Teka England is an academic overachiever with history degrees from the University of Puget Sound and Penn State and an MFA in Costume Production from Boston University. Her focus from an early age has been on historic and folk costume and structural construction, but she also loves to work in uncommon and "difficult" materials and will never shy away from a rhinestone.
She has worked wardrobe with Blue Man Group, Lyric Theater of Oklahoma and on Broadway tours as an IATSE local. She has made puppets with Michael Curry Designs, and been on costume construction crews at the Seattle Opera, American Repertory Theater, the Boston University Opera Institute, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. She was the shop manager/lead draper and an occasional designer at Butler University, the Professional Draper at the University of Oklahoma, and is currently the Cutter/Draper at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, working on dance, theater, musical theater and opera and trying to complete a first draft of a tutu construction textbook.
In her off hours, Teka knits, embroiders, racewalks, lifts weights, plays too many video games, sings sea chanties in the shower and does freelance patterning and garment construction for members of the general public under the name Threadwright
She lives most of the year in Lexington, Kentucky, but can also sometimes be found in Portland, OR visiting friends and family.