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KU announces May employees of the month

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas has announced its Employees of the Month for May 2014.

Name: Gail Trottier

Start date: July 18, 1999

Title: Cutter/draper

What that means: Gail Trottier has worked on numerous productions, ranging from operas and plays to musicals, for the Department of Theatre. Costumes for these varied productions are often constructed from hand sketches and need to be true to the designer’s vision. Construction of costumes includes making patterns, cutting, draping, and fitting in order to bring costumes from concept to reality for stage productions. These endeavors are typically time sensitive and require exceptional organizational skills in order to meet tight deadlines. There also is a large teaching function associated with Trottier’s position and student workers assist in preparation and proper maintenance of costumes.    

Notable: Working in the performing arts field requires adaptability and tenacity.  An example of this was building costumes for large productions such as the musical “Into the Woods” the opera “La Boheme,” then moving on to a highly complicated show such as “The 39 Steps,” in which two characters needed to quick-change while playing 20 characters.  All was accomplished smoothly and the costumes all looked great on stage.

In addition to her dedication to the her craft, as well as her service to the faculty, staff, and students of the theatre department, Trottier also demonstrated her commitment to the KU community by creating informational displays touting the newly formed School of the Arts.  This was done at her own initiative.