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Bonnie Resisnski

  • Bonnie Resinski

    Position: Costume Designer, Adjunct Instructor

    Department: Fine Arts

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    About Mrs. Bonnie Resinski

    Education

    • BA: Secondary Comprehensive English, Cabrini College ( now University), Radnor PA Class of 1966

    • MA:  Reading Specialist, Indiana University of PA, 1994

    Background

    Bonnie M. Resinski, sometimes listed as Bonnie Marie Lucas, was born in Amarillo, Texas .

    She  arrived in Loretto on  August 26, 1967 along with her husband,  Ken Resinski, who  was hired to start academic theatre classes and productions for the newly implemented Fine Arts Department.  

    She describes those early days: "When we started at SFC there were no places other than NYC or  Philadelphia for costume rental. However, since girls at SFC were not allowed to wear pants to class, girls knew how to sew.  There was one sewer (with sewing machine) in every third room in the girls’ dorms. Roaring River Mills in Altoona was a ready, inexpensive source of all kinds of fabric.

     I started designing and shepherding the girls to make all the costumes we needed. The students sewed in the dorm, and at our house where they also interacted with our three small children.  Because our relatives were in other states, the kids considered the students their 'aunts and uncles'  When clothing rules were changed, and the students no longer had sewing skills beyond 7th Grade Home Ec classes, we set up the costume workroom in JFK dressing rooms.  There I was able to coach students (male and female) in skills to create whatever Ken asked as director, and I designed. Over the 46 years of Ken’s tenure at SFC/SFU the students and I made costumes for 235 productions." 

    • Saint Francis University 1967 to Present
    • Additional Experience
    • Professional Presentations
    Saint Francis University 1967 to Present

    Fine Arts Department Adjunct Assignments (2015 to present)

    • Workshop Class
    • Acting Class
    • Culture and Values 
    • Performance and Production Service Hours
    • Directing Mainstage Productions: 
      • If We Shadows” – shadow play of Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream”

      • “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

    • Maintain costume wardrobe
    • Provide costume consultation/rental services for area arts organizations through Fine Arts Costume Consultation Service
    • Mentoring Alpha Psi Omega, National Honor Drama Society members of the Tau Delta Cast at SFU 

    SAGE/OASIS Coach/Center for Academic Success (2015 to present)

    • Providing academic support for SFU students in a predictable time and place

    STAR Productions  (1967 to 2015)

    • Resident Costume Designer / Theatre Workshop Manager
    • Design and construct Costumes for 225 main stage and studio productions

    • Supervise and instruct Saint Francis students in the service hours component of Fine Arts and Theatre Classes

    Upward Bound Program (1995 to Present)

    • Designed and implemented summer academic enrichment courses for college bound high school students.
    • Representative courses:  The Shakespeare (Plays) Nobody Teaches in High School; Living Wax Museum (Integrated research, writing and performance techniques); SAT Prep Verbal; and STAR WARS:  An American Epic

     

    Additional Experience

    Cresson Lake Playhouse (1973-1986)

    • Costume Designer for 39 Productions

    • 2017 Designer for “Beauty and the Beast”

     

    Northern Cambria School District  -- Northern Cambria, PA  (1988 to 2011)

    • English10 and 11  from 1994 to  2011
    • 1988-2011 Director of Middle and High School Theatre Productions
    • Reading/Middle School from 1988 to 1994
    • Courses designed and implemented
    • Drama



    Professional Presentations

    “Silhouettes”and “From the Fig Leaf On” –Lecture/Demonstrations on Fashion History –1980 – Present

    “READing ALOUD: Re-Discovered, Re-Evaluated and Re-Implemented ”First Annual Reading Conference –Saint Francis University Education Department - April 2004

    “Care of the Teaching Voice” – IU08 Consolidated In-Service Day – October 2002

    “Dress for Success” Career Counseling Program –– 1988 – Present