Felia Davenport holds a BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Costume Design from Virginia Commonwealth University, an MFA in Costume Design from University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She has won many awards for her costume design work from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Southeastern Theatre Conference and her work was recognized at USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology). She has also been honored to have her designs be shown at the Prague Quadrennial, which is an international exhibition of theatre designers and artists from over 50 countries. Over the years, she has worked for theatres in Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Missouri as a designer or a crafts artisan.
As a designer her professional credits include Preemptive which premiered at the Shaw Theatre in London and at the National Theatre in Nigeria, Equus (HotCity Theatre), Black Pearl Sings (St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre Company),The Eight Reindeer Monologues (HotCity Theatre), O Pioneers!, a world premier opera at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, Lakme (Union Avenue Opera), Music and Moves, Disconnect and various other dance pieces for Modern American Dance Company, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Stray Dog Theatre), The Odd Couple, A Year with Frog and Toad, The Trojan Women, Fences (The Clarence Brown Theatre), The Waiting Room (The Actors Studio), Boesman and Lena (St. Louis Black Repertory Company), Sarafina (St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre Company), The Misanthrope (Clarence Brown Theatre). She has also designed clothing for local Motown musical groups, as well as, contributing to the August Wilson Series which appeared at the Kennedy Center.
Felia Katherine Davenport
Assistant Professor , Costume Design
Theatre Dance and Media Studies
The University of Missouri Saint Louis
201 Arts Administration Building