Irene Mack-Shafer currently serves as Manager, Costume Design at The University of Akron. She supervises a staff of professional costumers along with students in creating costumes for Dance, Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Opera. In addition to using her craft to support productions at the University of Akron, she has also executed designs for Georgia’s Jekyll Island Musical Theatre Festival, Florida’s Show Palace Dinner Theatre, Ohio Light Opera, and Cleveland Public Theatre. As a professional patternmaker and cutter/draper, Irene assists area fashion designers and costumers in various independent projects, and designs and builds gowns for weddings, cotillions, and christenings. Ms. Mack-Shafer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from The University of Akron, a Master of Taxation Degree also from The University of Akron, and is a member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 48.