Ruth Dentel is a costume designer and technician. She has developed a broad technical skill set that includes creating patterns, soft sculpture work, millinery work, and wardrobe organization. She is a costume historian, with particular interest in traditional ethnic clothing.
Miss Dentel teaches courses in design, costume construction and makeup. She also serves as the faculty costume designer and shop manager.
Her scope of work includes several shows designed in the Houston area. She has serves as a technician for various theatres including Shakespeare Festivals, Opera Companies, Musical Theatre Companies and Dance. Of note, she traveled 3 years with the National Broadway tour of Phantom of the Opera and spent several years with Houston Ballet.
When not working on theatrical productions, Miss Dentel is an avid traveler. To date, she has traveled to 6 of 7 continents and over 40 US states, visiting ethnographic museums and learning the nuances of varying cultures. She always takes her camera with her to capture the moments. If she has any time left over, she enjoys baking cookies, drawing and painting.
While in Graduate school, 3 of Miss Dentel’s costume designs were nominated for competition in the American College Theatre Festival. In 1999, she won the silver scissors award form Houston’s Museum of Fine arts for outstanding costume design. She has also published a book entitled “Europe In America” that explores small American towns with European roots.