Our department isn’t just training actors for futures in the business! Our students have a variety of
focuses, ranging from Stage Management to directing to, in Megan Cadenas ’16’s case, costuming!
Megan may be only a sophomore, but she’s been working backstage tirelessly since day one,
a member of Wardrobe Crew for Talking With, Into The Woods, and The Tempest,
and even acting as Wardrobe Supervisor for Harvey! After only one year, she’s already working
for the Department of Theatre and Dance as one of our Costume Shop Assistants!
The Department of Theatre and Dance called Megan in for an interview about her experience working here.
T&D: What is your major?
T&D: What’s your hometown?
Megan: I grew up in Chantilly, but I come from South Riding, Virginia.
T&D: What’s your main focus in theatre?
Megan: Costuming, both construction and wardrobe.
T&D: How did you first get involved with theatre?
Megan: One of my best friends in high school asked me to help out with one of the shows and I let it slip that I knew how to sew, so I became the costume person for the department my sophomore year, and the rest, pretty much, is history.
T&D: What is your favorite show you’ve worked on at UMW?
Megan: Oh, that’s a hard one. Um, I’d have to say Harvey, just because I got to get more experience with the costumes and running the shows and such.
T&D: What are your plans after graduation?
Megan: I’m still figuring it out, but I’d like to do costumes, perhaps with Disney, since they’re always looking for costume people. Besides that, I don’t really know.
T&D: What is your favorite word? Least favorite word?
T&D: What is your favorite kind of candy?
Megan: I really like Three Musketeer bars.
T&D: If you could work on any play or musical, which one would it be?
Megan: Wicked. I know it’s really cliché, but it’s my favorite.
T&D: Who would be some of your biggest professional influences?
Megan: Julie Taymour, I really enjoyed her work on The Lion King. I just thought the costuming and makeup choices were phenomenal, and I could really see the animals they were trying to interpret even though they weren’t straight-up the animal. It’s just really cool.
T&D: What accomplishments or contributions would you like to be remembered for when you graduate?
Megan: Jeez, that’s a tough one. I’d like to be remembered for really stepping it up and doing all that I could to help keep the shows going. Not holding back or anything.
T&D: Do you have any interests outside of theatre?
Megan: I really like science, arts, and music, I’m a very diverse person, I like a lot of things.
T&D: What made you decide you wanted to work for the Department? Do you have any one favorite thing about working in the costume shop so far?
Megan: I really enjoyed working with the department of theatre at my high school, and I really wanted to continue with that. I wasn’t 100% sure when I walked in that I wanted to continue with theatre, but once I worked on my first show I decided that that was what I wanted to be doing. I really enjoy working with the costumes and getting to know what goes behind making the show and making the people look the way they do when they appear onstage. I really like making the costumes because it’s just something I’m really passionate about.