Erin Carignan

Contact Information



Office: UCA 216

Office Hours: T/TR 10 a.m.—noon

Role: Faculty

Position: Assistant Professor of Theatre; Costume Design

  • Costume Design


Erin is a versatile costume designer who has worked in regional theatre, opera, dance, music videos, and print in roles ranging from costume designer, stylist, textile artist, to dyer and master crafts artisan. She has been a part of more than 150 professional productions with several theatre companies, most notably Old Globe Theatre, Los Angeles Opera, La Jolla Playhouse, and  Pioneer Theatre. Her research centers around her most passionate subjects: costume design, textile surface modification, and pushing the boundaries of design and technology using digital mediums and interfaces. She is most interested in where these subjects intersect in theatrical artistry and technical application. This research ties in with her own book The Dye Book: Dyeing and Painting for the Entertainment Industry (on contract with Focal Press, 2021). She is an active member of USITT and USA 829.


M.F.A. Theatre, San Diego State University