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"Every director in the American theatre should know Yvonne." 

(Kevin Moriarty-Executive Director-Dallas Theatre Center)

A Marine Corps Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom disabled, combat war veteran, Yvonne traded in her combat boots for a career in theatre/opera/film/television after graduating with an M.F.A. in Stage Design from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University and a B.F.A. in Fashion Design with a minor in Fashion Merchandising from the University of North Texas.

She is a strong advocate for uplifting more diversity and accessibility behind the scenes for people of color, LGBTQA+, and those with disabilities along with better pay transparency/equality, adequate resources, support, and education in the entertainment industry. As well as more stories that focus on POC's joy instead of their trauma.

A Texan who now resides in the Chicago, IL area, she has been featured in The Great Stage of Texas exhibit at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX, published in Scene Shift U.S. Set Designers in Conversation with accompanying exhibit on current display at USC Fisher Museum, as well as American Theatre Magazine: Role Call - 6 Theatre Workers You Should Know and 2023's Helen Hayes Outstanding Costume Design Award nomination for her work on Woolly Mammoth and Baltimore Center Stage Theatre's co-production of Ain't No Mo'. She is also the recipient of the following achievements:

  • 2019 Black Theatre Network's Judy Dearing Student Costume Design Competition​

  • 2019 SMU's Taubman Scholarship

  • 2018 Television Academy Costume Design Internship​

  • 2017 Project Goodwill Fashion Competition 2nd Place​

  • 2012 Fashion Group International's Career Day 1st Place Mohair Fiber Competition​​

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