A summer as a stitcher

Posted by Adam Stocker on Jul 17, 2017 9:57:33 AM

Costume design by Ilona Somogyi


My name is Adam Stocker, and I recently graduated from WMU's Department of Theatre as a technical production theatre major with an emphasis in costume construction. I grew up in Warren, Michigan, and I will soon  be moving to New York City to pursue all of my dreams and goals.

I spent my summer as a stitcher at The Glimmerglass Festival, an opera company in Cooperstown, NY. I worked here last year as an intern, and I came back this year as staff. The show I specifically worked the most on was Oklahoma! (Glimmerglass produces 1 musical and 3 operas each summer). I work 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. about six days a week, and I spend that time working in the costume shop, sewing away and building costumes. As a stitcher, my primary job is to construct the garments via a sewing machine.


Costume design by Ilona Somogyi


Glimmerglass produces 4 shows each summer, and in the costume shop, each show has about two teams of people that include drapers, first hands, stitchers, and interns. My team supervisor, the draper, works with the first hand to create patterns and then cut them out of the fabric. Then, they hand me the pieces to put together. Each garment (i.e., skirts, blouses, dresses) need different and specific knowledge and skills to put together. As any team does, we all rely on each other’s help and different skill sets to accomplish our goals. Collaboration is key, especially in theatre. I love what I do, and I’m glad I get to be able to do it here!

Although where I am in upstate New York is like the middle of nowhere, my friends and I find a lot of ways to have fun during our off time! We have bonfires, hike along waterfall trails, or just kick back in the summer sun! Because our workplace is located on a lake, we’re able to be beach bums as often as possible, which is my favorite summer activity! 


Adam Stocker's summer at The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, NY


Due to legality issues, I can’t share photos of any finished products just yet, so I’ll share some ambiguous and vague photos of fabrics and unfinished garments. 


Costume design by Ilona Somogyi

Costume design by Ilona Somogyi


And what would this blog post be without pictures of the all the fun I have, and the beautiful things I see?
Adam Stocker's summer at The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York
Adam Stocker's summer at The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York
For more on me or my work, follow my instagram, @theboycostumer or visit my website, theboycostumer.com!

This post is part of the College of Fine Art's Summer 2017 blog series, Going Places. Enjoy more summertime student blog posts by subscribing to the Fine Print or clicking the image below: 


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Topics: CFA Students in Summer, Department of Theatre, The Student Experience, Going places - Summer 2017, Careers in the Arts

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