Katie Hawken

Katie Hawken

Costume Trainee

  • Location: Cardiff
  • Career stage: Entry
  • Freelancer: Available

Hi, I'm a recent graduate from RWCMD in BA(Hons) Design for Performance. I specialise in making period costume and designing for the present day.

To say that costume has been a lifelong passion would be a lie. I came to RWCMD with an interest in theatre, but over my course of study I have come to realise that it’s specifically creating characters through costume that’s my real love.

Whether we admit it or not, we all judge people by the way they look and theatre is no exception. Every part of the design and making process has to be leading towards a final goal of presenting an authentic and convincing character. Collaboration is vital. If the actor embodying that character doesn’t truly inhabit their costume, it isn’t right. Communication is key: between the maker, the director, the actor and most importantly, the audience.

Work History

Costume Technician - RWCMD

Sep 2016 - Dec 2016

Costume Assistant Trainee - Doctor Who: Series 10

Sep 2016 - Oct 2016

Costume Placement - Doctor Who: Xmas Special 2016

Sep 2016 - Sep 2016

Costume Design Trainee - It's My Shout

Jul 2016 - Jul 2016

Costume Designer - All That I Am (College Production)

Mar 2016 - Apr 2016

Costume Designer - Conspiracy (College Production)

Mar 2016 - Apr 2016

Costume Maker, Dyer & Puppeteer - Walk the Plank

Aug 2015 - Sep 2015

Costume Assistant - The Duchess of Malfi (College Production)

May 2015 - Jun 2015

Costume Maker - Longing (College Production)

Jan 2015 - Feb 2015

Costume Assistant - The Winter's Tale (College Production)

Oct 2014 - Dec 2014


Design for Performance - BA(Hons) - RWCMD

Sep 2013 - Jul 2016

Art & Design - Foundation Diploma - Truro College

Sep 2012 - Jun 2013


  • Budgeting
  • Book Keeping
  • Corsetry
  • Costume
  • Costume Construction
  • Costume Design
  • Costume Distressing
  • Draping
  • Dressing
  • Dyeing
  • Embroidery
  • Millinery
  • Pattern Cutting
  • PC
  • Standby
  • Wardrobe



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