Maggie Whitaker is a costume designer and artist. She received her BFA in Theatre Design at the University of South Florida and her MFA in Costume Design at the University of San Diego, California. Ms. Whitaker is a production designer and manager for Blue Panther Productions in the San Francisco Bay Area. She created a comprehensive, original fully accredited BFA and MFA Costume Design Program for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Ms. Whitaker is a recipient of Shotgun Players: Bridging the Gap Grant for 2016, and received a BATCC award for costume design for her work on “Truffaldino Says No!” at Shotgun Players. Ms. Whitaker has written courses for both an online and onsite program that deal with the specific training of the undergraduate costume designers, through individual project work as well as collaborations with the School of Acting and the School of Motion Pictures and Television. Her alumni have gone on to fellowships at Santa Fe Opera, American Conservatory Theatre, and can be found working in New York and Los Angeles.
Ms. Whitaker seeks out creative opportunities that facilitate a collaborative working relationship with playwrights and directors in the development of new works and groundbreaking theatre. She has designed costumes for the world premieres of nationally recognized plays including “HeLa” by Lauren Gunderson and Geetha Reddy at TheatreFirst, “I and You,” by Lauren Gunderson at Marin Theatre, “Truffaldino Says No!” by Ken Slattery at Shotgun Players, and “Wildflowers,” by Lila Rose Kaplan at UCSD. Her work as a costume designer has been seen at theaters internationally including The Apollo Theatre, Teatro Tinta Roja, Canal Café Theatre, TheatreWorks, Marin Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Magic Theatre, Ray of Light Theatre, Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire Theatre, and Cutting Ball Theatre. In addition to her work on new plays, Ms. Whitaker has designed for classic theatre and opera, including “Merry Wives of Windsor”, “Twelfth Night” and “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare as well as Cosi Fan Tutti, Dialogues of the Carmelites, The Coronation of Poppea, and many more. Ms. Whitaker is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.
As a theatre creator, as well as a designer, Ms. Whitaker joined in collaboration with Christine Crook, to create the performance organization Repulsive Women. Their mission is to create design driven work using imagery, aesthetic, and symbol to bring a high camp and celebratory aesthetic to confrontational experimental new works. “Repulsive Women” debuted at Jack London Square in Oakland as a promenade in costume, followed by a parade mob through the Tenderloin in San Francisco. Additional performance experiments revolving around the Repulsive Women were presented in partnership with the Institut Für Alles Mögliche in Berlin 2017. The next performance installation, “Laughing and Crying,” will be presented at Z Space in San Francisco in August 2017. Repulsive Women have received a TBA Ca$h Grant for their upcoming work.