Miriam earned a BA in Art History (2000) and an MFA in Theatre Design (2004) from the University of Memphis. She has designed costumes and makeup for over 60 plays, musicals, and operas since 2001. Prior to her joining the production team at Allegheny College, she served as Costume Shop Supervisor at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, as well as Head Costume Designer at Opera in the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. During her time in Memphis, Miriam was recognized by the Ostrander Theatre Awards on a number of occasions, receiving the 2012 award for her makeup design on a production of Urinetown.
A person of eclectic interests, Miriam has taught at every level, ranging from preschool to college. She taught at three different Memphis area colleges and universities in her various fields of research, which not only included costume history and design, but also religious studies with a focus on Jewish thought and the Holocaust. In addition to teaching in a formal classroom setting, Miriam also served as a Zoo Educator at the Memphis Zoo and Aquarium for two years, where she taught animal-related matters to students of all ages. These days, the animals she is most interested in are that of the human variety, focusing her research on the history of fashion as it pertains to the many theatricals productions she designs.
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