Heather Crocker Aulenback is the Assistant Professor of Costume and Scenic Design in the Theatre Arts Program. She teaches Costume Design, Scenic Design, Scenography, Introduction to Theatre, Drawing and Rendering for the Stage, Make-Up and Mask Design and Application, Production Workshop, and is the Costume and Scenic Designer for the program’s main stage shows. Professor Crocker Aulenback has been designing for both professional and academic theatre for the past decade. Before joining the Westfield State Faculty, Professor Crocker Aulenback served as lecturer and resident artist in costume and scenic design at The University of New Hampshire’s department of Theatre and Dance from 2009 to 2010 where she designed Costumes for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tintypes, Sherlock Holmes: A Jazz, Tap, and Aerial Dance Performance, and costumes and scenery for Trojan Barbie. She received her MFA in Costume Design in 2009 with a minor in Art History, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she holds multiple design credits and where she also received her BA in Theatre. Other professional credits include work with The Chester Theatre Company (Chester, MA) where she has designed actively for the past five years, including costume designs for their elementary school outreach program: The Camp Shepherd Project. She has also designed for Capital Repertory Company (Albany, NY), New Century Theatre (Northampton, MA), and in 2008, she collaborated with AIMS, as make-up designer and on-set artist for a Massachusetts state wide police training video for domestic violence. In addition to her work in design, she has also trained as an actor and in 2002 worked as a voice over artist for Microsoft’s MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries computer game. Professor Crocker Aulenback is also trained in scenic painting, make-up design and application, visual art, draping, millinery, crafting, fabric manipulation, and wardrobe.
- M.F.A. in Costume Design (with a Concentration in Theater), University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2009
- B.A. in Humanities and Fine Arts, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2005