Holly Poe Durbin

Holly’s work has been seen on Broadway, Off- Broadway, on London’s West End, US Regional theaters, in Japan, Spain, Israel, Italy, Germany, and the UK.  She has designed for independent film, themed entertainment, TV pilots and mini-series, docudramas, opera and regional theaters such as the Mark Taper Forum, The Huntington Theater, the Cincinnati Playhouse, the Missouri Repertory Theater, the Old Globe Theaters in San Diego, the Geffen Playhouse, and Santa Fe Stages International Festival and the Actors Gang in Los Angeles.  Recent work includes Tolstoy’s The Power of Darkness for the Mint Theater Off Broadway, As You Like It for the Weston Playhouse in Vermont, and Lady With All the Answers at the Pasadena Playhouse.   Her themed entertainment designs include Movie Magic, the original gateway attraction to Universal Studios Japan, and the annual holiday show Legend of the Ice Princess at the Viejas Casino and Park in San Diego.

She has been fortunate enough to work with some of the leading artists of today:  including directors Steven Spielberg and Gil Cates, playwright Tony Kushner, actors Al Pacino, Ed Asner, Alan Alda, Annette Bening, Greg Kinnear, Frank Langella, Linda Lavin, Marsha Mason, Megan Mullaley,  singers Placido Domingo and Lorainne Hunt Lieberson, and many others who have shared with her the excitement and exacting standards of working in the entertainment arts.    Holly received her training in Art History and English Literature from Vanderbilt University, and an MFA in Costume Design from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.   At UCI, she teaches graduate and undergraduate design, textiles & fabric modification, draping, traditional and digital costume rendering and costume history.

Shigeru Yaji

A freelance designer for almost thirty years, Shigeru has created costume designs for over one hundred and fifty productions in regional theaters and ballet companies across the nation. Recent work includes The Clean House at the Lincoln Center Theatre, Romeo and Juliet at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, My Wandering Boy and A Little Night Music at South Coast Repertory, the Broadway/National Tour production and A&E Broadcasting/Home Video of Cathy Rigby’s Peter Pan, nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes, The Cherry Orchard at the Yale Repertory Theatre, and Mystic Rhythms at Tokyo Disney Sea in Japan. Additional design work has been seen at South Coast Repertory, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Repertory, Cornerstone Theater Company, A.C.T. in San Francisco, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, A Contemporary Theater in Seattle, the Old Globe in San Diego, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, and the Singapore Festival of the Arts. Shigeru has served as a consulting designer for Universal Studios, DreamWorks Animation, Disneyland, and Spectra F/X. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including six Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards.  At UCI, Shigeru teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in design, crafts and millinery.


Julie Keen, Costume Shop Manager

Julie joined the UCI Costume Team in 2011.   More info to come!

Erik Lawrence, Sr Wardrobe Technician

Erik has certificates in Costume Design, Fashion Design and Dressmaking.  Erik has 13 years experience in both theater and fashion.  He has worked in many shops and designed for various companies such as the Lake Shakespeare Festival, Opera Pacific, the Laguna Playhouse, Hunger Artists, Versatile Fashions, Hot Topic and Pleaser USA.  He first came to UCI as overhire in 2000.  His position is a 10 month position.

Yen Trang Le, Sr Wardrobe Technician

Yen holds a degree in Fashion Design.  She has worked in many costume shops, including South Coast Rep, Opera Pacific, Shakespeare Orange County, Ballet Pacifica, Fullerton Civic Light Opera and Santa Ana College.  Yen has been at UCI since 1999.  Her position is a 10 month position.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.