Gail Wolfenden-Steib

Instructional Services Coordinator

Adjunct Faculty

Fine and Performing Arts

Communication, Theatre & Film Arts

602-421-6273 (mobile)

Office Hours

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Please email to set up office hours.  you may also talk to me before or after the Thursday lecture to set up a time.


As an industry professional, I have been able to hone my design skills, develop advanced costume patterning and construction techniques, focus on fabric manipulation through dyeing and painting processes and have worked for several amazing companies that have high production values and encourage their artists to excel in the field.  The collaborative process excites me and I enjoy sharing my knowledge.  I have presented workshops and master classes across the country and at international  and national events as well as universities.  These classes have been designed for both the novice technician and the advanced student.  I am embracing the 'new normal' and reworking my workshops and adding video modules to supplement the content to offer additional learning styles. I began teaching as a Faculty Associate/Adjunct Faculty in the fall of 2020 and am looking forward to continuing teaching semester long courses in costume arts.

Classes Taught

Fall 2024

THP206 Introduction to Costume Construction for Theatre 4 Credits

Introduction to basic principles used in costuming for theatre including the use of tools and techniques for costume construction, understanding of fabrics and materials, and a selected survey of historical fashion. Prerequisites: None.

Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
Dobson Campus
08/19/2024 - 12/13/2024
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM


Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at for additional information.

Students may contact instructor at at

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 15319 must also register for one of .

Degrees & Awards

MFA in Scenography with a Costume Focus,  Arizona State University

Selected Awards

2018 Best in Show Workmanship, Historical Masquerade. CostumeCon 36, Heavenly Bodies: The Reliquary, San Diego, CA

2018 Best in Class Presentation, Historical Masquerade CostumeCon36, Heavenly Bodies: The Reliquary, San Diego, CA

2018 Best in Show, SF Masquerade CostumeCon 36, Through the Looking Glass, San Diego, CA

2014 Best in Show Workmanship, SF Masquerade CostumeCon 32, Steampunk Circus, Toronto, OT,  Canada

2014 Best in Show Overall, SF Masquerade CostumeCon 32, Steampunk Circus, Toronto, OT, Canada

2010 Best in Class, Historical Masquerade CostumeCon 28, Lost Luggage Milwaukee,Wisconsin

2009 Best in Show Presentation, SF Masquerade CostumeCon 27, Destination Libation Baltimore, Maryland

2009 Best in Show Steampunk, SF Masquerade CostumeCon 27, Destination Libation Baltimore, Maryland

1994 Best in Show, Historical Masquerade, CostumeCon 12, Masque du Roi, Santa Rosa, CA

2006 ariZony Award of Excellence, Costume  Design, Sword in the Stone, Phoenix Theatre Cookie Company

2005 ariZony Award of Excellence, Costume  Design, Girl Who Saved the Sun, Phoenix Theatre Cookie Company

2003 ariZony Award of Excellence, Costume  Design, The Quiltmaker's Gift, Phoenix Theatre Cookie Company

2002 ariZony Award of Excellence, Costume  Design, The Emperor's New Clothes, Phoenix Theatre Cookie Company

2001 ariZony Award of Excellence, Costume  Design, Children of Eden, Phoenix Theatre

2000 ariZony Award of Excellence, Costume Design, Sleeping Beauty, Phoenix Theatre Cookie Company

1996 ariZony Award of Excellence, Costume Design Hansel and Gretel, Phoenix Theatre, Cookie Company

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