Amanda Downing Carney is Trinity Rep’s costume shop director and costume designer. Her responsibilities include overseeing practical costume logistics and enabling the designer’s artistic visions for each production. She started as a stitcher/wardrobe in 2006 after returning home to Rhode Island from a life on the road as a wardrobe supervisor and costume coordinator for multiple national tours. In addition to her full-time gig at Trinity Rep, she designs costumes for local universities and theaters. Amanda has a BFA in Costume Technology from URI and lives in South County with her husband Joe, sons, and dog.
“I’m inspired by the creativity in my everyday workplace here at Trinity. My favorite part of my job is finding solutions to the most unique challenges. It’s very satisfying when a magical quick change gets applause or a codpiece tassel gets a laugh.”
Trinity Rep: Tiny Beautiful Things, Fade, An Iliad. Brown/Trinity Rep: Death and the Maiden, References to Salvadore Dali Make Me Hot Other Theatres: Admissions, Escaped Alone & Come and Go, As You Like It, The Children’s Hour, King Elizabeth, A Number & Far Away, Good People, Morality Play, House of Blue Leaves, After the Revolution, The Real Thing, BOOM, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, The Gamm Theatre; Peter and the Starcatcher, A Nantucket Christmas Carol, The Weir, Private Lives, Daddy Long Legs, Outside Mullingar, The White Heron; Cain + Abel, Rapture, Blister, Burn, Next to Normal, Body Awareness, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Wilbury Theatre Group; Other: Amanda has a BFA in Technical Theatre – Costume Design from URI and travelled nationally and internationally as a wardrobe supervisor for multiple national tours before coming back home to RI to water her roots. Her day job is the Costume Shop Director here at Trinity and when she’s not neck deep in theater projects, she’s a crafty mom to two rascally middle schoolers. She lives in South County with her boys, husband, and pup Pebbles.