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Catherine Kodicek

Catherine Kodicek

Biography


Catherine Kodicek is a freelance head of costume, designer and supervisor. She is founder and co-chair of CiTEA (Costume in Theatre, Entertainment and Arts) and deputy chair of the Theatrical Guild.

Recent Articles

Stitched up: Commercial producers need to work with designers to avoid a costume crash

Stitched up: Commercial producers need to work with designers to avoid a costume crash

With every West End show opening in the same three months, designers are at capacity – commercial producers need to work with us to avoid a costume crash, says designer Catherine Kodicek
How can freelancers fight for better terms?

How can freelancers fight for better terms?

The pandemic laid bare the precarious employment conditions for many in theatre, says freelance costume designer Catherine Kodicek – how do those who’ve had little support now fight for better terms?
How do we prepare students for an industry that will exploit them?

How do we prepare students for an industry that will exploit them?

Colleges face a real ethical dilemma when it comes to preparing students for an industry that will most likely exploit their energy and enthusiasm, says Catherine Kodicek
Non-gendered titles in costume would help the fight for pay equity

Non-gendered titles in costume would help the fight for pay equity

Non-gendered job titles in costume departments would help the fight for pay equity, says costume designer and CiTEA founder Catherine Kodicek
For theatremakers, a year is a long time not to do the thing you love

For theatremakers, a year is a long time not to do the thing you love

With many theatre workers taking up other jobs in the pandemic, it’s easy to lose our theatre identities, says costume designer Catherine Kodicek, but now is the perfect opportunity for each of us to remember our former selves
All theatre departments need support to ensure they are truly Covid-safe

All theatre departments need support to ensure they are truly Covid-safe

Costume workers deserve the same protections as everyone else in theatre, says Catherine Kodicek – and the key to safe working is pragmatic prior planning
More than just face masks: Covid-safe working means putting people first

More than just face masks: Covid-safe working means putting people first

Costume designer Catherine Kodicek says even when the pay is good and the long hours are managed, the stresses and strains of Covid can take their toll on backstage staff on theatre’s front line
Improved working conditions would be something to celebrate, not Brexit

Improved working conditions would be something to celebrate, not Brexit

If the government wants to recapture the optimism of the 2012 Olympics, says Catherine Kodicek, £120 million towards fairer working structures might be a better gesture than a misguided ’Festival of Brexit’
Covid-safe working could be good news for costume professionals

Covid-safe working could be good news for costume professionals

The time frames may be different, and more forward planning is required, but Covid-safe working is good news for costume professionals, says Catherine Kodicek
Arts workers are finally talking to each other, and it feels like a revolution

Arts workers are finally talking to each other, and it feels like a revolution

Theatre’s recovery depends on the ingenuity of its workforce, says costume designer Catherine Kodicek – it is we who have all the tools needed to save the arts
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