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, where she found her passion for new work, and designed her first professional production - 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.
Danae is honored to have been a 2017 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Award nominee for her costume design of THE PRIDE last summer - directed by Michael Arden at THE WALLIS ANNENBERG CENTER.
This year she designed ANNIE at the HOLLYWOOD BOWL featuring Lea Salonga, Ana Gasteyer, David Alan Grier, Megan Hilty, Steven Weber, and Roger Bart, among others. Co-designer Dane Laffrey, directed by Michael Arden.
Danae designed costumes for the short film YOUR OLD MAN, directed by YouTuber and filmaker 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 & London) and the P!NK BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA tour.
She has formerly worked with the Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Alley Theatre, Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and the Cincinnati Ballet, among others.
She has an eye for what matters — always aware of the telling detail that helps make the actors’ performances vibrant and real.”