Student Profile: Erik Ray Teague
By Adrienne Whatley

Costume designers have the freedom to start from scratch when sketching, designing, and creating original costumes. Award-winning costume design student Erik Ray Teague has taken that creative freedom to heart when designing costumes for the Department of Theater and Performance Studies. “It’s incredibly diverse and we get to do a lot of really interesting projects that a lot of universities shy away from. The faculty is really
bang-up.” 

Erik credits his long-time interest in costume design to historical costumes, old war movies, director and designer Tim Burton, and his own father, but he also gives much credit to the Department of Theater and Performance Studies and its faculty for supporting him as he pursues his degree. He is especially appreciative to Jamie Bullins, his academic advisor and costume design professor. “He’s a cool guy. He’s the one who has gotten me my ‘ins’ with a lot of theaters downtown. The faculty will get you jobs. It’s not just in theory. It’s for real.”

Winner of the Barbizon Award for Theatrical Design Excellence in Costume Design for the theatrical performance of As You Like It in 2005, Erik would like to be a theatrical costume designer in Atlanta but is open to designing for film and other genres as well. “I’d love to give it a shot. I’ll try anything once. When Tim Burton calls, I will go!”

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