Darice Damata-Geiger

Costume Designer: King Lear

Darice returns to the MSF after her glorious 2018 The Rover and her beautiful design of 2017’s The Seagull and working on 2012’s Richard III. Currently, the Costume Lab Supervisor at UofWisconsin- Parkside, Darice has designed and created costumes for professional and academic theatre for over 45 years. She has always believed that her first professional show in 1973, a drag show, was an indicator that her life was never going to be boring. 

Darice earned her MFA as a Hillberry Fellow at Wayne State University and studied design with Freddy Whittop and Ming Cho Lee and movement with Bill Irwin. She was one of the first seven Americans admitted to the Shanghai  Drama Institute to study Peking Opera. A year later, she was invited to attend the Zhejiang Institute of Art where she earned a certificate in traditional Chinese Painting. While there she designed and built a production of A Dual of Drunken Masters with costumes made of calligraphically decorated rice paper.

As an Academician, she has worked with Tony & Oscar -winning directors Frank Gallatti, Anna Shapiro, and Mary Zimmerman, and scenic designers Tony nominee Todd Rosenthal and Tony Winner Dan Ostling. As a professional, she has worked nationally and Internationally with a multitude of actors, designers, playwrights, choreographers and producers.  


Darice has fond memories of working with: John Guerre, Marlo Thomas, and Tony Walton on the first production of Six Degrees of Separation after Broadway. John Astin, Mickey Rooney, and Jamie Farr in Lend Me A Tenor: the 1st after Broadway that ran for almost 8 years.


Her fondest memory, however, is co-designing a production of The Philadelphia Story with her late husband, Jeff Award wining scenic & lighting designer Kevin R. Geiger.