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Pamela Rodríguez-Montero

Professor Pamela Rodríguez-Montero
Acting Assistant Professor of Costume Design

Pamela Rodríguez-Montero (she/her/ella) is a scenographer, educator, and visual artist from Costa Rica. She earned her BFA degree in Arts and Visual Communications from the National University of Costa Rica and received her MFA in Scenography from The University of Kansas (2017). Before joining UCSC, she served as the Assistant Professor of Costume Design at Kennesaw State University from 2019 to 2021. She has also worked as a guest scenographer for Washburn University and guest scenographer and cultural awareness mentor at The University of Central Missouri.

Her formal education and design experience reflect her ability to develop a comprehensive and global visual environment for theatre, dance, and devised performances. Pamela has more than ten years of technical and design experience in dance, theatre, and devised work in Costa Rica and the United States, including National Theatre for the Dance in Costa Rica, Costa Rica National Theatre, Kansas Rep Theatre, and The Alliance Theatre. 

She is the proud recipient of the Ethel Hinds Burch Outstanding GTA in Theatre Award (2014 & 2015) to recognize her excellence in teaching. Her areas of interest include Mesoamerican ceremonial dance/drama, intersectionality in theatrical design, anti-racism in the practice of costume, makeup & hair design, and digital rendering techniques. For more information, please visit her website:

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Theatrical Design. Diversified and Intersectional Pedagogy in Theatrical Design. Latinx and Latin American Indigenous Theatre, and Performance. Theatre for social change. Theatre for Young Audiences and Theatre for the Very Young Audiences. Computer-aided design and digital media. Illustration, drawing, and rendering techniques.
Education and Training: 
MFA with Honors, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
BFA, National University of Costa Rica, Heredia, Costa Rica
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  • KACTF Region V. First Place in Costume Design. Minnesota, 2015
  • Laura Louise Pryor Award. The University of Kansas, 2016
  • Clarence Seaver Technical Theatre Scholarship. The University of Kansas, 2015 and 2016
  • William and Penny Gamm Scholarship. New Theatre Guild. Kansas City, 2015
  • Ethel Hinds Burch Outstanding GTA in Theatre Award. New GTA, 2014; GTA 2015. The University of Kansas, 2015
  • Tinker Foundation’s Field Research Grant. Contextual Research in the Mayan culture. Tinker Foundation, 2015
  • Graduate Research Grant. Contextual Research in the Mayan culture. KU, 2015
  • Brian Ten Eyck Davis Award. The University of Kansas, Department of Theatre, 2014
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