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About Dorothy Austin-Harrell

Dorothy is an educator, designer, and costume artisan from North Carolina. She is passionate about building thriving arts communities in her home state, and aspires to cultivate and enrich the lives of her NC neighbors through art and theatre.

Dorothy designed costumes for Fletcher Opera Institute’s La Tragédie de Carmen, which earned first place in the National Opera Association’s 2015-2016 Opera Production Competition. She was also a recipient of the Fletcher Fellowship in that same year. She is proud to be the Resident Costume Designer for RhinoLeap Productions, whose missions are very close to her heart: educating high school students, and bringing great professional theatre to rural NC communities.

Other theaters she has worked for include the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Triad Stage (Greensboro, NC), Flat Rock Playhouse, and Children's Theatre of Charlotte.

Dorothy received her MFA in Costume Design from UNC School of the Arts, and has a dual BFA in Design & Production and Musical Theatre from East Carolina University.

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Dorothy soldering a brass crown.

Not all costumes are made of fabric!

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