Costume Shop Supervisor
Kelly James-Penot’s Costume Technology and Design work has taken her to Opera houses, Ballet companies and regional Theatres across the nation. Her costume construction skills have grown through her work in both the academic world and various professional settings. At the Utah Shakespearean festival, Kelly had the opportunity to further her construction training under Rosemary Ingham. She has created garments for several companies in the New Orleans region including the Loyola ballet and executed the finishing of the National World War II Victory Belles. Her wardrobe experience includes supervising both non-union and union crews in some of the nation’s top opera houses.
Kelly’s most recent costume design credit was for the Alley Theatre’s production of A Behanding in Spokane, directed by James Black. Other Design credits include Opus; Sick; The Seafarer; Shotgun, the second drama in the Rising Water Trilogy (world premiere) and With a Bang at Southern Rep Theatre. Also in the New Orleans region: The Producers; The Rocky Horror Picture Show; Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage; Viagra Falls; Madame Butterfly and Scandalous (U.S. premier)
As a Costume Design Assistant, Kelly worked with several Broadway and International Designers including Constance Hoffman, Alejo Vietti, Fabio Toblini and Carrie Robbins.
Kelly earned a Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she was named the departments Outstanding Graduate Student. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with an emphasis in Music from William Carey University. During her years at William Carey she received the Southeastern Theatre Conference first Marian A. Smith Costume Award. Her other achievements include the American College Theatre Festival Barbizon Costume Design National Winner and the Southeastern Theatre Conference Wild Ginger Costume Design Winner.