Laura Parker been designing and creating costumes for theatrical productions and historic reenactors since 1999, with a focus on historically accurate reproductions and historically inspired fantasy costuming. Her work has concentrated on the experimental archaeology of clothing construction, with an emphasis on how cut, fabric, and construction details affect physical movement in European Medieval and Renaissance clothing.
Costume design credits include Around the World in 80 Days, Murder at the Howard Johnson’s, Alice in Wonderland (co-design), Lettice and Lovage, The Sunshine Boys (co-design), and The Arabian Nights at NC State University Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing, Spring Awakening, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, No Exit, Stop Kiss, Into the Woods, Godspell, Circle/Mirror/Transformation, Cabaret, These Shining Lives, and Jane Eyre at William Peace University, Charlotte’s Web and Brighton Beach Memoirs at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre. Laura teaches costume design and costume construction, and is an Associate Costume Designer and Costume Shop Manager at University Theatre at North Carolina State University.
In her copious free time, Laura acts in community theatre productions, performs improv comedy with Raleigh’s Village Idiots, knits, spins, dyes, and studiously avoids yardwork. She can often be found in her native habitat – local area coffee shops.