WHAT I'M ABOUT
DANAE IRIS MCQUEEN is a film and theatrical costume designer living in Los Angeles. She started her career working as an assistant to prolific costume designer Carrie Robbins in NYC. She then moved on to be the resident design assistant at DELAWARE REP for two seasons, working with many notable costume designers including Martha Hally, Fabio Toblini, and Laura Crow.
Danae spent five summers at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, starting as a stitcher and working her way to assistant costume shop manager. CATF was her first true artistic home, there she found her passion for new work and designed her first professional show - Kyle Bradstreet's FROM PRAGUE. The following year, her costumes for CATF's world premiere production of Johnna Adams' GIDION'S KNOT were published in AMERICAN THEATRE MAGAZINE.
After a few years working as a costume designer on the east coast, Danae decided to head west for her MFA in costume design from the University of California, San Diego, studying under Judith Dolan.
She had the immense pleasure of assisting costume designer Ann Closs-Farley on the world premiere musical UP HERE (Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, dir. Alex Timbers) at the La Jolla Playhouse during the summer of 2015.
In LA this summer she designed the costumes for THE PRIDE directed by Michael Arden at THE WALLIS ANNENBERG CENTER.
Previously at THE WALLIS she served as the costume supervisor and design associate to Dane Laffrey on Sondheim's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, also directed by Michael Arden.
Danae designed costumes for YOUR OLD MAN, directed by YouTuber Tim Hautekiet, which recently screened at LA SHORTS FEST.
She has worked for several studios, including work as lead fabricator for designer Marina Toybina - selected projects include MAGIC MIKE LIVE (Las Vegas) and MOVE BEYOND (Derek & Julianne Hough tour).
She has formerly worked with the Old Globe Theatre, Los Angeles Philharmonic, La Jolla Playhouse, Alley Theatre, Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and the Cincinnati Ballet, among others.
UPCOMING: Danae is thrilled to return to the DELAWARE REP this fall as associate costume designer for YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (designer Judith Dolan).
She has an eye for what matters — always aware of the telling detail that helps make the actors’ performances vibrant and real.”