Costuming Pictures

Costuming Resume’

Kayren Reynolds McKnight or



Costuming credits:
The Baltimore Waltz, March 21, 22, 28, 29 directed by Erinn Hartley, Anam Cara at Toy Boat 
Baltimore Waltz  
Goblin Market by Anam Cara November 2013 at Toy Boat 
Goblin Market  
Othello October 2013, Montford Park Players, directed by Jason Williams 
Carousel May 24-26, 2012 - 
Co-directed by Kirstin Daniel and Janis Bryant
Puppet - special commission - Summer 2012
puppet   alex
 Hats and Masks for Dragon Con 
bird hat   maskblack foxmask
Project Runway - Asheville JCC - 2012
Best in the Upcycled Division 
  laura only in ashevill laura upcycled me at project runway
Phantom of the Opera May 26,27,28  AC Reynolds High School Costume designer
Co-directed by Kirstin Daniel and Janis Bryant
Aprons for Brundibar - Asheville Lyric Opera January 2011 
yellow apron   blue apron blueapron detail
West Side Story – May 2009  A C Reynolds High School– Costume Designer
Co-directed by Kirstin Daniel and Janis Bryant

Gianni Schicchi – October 2008 – Asheville Lyric Opera and AC Reynolds High School – Costume designer

Gianni Schicchi was presented as a joint project of Asheville Lyric Opera and AC Reynolds Choral program in the fall of 2008. The setting is present day Italy. The director wanted a contrast between the locals of the vineyard town and the grabbie relatives from the city. I served as the costume designer. Kristen Yarborough of ALO directed.

Guys and Dolls – May 2008 – AC Reynolds High School – Costume designer

Guys and Dolls required lots of matching outfits for the Hot Box dancers and for the Save a Soul mission. Creating the Hot Box dancers costumes with the modesty needed for a high school production provided a creative challenge. Some were sewn new and some created from purchased ready made clothes. We went  for laughs with Take Back That Mink. The girls striped down to striped pants and star tops to make a flag. The Mission uniforms were made from thrift store clothing. (There was not a red jacket in any thrift store in the area that fall. I had them all!)The costumes were sold at the end of the show to a theatre in Canada.

Fiddler on the Roof – May 2007 – AC Reynolds High School – Costume designer
Costumes and scenery were based on the work of the artist Chagall. We used his paintings as inspiration for color and symbolism. I painted Chagall angels on the tails of the Fiddler’s coat and a Chagall rooster on his vest. All the males in the cast wore prayer shawls made by the tech theatre class. We painted with glow-in-the-dark paint for the nightmare scene on clothing and on the ghost faces. There is not a good picture of it, but at one point all the lights went out and you could see Grandma and the actors holding the puppets as skeletons. Directed by Pat McAfee


Beauty and the Beast – May 2006 – AC Reynolds High School – Costume designer

I created the costumes with Lisa Sturz of Red Herring Puppets. I created the cloth costumes (including the Beast, the Prince, the rug, napkins and the feather duster). Lisa created the foam costumes. The costumes are now available for rent at the Costume Shop. You can see more pictures at -
Directed by Pat McAfee

Les Miserables – May 2005 – AC Reynolds High School – Costume designer

This was my first production as costume designer. I set the time period forward slightly to save money on the costumes for the wedding. It was much less fabric to create the high waist gowns of slightly later and much easier for students to dance on our small stage than it would have been in large hoop skirts. I used color to help identify characters over time as they aged and as they were played by new actresses. Volunteers from the students body helped make most of the costumes from thrift store purchases. With this production I also began doing hair and makeup and supervising back stage. Directed by Pat McAfee.

Also helped with
Costumes and Props for Dylan McKnight's production of The Complete History of America - November 2008
Costume sewing volunteer and dresser - Wizard of Oz – September 2005 – Asheville Community Theatre
Costumes and back stage with Tanglewood's UNC-A productions of Alexander's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Bad Day and Honk.


While I have no formal degrees in costume design or theatre, I have been sewing since I was a 9 year old 4-H-er and have been volunteering in local theatres (ushering mostly in addition to the above) for the last ten years. I have learned a lot from experience and from reading the texts and web pages of the trade. I have learned even more from the directors, actors and students I am privileged to work with – both on stage and behind the scenes. 


References and archive video of productions available on request.