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Local designer sews her way to school

Posted: June 10, 2014 - 10:52am

Haley Tynes, an Arkansas native and Conway resident, graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelors of Arts in Theater. As an avid arts enthusiast and previous actor, Tynes often looked for something more than being on stage; she wanted to create.

“I always liked working with my hands. When I got the opportunity to take a sewing course, I did and it was amazing,” said Tynes, “My final project was to make a princess jacket fitted for a doll. A lot of hand-stitching was involved, but I learned a lot from the experience.”

Tynes is a veteran of the UCA costume shop where she has been involved in several productions such as “The King of Ice Cream Mountain,” and “The Caucasian Chalk Circle.” Her involvement in the UCA theatre has enriched her life and offered her many opportunities both within the university and in the professional setting.

“Last summer I went to Kent, Ohio, to work in a summer-stock production at the Porthouse Theatre. I met a lot of people there and fell in love with the feel of the area,” said Tynes, “After that experience I knew that I wanted to study somewhere in the East.”

Her dream to study in the East was fulfilled this summer when she was selected to attend The University of Virginia.

“I’m going to study Theatre Production: Costume Design on the Masters level,” said Tynes. She will receive a scholarship and stipend alongside a teaching assistantship at the university.

“It’s an amazing opportunity and I can’t wait to start,” exclaimed Tynes.

Tynes is a lover of all things spectacular, which is where she gets her creative eye.

“When I was growing up I always saw what people were wearing and how it made sense in a certain scene. Of course, I wasn’t able to tell you why until I grew up, but I knew there was a method to the madness,” explained Tynes.

Tynes is the Arkansas Shakespeare Costume Designer for the play “The Comedy of Errors.”

“I’ve worked with Haley as an actor and she is very effective and knows what she wants,” said Allison Benton, a UCA Theatre graduate. “She has a strong opinion and it’s usually right as far as costuming is concerned.”

Tynes is not in short supply of fans.

“She has a wonderful vision with any show she is working on. ‘The Comedy of Errors’, she has made it fun and very stylish for the period they chose for the show,” said Hannah Moulder, actor in ‘The Comedy of Errors.” “I can’t wait to wear her costumes because the element she brings to the show really makes the whole thing come alive.”

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