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Caroline Mercier




Dr. Caroline Mercier has taught, designed and exhibited her work for more than 12 years. Originally from Quebec, she has collaborated with companies such as Le cirque du Soleil, Theatre Omnibus, Tuyo and McGill Opera. She started in fashion and quickly moved on to theatre where she worked across all live and recorded media. She has also dressed many famous personalities through the years such as Rosanne Barr, Dennis Leary and Drew Carey. She worked on the set of the movie "She's the Man." She spent five years in the British Isles, studying and creating new work. More recently she has also crossed boundaries into the world of Fine Arts, and has been invited as guest artist in residence in Art Centers in Ireland, France and also Thailand where she spent all last summer creating work and exhibiting in Bangkok. She is now full-time at CSU Stanislaus and involved in writing circles, the restructuring of the theatre degree as well as the growth of her department and students. She has been selected as the artist to open Fresno City Hall's new season in January 2007.

Academic Credentials

1999-2003: Ph.D. in Fine Arts, Costume Design, Northumbria University, England

1996-1999: M.A. in Theatre Design, Costume Design, Universite du Quebec a� Montreal, Canada (Graduated with Honors)

1988-1991: DEC in Theatre Design, Collège Lionel-Groulx, Canada (Graduated with honors)

1986-88: Certificate in Fashion Design, Collège Lasalle, Canada

1984-86: DEC in Psychology, College Ahuntsic, Canada
2006: Computerized costume rendering workshop, USITT, Louisville, USA
2005: Prosthetic and F/X make-up Master class, Summer Arts, USA
2004: Costume workshops (various), USITT, Long Beach, USA
2003: Airbrush Make-up Workshop, Westmore Academy, LA, USA
2000: Fabric dyes and aging, Concordia University, Quebec
1999: Fabric and Fiber Workshop, APASQ, given by Veronique Borboen
19th and 20th century Costumes, University of Montreal
1998: Studies in Celtic Civilization, Cork University, Ireland
1997: 2-handed sword fighting, Renaissance, Montreal

Area of expertise

Costume and makeup design
Painting and photography

What have you learned from your students?

I learn something new every day.

Why do students choose CSU Stanislaus?

Because they aspire to reach new levels of understanding the world around them.

How do students succeed in your class?

They let me embark them into a journey of discovery.

What brought you to CSU Stanislaus?

The vitality and expansion into a quality environment. Being part of something bigger but having space to grow.

If you were not teaching, what other career do you see yourself in?

I have been a freelance artist all my life. I chose this career now.

Describe a former student who has attained professional success.

I actually taught many students who are now designing on the professional scene, in Montreal, Broadway and many other places. Some are teachers now as well.

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