Megan Rutherford


Ever since I saw my first play, I was in love with theatre. Though I began with acting, it soon became clear to me that instead my interests were really focused in the fabric of the play—the costumes. As home to one of the premier MFA – Costume Construction programs, UNC-Chapel Hill was my foundation for learning the art of costume design and construction.

During my time there, I was fortunate to work with many leading designers and costume technicians in NYC, London, Chicago, and Houston. Designing 25 undergrad, community and regional productions has enabled me to build a diverse portfolio of theatrical and business skills with various artisans. In addition to my design work, I have worked as a Draper, Wardrobe Asst., Costume Archivist, Asst. Costume Shop Manager, Shop Assistant and interned with award-winning companies across a variety of disciplines including regional theatre, ballet, couture millinery, Shakespeare festivals, and vintage clothing archival.

Upon graduation, I worked as the Asst. Costume Shop Manager at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY for their summer season, overseeing thirteen shows in eleven weeks. Seeking a design immersion experience, I moved to NYC to work as a Costume Design Assistant in The Juilliard School’s Professional Intern Training Program. I assisted on 12 productions across the school’s disciplines of theatre, opera, and dance for the 2015/16 season. This summer, I returned to Hangar as the new Costume Shop Mgr. and also designed the Mainstage play, “I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti.” I am currently assisting on “The Wolves” at Playwrights Realm and “Merrily We Roll Along” at the New Studio on Broadway – NYU Tisch.

Specialties: Costume design, assistant costume design, shopping, swatching, ordering and managing rentals, paperwork and organization, illustration, dressing and wardrobe, Adobe Photoshop work and Excel.

Costume Construction and Crafts: flat patterning, draping, cutting, machine and hand stitching, crafts, couture and theatrical millinery, as well as fabric painting and dye work.