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Erin Slattery Black, COMM '95

What do Placido Domingo, Antonio Banderas and Big Bird have in common? They've all had their costumes designed by Erin Slattery Black. With a master's of fine arts degree from the University of Texas to go along with her undergraduate degree from Marquette, Erin has gone on to great professional success, garnering two Emmy Awards for her work on Sesame Street.

Erin fondly recalls her Marquette experience. "I have thought back to my 9:00 a.m. Western Civ lecture many a time while reading an historical script,” she says. “My semesters of theology and philosophy have served me well in being able to decode the subtext and deeper questions posed by many playwrights."

Erin is as generous in sharing her knowledge as she is grateful for it. She serves as an instructor in technical theatre for the undergraduate drama department at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

"What I like best about theatre is the collaborative nature of art," says Erin. "I love to work with people, to brainstorm, to watch a seed of a good idea sprout into a moment of brilliance."

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