Resumé
 
 

STACEY LEIGH

115 Liberty St. #4

Petaluma, CA 94952

707-474-2508

wavesofchange@sonic.net


Skills

  1. Over 35 years of experience managing shops, organizing workflows, training workers

  2. Skilled at writing course curriculum and structuring workshops for all skill levels

  3. Excellent organizational, management, and office skills

  4. Polymath and Creative problem solver

  5. Editing, proofreading, layout and publishing skills and experience

  6. Engaging public speaker, known for my creative presentations

  7. Advanced sewing, patterning and costume construction skills, including historical garments and modern stretch knits

  8. Accomplished costume designer and crafts person

  9. Well-versed in costume history

  10. Proficient in MS Office, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign (Mac & PC)

  11. Experienced in database management

  12. Extensive experience budgeting and tracking projects

  13. Experienced in public relations and creative marketing

  14. Excellent customer relations skills

  15. Gifted Teacher

  16. Certified First Aid, CPR and AED Trainer

  17. A natural leader, I work well independently, but also take direction well and am a great team player

Professional manner and appearance


Teaching Philosophy


I have have learned to quickly assess skill levels and adjust my teaching style to students’ learning style and skill level.  I believe in giving plenty of hands-on, personal instruction, so that students are engaged and excited. I take a holistic approach to teaching, taking care to address emotional, physical, and mental needs of each student, balanced with learning objectives.


I believe students of any age thrive under deserved praise and through a feeling of real accomplishment, so I provide opportunities at every turn for students to be challenged and to succeed.  I am patient but also firm and require focus and discipline of those I teach and mentor.


Experience


Business Owner (Jan 2014- present)

Founder & Owner of Waves of Change Healing Arts

oConducted market research

oWrote extensive business and marketing plan

oProduct and service development

oDeveloped pricing structure

oCreated all marketing literature

oSought and obtained funding

oEstablished office and began practice November 2014

oAm sought after public speaker

oDesign and teach personal development classes

oBrand management

oSocial Media

oCreate and manage Facebook pages for The Wave

oCreate and conduct mail newsletter campaign

oDesigned, created, and now manage, and update The Wave website.

oWebsite design

oWebsite development and backend management


Writer, Editor and Publisher (Jan 2015 to present)

Currently Edit and Publish The Wave Holistic Journal, with a circulation of 10,000 throughout San Francisco and the North Bay

oMarket research

oPricing structure development

oContent Management

oEdit articles submitted for publication

oWrite articles on a variety of topics

oDesign and create ads for advertisers to their specs, including logo and brand look

oProvide marketing consultation services to advertisers

oDesign and create graphics for articles and many other elements of the magazine

oMarketing and ad sales

oAccounting, billing, AR/AP

oNetworking and sales lead development

oBrand management

oSocial Media

Create and manage Facebook pages for The Wave

Create and conduct mail newsletter campaign

oWebsite design

oWebsite development and backend management

oAd Sales

Develop leads

Manage leads

Analyze outcomes

oPhotography

oVideo interviews


Costume Shop Foreperson, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music

(Sept. 2008 to 2014 )

  1. Managed workflow for 9 to 12 shows produced in 10 months in a multi-venue performance environment, including full scale operas, musicals, and dramas, many with custom builds and extensive alterations

  2. Supervised the fitting schedules for all shows

  3. Taught 20 to 30 musical theater and drama lab students (per school quarter) basic sewing skills and workshop rules, and supervise their work.

  4. Supervised both undergraduate and graduate costume technology and design students in the completion of more advanced production projects

  5. Ongoing organization, inventory control and maintenance of costume stock which includes over 25,000 pieces, hundreds of yards of fabric and thousands of yards of trim

  6. Created Shop Planning Calendar

  7. Trained costume design students in professional costume shop policies and procedures

  8. Co-trainer for Technical Design and Production Department First Aid, Health and Safety, and CPR/AED annual training days

  9. Drafted patterns, cut and construct garments

  10. Created spreadsheets, tracking and training documents

  11. Maintained, and perform minor repairs to shop equipment, including 2 industrial sergers, an industrial blind stitch machine, 6 industrial Berninas, 7 domestic sewing machines, 4 industrial steam irons, 2 industrial steamers, an industrial dye vat, 3 domestic washers and a domestic dryer, 2 industrial clothes dryers, and a large spray booth


First Hand, Ohio Light Opera, (Summer 2011)

  1. Cut and constructed period garments for three shows in four weeks


Costume Shop Manager, Dorset Theatre Festival, Dorset VT, (Summer 2010)

  1. Pulled, built, altered and provided daily maintenance for costumes for 4 shows, produced throughout 10 week season

  2. Re-upholstered armchair for set piece

  3. Set shop up for season and packed shop up at end of season

  4. Re-organized and labeled costume stock

  5. Supervised and mentored interns

  6. Tracked budgets


Costume Designer, Dorset Theatre Festival, Dorset VT, (Summer 2010)

  1. Designed costumes and make-up for DTF Children’s Theatre Production of

  2.     “Fantastic Mr. Fox”

  3. Pulled and altered costumes, built and painted ears and tails


Faculty and Guest Designer, Northern Kentucky University (Jan. - May 2008)

  1. Designed costumes, makeup, and wigs for 2008 spring musical “CATS!”

  2. Taught Costume Construction II class students in the advanced construction class how to construct, paint and decorate more than 30 specialty “cat” costumes

  3. Made purchase decisions, staying within tight budget parameters yet still delivering a high caliber show

  4. Created syllabus

  5. Oversaw wig construction and makeup; supervised lab and stagecraft students


Business Consultant (2003-2013)

Advisor and Assistant to an event promoter in Cincinnati.

oReorganized office operations and improved workflow

oReorganized bookkeeping system; conducted forensic bookkeeping

oManaged databases

oRecruited, trained, supervised events staff

oDesigned festival programs, vendors’ ads, full page spreads in Cincinnati newspapers

oCreated flexible digital layout of event venues, including booth spaces, to facilitate planning and booking of spaces

oResearched special event ticket sales systems; prepared analysis of available online systems for event promoter; made recommendations based on analysis

oCreated ticketing graphics

oCreated multi-level event sponsorship packages; conducted market research to create list of potential sponsors

oAssisted in event set-up and take down

oLiaison between event promoter and event vendors

Operations Trainer

In 2006, when I sold my successful 17 year-old business, I trained the new owner in best business practices as well as tasks, policies, and practices specific to my business.  These included:

oProductions methods

oBookkeeping and budgeting

oCustomer service

oVendor relations

oIndustry specific marketing strategies

oTraining in Adobe software to create catalogs and other marketing materials

Business Consultant for Holistic Health Practice

oCreated new marketing plan for this already well-established business to increase offerings and revenues and cut some costs. 

oAdvised them in regards to staffing and budgeting issues, and recommended changes in paperwork, database, computer and office organization to increase efficiency and improve customer relations.

Business Development Advisor

oCurrently providing consulting services to Cutie Buttootie Diapers, (a cloth diaper company), in product development, business set-up, marketing, (including web and social media marketing, and company branding), website design, supply sourcing and many other issues related to starting a new business.

I have been hired by many people over the years to help them get their homes and offices organized.  I assisted and counseled them on such delicate and emotional issues as “purging” unneeded items, giving up old ways of thinking and doing things, and allowing change into their lives.


Stacey Leigh Seminars (2005 to 2007)

Training Workshops in Cut and Construction of Stretch Garments, Custom Dying, Building Parti-colour Tights

  1. Created and taught Professional Development Courses for professional and college level Technical Theater artists throughout the United States

  2. Conducted all bookkeeping, budgeting, travel arrangements, seminar bookings, and correspondence tasks

  3. Designed curriculum for all classes and workshops; created all class materials and visual aids

  4. Created, distributed and collected performance review forms to evaluate and improve my seminar, workshop, and teaching techniques

  5. Created overall marketing plan, all marketing and advertising materials and website


Assistant Costumer – Theater Arts Dept. NKU (October– December 2006)

  1. Mentored students in costuming classes

  2. Cut and constructed tailored three piece XXL men’s suit and other specialty costumes


Set Decoration Assistant –Paramount King’s Island (Summer 2006)

Assisted in creating and installing new decorations park-wide for PKI 4th of July celebrations.


Renaissance Dancewear, Founder, Owner, and Operator. (1990 to 2006)

Manufacturer of professional dancewear for performance communities and organizations, prominent national theater companies, film and television throughout the United States. (See client list) Sold the company in August of 2006 and trained the new owner.  Renaissance Dancewear thrives to this day, continuing it’s excellent national reputation.

  1. Created a company with a national reputation for the highest quality dancewear on the market and outstanding customer service

  2. Managed workflow to meet multiple customers’ tight show deadline

  3. Sourcing and purchasing; contract negotiations; order tracking; bookkeeping; budgeting

  4. Sourced, hired, trained and managed workforce

  5. Successfully translated to three-dimensional form the designs of many talented costume designers throughout the U.S., including several Tony Award-winning designers

  6. Created innovative assembly methods

  7. Custom dyed stretch fabrics and garments to match customers’ swatches

  8. Designed hundreds of patterns for custom garments as well as regular stock offerings

  9. Cut, and assembled thousands of specialty garments and stock garments

  10. Creating all marketing and advertising materials, catalogs, and website


Event Coordinator, Display Designer, Technical Liaison for the 2003 International Society of Harpers and Craftsman Convention

  1. Designed the conference passes for 5 different pass levels

  2. Composed, assembled, mailed, and tracked informational packets for conference attendees

  3. Created spreadsheets to track various projects

  4. Researched, chose, ordered and tracked promotional merchandise

  5. Hired and supervised technical staff for the daily concerts

  6. Technical liaison between performers and technicians for daily performances and sound checks on two stages

  7. Designed and created merchandise displays

  8. Set up displays and monitored merchandise areas


Temporary Office Staff, (mostly at the executive level) 1995-2000

Worked as temporary executive office staff for  Dow Chemical, Select Business Systems, Transamerica Insurance, Air 21, Floway Pump (an international company that designs and builds giant pumps for dams and water reclamation projects worldwide), David and Sons Snack Foods Headquarters, Contel Cellular Headquarters, Barthuli and Associates Insurance.  Some of the many tasks I was hired to do:

  1. Type financial reports

  2. Create and assemble marketing materials

  3. Re-organize offices and filing systems

  4. Write job duty manuals

  5. Special projects, working independently


I am proficient in:

  1. Microsoft Office Suites

  2. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Indesig

  3. FileMaker Pro

  4. Both Mac and Windows operating systems.


Costumer, Past Pleasures, Future Fantasies Costume Shop (1989-1995)

Largest costume shop in Northern California; provided costumes to all the major theater and opera companies from Marin to the Oregon Border. 

  1. Special construction projects, quality tailoring projects, and wardrobe

  2. Assisted co-owner company with many of his shows, completing many of his projects when he became terminally ill.  I received praise from him, and from the directors of his shows, for following his vision in completing his projects, and for fulfilling his design contracts on time and to his usual high standards of quality.


Guest Teacher Santa Rosa Junior College (1991-1995)

Created and planned construction methods for specialty construction projects, (dragon, lion, Giant Caterpillar, giant slice of cake, etc.), taught them to students, and oversaw their work in both the costume shop and the scene shop.  Students completed these special projects as a team.


Master Stitcher Santa Rosa Summer Repertory Theater (1991-1994)

Created complex specialty costumes; assembled 7 complex sequined gowns in two weeks for “La Cage aux Folles”; made tailored suits (men’s and women’s), altered heavily beaded dresses; worked with difficult fabrics and body types.


Professional Tailor, Freelance Work (1980-Present)

  1. Tailored suits and evening gowns and other specialty garments for various theatrical productions and private clients

  2. Constructed, fit, and finished Vogue suits and business dresses for female executive clientele

  3. Custom designed, constructed, fit and finished  wedding dresses and elaborate costumes for professional performers


Selected Listing of Full Show Costume Design Credits

(Responsible for design AND execution)


“Pogo”

“West Side Story”

“Jesus Christ Superstar”

“Alice in Wonderland”

“Pirates of Penzance”

“Bus Stop”

“Arsenic and Old Lace”
(costumes and sets, assistant director)

“She Stoops to Conquer”

(costumes, Assistant Director, Speech Coach)

“The Fantasticks”

“Working”

“The Man Who Came To Dinner”

(costumes and sets)

“Dracula”

“Charlie’s Aunt”

“Fiddler on the Roof”

“CATS!”

“Fantastic Mr. Fox”


Education


Brigham Young University, Provo UT (1979-1982)

Technical Theater Major, Costume Emphasis

Recipient of Talent in Technical Theater Scholarship

Also took Advanced English Literature, Sculpture, Creative Writing


Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park CA (1980)

General Ed, (Biology, US History, World Geography)


Bauder Fashion Design College (1978-1979)

Emphasis on Ready-to-Wear manufacturing methods


Montgomery High School, Santa Rosa CA (graduated 1977)

Recipient of California Scholarship Federation Scholarship and Santa Rosa Junior College Doyle Scholarship

 

Mr. and Mrs. Fox

Dorset Theatre Children’s Theatre Production of “Fantastic Mr. Fox”

Costume Designer Stacey Leigh