Valerie St. Pierre Smith
BiographyValerie St. Pierre Smith is an award winning costume designer, stylist and artisan who began her career in California after receiving her M.F.A. from San Diego State University. Sea World, San Diego, La Jolla Playhouse; Warner Brothers Studios; Eleanor Antin and many others. After California, she moved to New York City, then to Washington, D.C., after having met her husband. Her design work has been seen on stage at the Kennedy Center, Wooly Mammoth Theatre and the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of the American Indian. While in D.C. she also served on the theatre and dance department faculty at the George Washington University for five years.
St. Pierre Smith's teaching philosophy includes shifting the traditional view of what it means to be an artist in the 21st century. As she says, "A big component of that is learning to think creatively to make and find your own opportunities. A strong educational foundation is the best place to start. Because you need to know the rules to understand how you can best use, bend and, when appropriate, break them.” Valerie is also a proud member of United Scenic Artists 829.
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