Crystal Ferrell

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre, Costume Designer

Brodie 173B
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Crystal K. Ferrell joined the faculty at SUNY Geneseo in 2006. Professor Ferrell's areas of specialty are Costume Design, Costume Construction, Stage Makeup, Puppetry, and Play Analysis. She has designed the costumes for numerous productions, including Tartuffe, Parade, Museum, Wings, The Pirates of Penzance, A Little Night Music, The Grapes of Wrath, Fool for Love, and The Game of Love and Chance, as well as for many dance concerts. She has also designed costumes for GEVA Theatre, Theatre Young Kids Enjoy (TYKES), National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Artist Repertory Theatre, The Circuit Playhouse, Nazareth College, Monroe Community College, Western Oregon State University, and Central Missouri University. Professor Ferrell's puppets and masks designs have appeared in Aladdin, Willy Wonka, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Elves and the Shoemakers. She is a member of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology and the Union Internationale de la Marionnette.

Faculty Information


  • MFA, University of Memphis
  • BFA, University of Central Missouri
My Classes

Thea 346:
Costume Design

    The translation of specific design problems into finished design renderings for the contemporary theatre. Special emphasis is placed on the relationship between the text of the play and the design concept. Offered fall, even years

Thea 233:
Stage Make-up I

    The principles of theatrical make-up, from basic to stylized, to give the student a wide variety of experience and practice in the art of make-up. Participation in productions is an integral part of the course. Offered every spring

Thea 140:
F/Play Analysis for Theatre

    From pages to possible stages: an analysis of the play to discover production and performance options inherent in the script. The play script will be looked at from the points of view of the various production collaborators: performers, designers, and audience. Attendance at on-campus theatrical performances will be required.

Thea 100:
F/Introduction to the Theatre

    Consideration of the theatrical arts (playwriting, acting, direction, design) in relation to their contribution to the theatrical experience. Designed to develop discrimination and appreciation rather than proficiency in performance. Attendance at on-campus theatrical performances will be required.

Thea 305:
Topics in Theatre History:

    An in-depth study of a variety of specific topics in theatre history. Topics to be offered on a rotating basis include Greek Tragedy; Contemporary European Theatre, Feminist Theory and Theatre, Dance and Film; Beckett, Pinter, and Mamet; Political Theatre from Brecht to the Present; Holocaust Drama; Asian Puppetry. Attendance at on-campus theatrical performances will be required. Prerequisites: THEA 202 and THEA 203 or permission of instructor. Offered every spring

Thea 234:
F/History of Costume

    A historical survey of costumes from Greek to modern and their relationships to theatrical productions. Offered every fall