pacific, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

1995

Guys and Dolls, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

1994

Philadelphia Here I Come, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

1993

Nunsense, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

Life Under Water, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

1992

Camelot, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA

Acting Experience

Tom Jones, the Nanny, California State University at San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA, 2003

A Midsummer Nights’ Dream, Hippolyta, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA, 1998

South Pacific, Chorus, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA, 1996

Nunsense, Chorus, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA, 1995

Life Under Water, Amy-Beth, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA, 1993

Camelot, Lady-in-waiting, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA, 1992

Ongoing Projects

Create textbook for stage makeup application

Video series introducing students to stage makeup application

Workbook to assist students in understanding period costumes

Freelance costume design

Investigation of various multi-media to assist costume students in finding their most effective form of communication in rendering techniques, including use of watercolor, pastel, colored pencil, and various computer programs including Painter, Illustrator, Photoshop and Poser

Supervise and organize student travel to study theatre, art, fashion and culture outside the U.S.A.

Create a concise workbook of expected timelines during productions for costume design students

Related Skills

Set Design 

Lighting Design 

Props Design

Acting

Makeup Prosthetics 

Airbrush Makeup

Mask Making

Millinery

Textile Dying and Modification 

Hand Painted Silk

Photoshop, VectorWorks, Symmetry Patterning Computer Program

Additional Experience

Freelance dressmaking and design 1972-2004

Varied areas of the nursing field including first aide, cardiac care, maternity and hospice care 1984-1996


Rumors by Neil Simon

Rumors by Neil Simon