Sarah Tonemah

Costume Technician
Theatre
Costume Studio

s.p.tonemah@tcu.edu | 817-257-7627

Education

BFA, Fashion Design, Moore College of Art & Design

Areas of Focus

Sarah is responsible for pattern making, draping and cutting all garments and supervising the construction, fitting and repair of all costumes for each Theatre TCU production.

In addition to her work at TCU, Sarah works locally as a designer, cutter/draper, sample maker and sewing instructor. She was the resident costume designer at Circle Theatre in Fort Worth Texas for four seasons. She worked several seasons at both Casa Mañana and the Trinity Shakespeare Festival at TCU. She designed costumes at WaterTower Theatre, Cactus Theatre in Lubbock,  as well as Wichita Theatre and Opera House and the Backdoor Theatre both in Wichita Falls. Most recently, Sarah designed costumes for the short film Thistle Creek where she designed and created traditional 19th century Comanche clothing. The film won nine awards at the Los Angeles International Film Festival’s Indie Short Fest, including Best Costume Design.

Sarah spends her summers as a sewing instructor at the Hockaday School and Urban Spools in Dallas. She also taught art classes at The Forum in Wichita Falls and worked as an art instructor at Van Grow: Art Studio for Kids in Fort Worth. Her sewing classes at CityCraft, Dallas were nominated multiple times for a Best of Big D award, ‘Best Kids Art Classes.’ She also spent a summer as a fiber arts instructor for TCU’s Art Adventure camp.

Sarah has been actively involved with the Native and Indigenous population on campus through various roles. She is the staff affiliate for TCU’s Native and Indigenous Student Association, has served on the Native and Indigenous People’s Day planning committee for three years, helped in the creation of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Scholarship, which is the first of its kind at TCU. Sarah helped with the design of the new stone monument on campus that recognizes the Native and Indigenous peoples upon whose land TCU now sits.

2020 Best Costume Design for Thistle Creek, Los Angeles International Film Festival, Indie Short Fest.

2017 Column Award nominee for Best Original Costume Design of a Play (Equity).

Member, USITT.

Staff affiliate, TCU Native and Indigenous Student Association.