Sarah M. Oliver

Assistant Teaching Professor of Costume Technology

Gennessee St. Office

Phone: (816) 235-6023



Sarah M Oliver teaches costume technology for the M.F.A. Costume Design program. She returns to UMKC after working as the Senior Lecturer of Costume Technology at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Mrs. Oliver has designed and built costumes in the United States for theatres coast to coast—from the Los Angeles Opera to the New York City Opera. She has built costumes for drama, film, dance, opera, and musical theatre productions for designers in South Africa, England, Spain, Hong Kong, Canada, China, and the Bahamas. Over the course of her career, Mrs. Oliver has worked in almost all levels of costuming—as a designer, assistant, maker, costume shop manager, wig maker, fabric dyer, wardrobe supervisor, and dresser.

Some of the most memorable productions for Mrs. Oliver include a five-hour cornucopia of theatre, dance, and party, The Lily’s Revenge (L.A. Drama Critics’ Award) at The Magic Theatre in San Francisco, CA; A Little Night Music(starring Jeremy Irons, Clare Bloom, and Michelle Pawk) at the New York City Opera, New York City, NY; and costume design for the Kauffman Center Opening, Kansas City, MO. Her work has been seen on the stages of the Washington National Opera, Oxford University, Irish Repertory Theatre, The Hong Kong Ballet, The Market Theatre, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Crossroads Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and The Arizona Theatre Company.

While she has dedicated her professional career to designing, building, and teaching the art of costuming, Mrs. Oliver continues to indulge in her first love—the study of textiles and weaving. She has travelled and worked internationally in China, Hong Kong, and Japan where she immersed herself in traditional weaving, embroidery, and dyeing arts.