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Martin A. Thaler
Full Professor of Theatre /Costume Designer
Martin received his M.F.A. from Penn State University in 1984 and is a Full Professor in the Department of Theatre. Prof. Thaler was awarded the University of Vermont’s Kroepsch- Maurice Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007. Design credits include work at the Champlain Shakespeare Festival, the Theatre-by-the-Sea, Brandeis University, Dartmouth Summer Repertory, Stage One: The Louisville Children’s Theatre, Tri-Cities Opera, West Virginia Public Stage and at Rowan University, where he is often a guest designer, having designed The love of the Nightingale, Twelfth Night, Changes of Heart, The Doctor in Spite of Himself, and The Misanthrope. His New York credits in costume construction include: The American premier of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, The Muppet Arena Show, SHOGUN: The Musical, My Favorite Year at Lincoln Center, the American revival of Hello Dolly, with Carol Channing that opened in Paris and toured internationally, and the Chicago premiere of Miss Saigon. Professor Thaler has also styled clothing for Maryland Public Television’s nationally syndicated “Wall Street Weekly”. He designed the Off-Broadway production of Goldoni’s comedy The Servant of Two Masters for Tony Award winning director, Stuart Vaughan of the New Globe Theatre in NYC. Professor Thaler was Department Chair from 1991-2001, during which he initiated the annual holiday production for children, The Toys Take Over Christmas, and the Season Subscription Series while also building partnerships with the Vermont Stage Co. and the University Resident Theatre Association. With all of his accomplishments at UVM Professor Thaler is most proud of his work in the classroom, placing many of UVM design students in graduate schools on full scholarships. Recent works include Donezitti's The Elixer of Love at the Tri-Cities Opera, in Binghamton, NY, and The Scarlet Letter at The Playhouse on Park in Hartford, CT. During the summer he teaches drawing and painting to senior adults at the Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth, DE. He recently returned from his sabbatical, where he was certified in Prosthetic Make up Design for Film at the Cinema Make up School in Los Angeles, CA.