M.F.A. in Costume Production, Boston University
B.A. in Theatre Education, Greensboro College
Lara Southerland Berich has developed several costume technology courses for the Department of Theatre and Drama, where she teaches Costume Technology II, Period Patternmaking, Men's Tailoring, and Period Corsets and Understructures. Additionally, she works on patterning, fitting, altering, and sewing costumes for all of IU Theatre's productions.
Outside the department, Lara also works as an overhire tailor and draper for the Jacobs School of Music and the Indiana Repertory Theatre, in addition to occasionally designing and constructing costumes for the modern dance program in IU's Department of Kinesiology and for the Cardinal Stage Company.
She has spent every summer since 2006 working as a draper at the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico, and has worked in the costume shops of Boston's Huntington Theatre Company, Opera Boston, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Weston Playhouse in Vermont, North Shore Music Theatre, and New Hampshire's American Stage Festival. Lara holds a B.A. in Performance with licensure in Theatre Education from Greensboro College in North Carolina and an M.F.A. in Costume Production from Boston University. When not costuming she's often found gardening, hiking, biking, and climbing.