CATHERINE ANNE FRITSCH
MFA Costume Design University of Illinois 1995-6
(1st year) Champaign-Urbana, IL
BA Theatre and Drama Indiana University fall 1991-December 31, 1994
minor Fine Arts Studio Bloomington, IN with high distinction
Individual Artist Program Grant Indiana Arts Commission 2011
Creative Renewal Fellowship Arts Council of Indianapolis 2005
Phi Beta Kappa Indiana University 1995
Costume Preliminary Design Indianapolis Colts Oct 2018
Pulled research images (mood boards), created technical flats in various design permutations to help client visualize their ideas. Sent client with fabric swatches and a presentation design to pitch the idea: a new concept for the cheerleader uniforms (launched Dec 2018).
Costume Design/fabrication The Children's Museum of Indianapolis 2008-2018
Designs/patterns and fabrication for Christmas elves, Sports Legends, Take Me There, China, Playscape, Space Station EVA experience, Pirates and Princesses Storybook and interactive exhibits. Animal costumes for traveling exhibit to Bahrain. Castle Lego interpreter costumes, traveling exhibit. Dance and Circus exhibit greeter costumes. Frances the Witch.
Stilt Walkers Central Ind. Community Foundation 2016
Designed and constructed 3 light up costumes for INLighten Festival
Promotional Outfits IndyCar/Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2015-2016
Designed/constructed pantsuits and dresses for IndyCar girls.
Apparel Design/Development La Bella Donna 2015-present
Clothing designs for women, primarily knit tunics and dresses.
Costume Design/fabrication Conner Prairie 2014-2016 Design and construction of exhibit costumes: Balloon Voyage and Discovery Station.
Costume design/fabrication Holliday Nature Park and Reserve 2009, 2012, 2015
Animal costumes for interactive play at the nature center.
Design/Tech Design Pools of Fun 2013
Swimwear and cover-up design to production product development
Design/Pattern/Sample Sweet Revenge Lingerie/Rue Violet 2008-present
Designer for in-house sleepwear and lingerie line, manufactured in Indiana and California for retail.
Design/Pattern/Sample Certain Style- Plus Size Lingerie 2008-2015
Designed, patterned and created samples for Florida company’s Christmas lingerie line, the Devonshire Collection, based on women of historical importance. Build to order.
Character Design/Construction The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis 2008
Designed and constructed museum character for Halloween, Frances the Friendly Witch.
Costume design, construction The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis 2007
Designed and produced staff costumes for the Robot Exhibit: Rob Otto and Anne Droyd lab
coats, Robots and Us game show host blazers.
Costume design, construction The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis 2000-2007
Designed and constructed costumes for Babes in Toyland (2007) and James and the Giant Peach (2007), which included custom dyeing fabrics for the insect costumes. Designed, constructed and rented costumes for Treasure Island (2004) and The Princess and the Pea (2000). For each show I work within a given materials and labor budget; I keep a detailed bible of the show expenses, fitting notes, etc.
Costume design, construction Anderson University’s Dept. of Music 1999, 2000
Designed and hand dyed costumes for The Magic Flute. Costumer for Into the Woods, mostly rental; design for By George, It’s Gershwin (shopped show).
Guest Draper Indiana Repertory Theatre 2014
Menswear for Two Gentlemen of Verona
Staff Draper Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indpls, IN 1996-2007
Hired as contract first hand, promoted to draper in 2000 and floor supervisor in 2005.
Contract Draper Porthouse Theatre, Kent, OH 1993-2005
Hired as contract first hand, draper and shop manager for summer work over a period of several
Pattern Maker Avant Garb Mascots 1997-2000
Patterned, mocked-up and supervised construction of mascots and rental costumes based on the owner’s designs. Repaired and refurbished old mascots. Assisted in designing rentals and assembling bid packages for prospective clients.
Free-lance work: Patterning/Construction
Patterns/Samples Pariah/B. Riordan 2018
Misses’ dresses, separates and outerwear patterns and samples.
Patterns/Samples Dlang 2017-2018
Women’s knitwear patterns and samples, product development.
Patterns/Samples M. Kohart 2014-2017
Swimwear patterns and samples for startup company.
Pattern/fabrication Ricker’s Convenience Stores 2012-2017
Pops the clown 3 piece suit for the CEO of the company, rebuilds, additional accessories.
Pattern updates/Samples Focus Tactical/T. Neal 2017
Preparing police tactical vest for grading, samples and to-order production.
Contract Builds Indiana Repertory Theatre 2012-2018
Menswear: Dial M for Murder, A Game’s Afoot. Womenswear: A Little Night Music, The Crucible, Great Gatsby. Dancewear: Dance Kaleidoscope.
Pattern/construction Syracuse Stage 2016
Menswear for Pip, Great Expectations.
Pattern/construction Manhattan School of Music 2013-2017
For designer Tracy Dorman, The Mother of All of Us, menswear. Dangerous Liaisons, womenswear.
La Clemenza di Titto womenswear. Cendrillon, formal dresses.
Rebuilds The Children's Museum of Indpls 2013-2016
New Dinosphere costumes, butterfly/birds interactive costumes for the Dora and Diego exhibit.
Pattern/construction Manhattan School of Music 2015
For designer Tracy Dorman, Dangerous Liaison, corset and petticoat
Pattern/Consulting The Promise Monsters 2013-2014
Troubleshooting patterns and construction for efficiency
Pattern/construction Indiana Repertory Theatre 2013
Two dresses for Fredrika in A Little Night Music
Technical design/pattern Awestomy 2012-2015
Concept to production development for a medical undergarment company. Some mass production work.
Design collab., pattern /fabrication Naturally 7 Nov 2011- April 2012
Collaborated with the band’s stylist to create new stage looks for an international tour.
Job-in seamstress B. Akerlund Jan 2012
Alterations and repairs for Super Bowl half time show: for Madonna, Cee-Lo, dancers, chorus, marching band.
Pattern Maker/Sample Maker Bullet Boutfits 2011-2014
Misses’ activewear for roller derby product development and some production.
Pattern Maker/Sample Maker OSTAS 2010-2011
Mens athletic apparel (football)
Pattern Maker/Sample Maker R.Lynda Aug 2010
Pattern Maker/Construction The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis April 2008
Pattern and construction of two Captain Extraordinary costumes.
Pattern/Sample Maker Georgia Lee, designer Nov 2007-Jan 2008
Pattern and construction of clothing line for a boutique in Korea.
Patten Maker/Construction Ariadne auf Naxos 2007
Patterning and construction of seven opera costumes for Georgia Lee, production in Korea.
Pattern Maker/design Freakin’ Billboards 2007-2011
Patterned and sampled recycled billboard vinyl bags and clothing items.
Pattern/Sample Maker Eve Alexander 2007-2012
Patterned and made samples for new line of transitional maternity to nursing clothing to be produced overseas. Worked closely with company’s creator to fine-tune designs for wide appeal.
Pattern/Sample Maker EZTether.com /Merritt Manufacturing 2007-2013
Patterned and made sample for company’s new restraint chair, launched this August.
Pattern Maker Science Museum of Virginia 2003
Patterned and mocked-up two historical costumes to be worn by interpreters and displayed.
Pattern maker/ Seamstress Endless Summer Band, Carmel, IN 2002
Created miniature Blues Brothers costumes (based on previous costumes) that fit on the top half of the body and arms to create a “Mini Me” effect for a variety show. These involved some soft-sculpture and armature making.
Designer/ Pattern Maker Williams Randall Marketing, Chicago, IL 2001, 2004
Designed, patterned and constructed a Clabber Girl costume (for the Hullman Company) to be worn at trade shows.
First Hand, Houdini Goodspeed Opera, East Haddam, CT 1997
The French Seam Various intermediate skill classes 2012-2013
Indy Fashion Time Workshop: Body Altering Experience June 2011
Power Point lecture of silhouette through the ages
Indy Fashion Time Workshop: Corsets from the Inside Out June 2010
Arts Institute of Indianapolis Guest Speaker: Introduction to Sewing Oct 2009
Arts Institute of Indianapolis Panel Speaker: Survey of Fashion Sept 2009
Indy Fashion Time Workshop: Hands on the Body June 2009
Indianapolis Museum of Art Clothing Construction May 2008
Co-taught and designed the syllabus for a class on intuitive clothing design, as a corollary to the Breaking the Mode gallery.