Caitlin Quinn

Caitlin Quinn

Assistant Professor


W M Lee Center for Fine Arts 184E

Phone: (605) 658-3489




Caitlin Quinn is a costume designer and technician. She earned her M.F.A from Northern Illinois University. She has previously designed costumes for Wake Forest University, The Organic Theatre Company, Festival 56 Theatre, Stay Awake Theatre Company, and others.

Teaching Interests:

Costume design for theatre and dance, Rendering techniques, Costume history

Research Interests:

Psychology of dress and expression of identity through clothing, Modern style and costuming, Rendering techniques


  • MFA, Costume Design and Technology, Northern Illinois University, 2013
  • BA, Theatre - Acting and Costume Design, St. Mary's University of MN, 2010


  • Guest Artist Grant, Center for Teaching and Learning. (2016 - 2016)


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Quinn, Caitlin. Character vs. Croquis. In Culture Costume and Dress, edited by Anne Boultwood and Sian Hindle, 42-45. Vol. 1, Iss. 1. Birmingham: Culture Costume and Dress, 2018.
  • Quinn, Caitlin. Creating a Realistic Rendering Pedagogy: The Fashion Illustration Problem. In In Other Habits: Theatrical Costume, edited by Sarah McCarroll, 40-48. Vol. 26. Theatre Symposium/The University of Alabama Press, 2018. (DOI: 10.1353/tsy.2018.0002)
  • Quinn, Caitlin. Style Tribe Choices in Historical Context Project. In USITT Creative Teaching on the Web: Costume, edited by Colleen Alexis Metzger. Liverpool, NY: USITT Creative Teaching , 2017.

Awards and Honors:

  • Course Redesign Fellowship, Center for Teaching and Learning, 2018
  • Commendation of Design, American College Theatre Festival Region V, Festival XLIX, 2017
  • Best Costume Design Sioux Falls Region - Nomination, Broadway World Sioux Falls Regional Awards, 2016


  • Quinn, Caitlin. The Blueprint Rendering Project. Presented at the Costume Society of America National Symposium, Williamsburg, MA. (March 15, 2018)
  • Quinn, Caitlin. Digitally Rendering the Face. Presented at the USITT Annual Conference and Stage Show, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. (March 14, 2018)
  • Quinn, Caitlin. Character vs. Croquis: The Fashion Figure Problem in Costume Design. Presented at the Culture, Costume, and Dress , Birmingham, England, UK. (May 12, 2017)
  • Quinn, Caitlin. Creating a Realistic Rendering Pedagogy. Presented at the Theatre Symposium, Decatur, GA, USA. (April 14, 2017)
  • Quinn, Caitlin. "Assassins Costumes" KCACTF Costume Parade. Presented at the The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Des Moines, IA. (January 27, 2017)
  • Quinn, Caitlin. Costume Rendering. Presented at the The 34th Annual International Costume Conference, Madison, WI. (May 6, 2016)
  • Quinn, Caitlin. Style Tribe Choices in Historical Context. Presented at the USITT Annual Conference and Stage Show, Salt Lake City, UT, USA. (March 19, 2016)