Professional Bio: An Alabama Native, Rachel Dozier-Ezell is an NYC-based freelance costume designer. In addition to costume design her skills include costume shop management, hair & make-up design, crafts artistry, draping, distressing, shopping/swatching, dyeing, and teaching costume technology, costume design, and costume crafts at the undergraduate and graduate level. Rachel has a BFA in costume design and technology from The University of Montevallo and an MFA in Costume Design from The University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign. She was the Costume Director at The New School for Performing Arts from 2010-2020. Rachel has taught at The University of Illinois, The University of South Dakota, The New School, Pace University, and Marymount Manhattan College. Her work has been seen regionally with Birmingham Children’s Theatre, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Trisha Brown, Papermill Playhouse, National Black Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Black Hills Playhouse, American Players Theatre, Mystic Aquarium, Carnegie Hall, The Apollo, Elisa Monte Dance Company, The National Gallery, Joe's Pub, and Pittsburgh Public Theatre, among others.
Honors and Awards
- Audelco Award Winner for Costume Design for The Three Musketeers w/ The Classical Theatre of Harlem, 2017
- Audelco Award Winner for Costume Design for Macbeth w/ Classical Theatre of Harlem, 2016
- Audelco Award nominee for Costume Design for Midsummer Night’s Dream w/ The Classical Theatre of Harlem, 2013
- Audelco Award nominee for Costume Design for Henry V w/ The Classical Theatre of Harlem, 2011
- Meneffe Fellow, 2007-2008 (UIUC)
- Production Assistantship, Costume Fellowship, Full Tuition Waiver, and Supplies Scholarship, 2005-2008 (UIUC)
- Chichester Technical Theater Award, 2004 (UM)
- ACTF Design Storm Award for All My Sons, 2004
Rachel is always looking to connect with other companies and artists with similar goals and passions. Rachel is also a baby ARTivist with goals to have her art make an impact.
Getting Personal: “My design passion is for new work for theater, dance, and performance that is always socially and/or politically engaging. Call me an idealist, but I love working on art that dares to challenge the norm or ask the question why. I feel it is important that theater fuels knowledge and promotes change and awareness of the world around us. Whether it asks a question that challenges given systems, lifts up silenced voices, or creates beauty and laughter that allows a person to continue being an active member in her world and community. I currently am doing this type of theatre while working for The New School for Drama as their resident designer and costume director for their blossoming performing arts program and for Elisa Monte Dance Company as their resident designer for all of their new work. I also strongly believe in participating in art that reaches all socio and economical levels and looks to bridge the gaps in accessible art. I am always looking to connect with other companies and artists that share these goals and passions. I am in constant search to learn something new. I enjoy teaching and sharing information. I learn so much from teaching and meeting other artists. I am also passionate about social activism. In my ‘free time,’ I enjoy dancing in the rain with my son and husband, getting inked, and doing mini embroidery and weaving projects. Check out my site for art instruction at eyecraftyoucraft.com.”
Check out her podcast interview on Mom Enterprise where she discusses motherhood and worklife in NYC: