Professor Debra Krajec

Associate Professor, Digital Media and Performing Arts

Courses Taught
THAR 1020: Theatre Appreciation
THAR 1340: Stage Makeup
THAR 1320: Basic Costume Technology
THAR 1150: Acting for Non Majors
THAR 4400: Costume Design
THAR 4220: History of Costume & Clothing I
THAR 4340: Advanced Costume techniques
THAR 4230: History of Costume & Clothing II
THAR 2500: Stage Direction
THAR 4500: Advanced Directing
THAR 4240: History of Period Styles for the Theatre
THAR 4953: Senior Capstone Project
THAR 4999: Senior Thesis

Master of Fine Arts in Theatre May 1982
Texas Christian University Fort Worth, Texas
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre
May 1979 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, Texas

Why Marquette?
Deb came to Marquette in 1984 after working in professional theatre expecting to stay a few years, and hasn’t left yet! She fell in love with MU students – they are smart, hardworking and talented. She believes in the liberal arts approach to training theatre artists, and knows MU is a special place where Performing Arts undergrads get unique training and opportunities not offered in other BA programs. She also appreciates the freedom to “cross over” at MU – to be able to design AND direct AND perform. She encourages her students to be cross-trained as well, which increases their employment potential and gives them informed insight into all areas of the art and craft of theatre.

Research Interests
History of Clothing
Stage Directing Methodologies
Costume Design

French playwright and actor-manager Moliere

2015: Certificate of Merit for costume design for To Kill a Mockingbird from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

2011: John P. Raynor, S. J. Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence at Marquette University

2005: United States Institute for Theatre Technology Midwest Section Founder's Award

1999: Dean’s Recognition Award for Outstanding Teaching, College of Communication

1997: Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service to the University, College of Communication

Honors, Fellowships and Honorary Societies:
2009: Special Commendation for Achievement in Costume Design for Censored on Final Approach, Kennedy Center American College Theatre, Festival Region III

2008: Named a Fellow of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)

2001: Director of MU Theatre's production of "The Merry Wives of Windsor", which was selected to participate in the Kennedy Center / American College Theatre Festival's Region III competition, Jan. 2001 in Evansville, IN.

Professional Affiliations
Deb has been very active in the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (the only professional organization in the US for theatre designers and technicians) since 1980 and has held several national offices, the two most important being Commissioner of the Costume Design & Technology Commission (1997-2002) and a Director-at-Large for the National Board of Directors (2006-2009, 1994-1997, 2003-2006). She was named a Fellow of the Institute, an honorary designation bestowed for life upon those USITT members who have made a truly outstanding contribution to the profession of theatre and the work of USITT.

She has also been active in the Midwest Section of USITT since 1989 and has held the following offices at the regional level: Chair, USITT Midwest Section (1994-1996), Member Executive Board, USITT Midwest (1990-1993).

She is also a member of the Costume Society of America, a member of the Alpha Psi Omega National Honorary Dramatic Fraternity, and has been a member of Actor’s Equity Association since 1983.

Professional Experience/Artistic Work in Performing Arts
Deb has been an active, professional costume designer, having designed for Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, Renaissance Theaterworks, Next Act Theatre, Northern Stage Company, Theatre Tesseract, The Ring of Steel Action Entertainment Group, Porthouse Theatre - Blossom Summer Festival, Casa Mañana Playhouse - Fort Worth, TX, and The Fort Worth Theatre.

She has directed professionally for In Tandem Theatre, Playwright’s Theatre of Milwaukee, Playwright’s Studio Theatre, and Casa Mañana Playhouse. She is also an Equity actress.

At Marquette, Deb has designed costumes for more than 65 Mainstage productions, and directed more than 25 plays.

Recent Artistic Work

Costume Design, Miracle on South Division Street, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (in progress).

Costume Design, Censored On Final Approach, Renaissance Theaterworks.

Costume Design, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, First Stage Milwaukee.

Director, Most Dangerous Women with Milwaukee Public Theatre.

Costume Design, Wait Until Dark, directed by Sarah Carleton, produced by Saint Michael's Playhouse, Colchester VT, 2015.

Costume Design, The Train Driver, directed by C. Michael Wright, produced by Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, 2015.

Costume Design, Arsenic and Old Lace, directed by Mark Alan Gordon, produced by Saint Michael's Playhouse, Colchester VT, 2014.

Costume Design, Lend Me A Tenor, directed by C. Michael Wright, produced by Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, 2014.

Costume Design, Gathering Blue (world premiere of new script), directed by Todd Denning, produced by First Stage Milwaukee, 2013.

Costume Design, Lion in Winter, directed by C. Michael Wright, produced by Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, 2011.

Costume Design, Holy Days, directed by Peter Zinn, produced by Retro Productions, New York, NY (off-off-Broadway), 2009.

Costume Design, “Poor Tom” by Martin Maguire. Chosen for presentation at KCACTF Region III Festival, January 2008.

Director, “” by Joseph Gardner, an original work presented as part of the young playwrights Festival presented by Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, December 2008.

“Trying,” Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Nov. 16 – Dec 16, 2007, C. Michael Wright (dir)

Stage Director for “No Safety in Numbers” by Stan Peale, and performed the role of “Friend” in PARTY by Laura MacMahon for the Playwright’s Studio theatre 10 Minute Play Festival Nov.—Dec. 2006

Costume design for the musical “BABY” at Casa Mañana Theatre, Fort Worth TX, April 2005

Stage Director for “What Corbin Knew” by Jeffrey Hatcher, produced by In Tandem Productions, Milwaukee WI May–June 2004

Costume Designer for “Mindgame” by Anthony Horowitz, directed by Kurt Hartwig, produced by Next Act Theatre, Milwaukee WI - Sept.-Oct. 2003