Jack A. Smith holds degrees from Eastern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University, and had been working as a Costume Designer for the last eighteen years. His career has taken him from Chicago to Central Florida and from North Carolina to the mountains of Colorado. Here at Elon, Jack teaches Costume Design, Introduction to Theatre, Costume Construction, Theatre History and Literature, Theatrical Make-Up and Global Studies.
His passion has always been the physiology of dress — why we humans chose to cover our bodies in the fashion that we do. This passion extends to historical dress as well, with a devotion to middle class American clothing of the 19th century. He maintains an extensive collection of antique textiles from this period from which he teaches the history of dress. He also uses this collection to mount museum exhibits around the country, and hopes to someday turn all of this into a book about the history of middle class dress.
Jack has worked professional as a Costume Designer for many years, most recently in Central Florida for the Orlando Shakespeare Festival. He also worked for The Mad Cow Theater, The University of Central Florida and Disney Productions. His work has also been exhibited at the Prague Quadrennial in Prague Czechoslovakia, an international theatrical design competition.
His design work here at Elon University includes costumes for Anything Goes!, When you coming back, Red Rider?, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Tom Jones.