a costume and scenic designer, artist, collaborator, educator.
Amber is the Assistant Professor of Costume Design at the Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at Southeastern Missouri State University. She is the author of a book on custom digital textile design due out in 2019 through Focal Press. She is also a freelance designer who has worked all over the country and continues to explore new opportunities. She is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, USA Local 829.
Amber is working on the Costume Design for Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical at the Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University
Amber will be designing Mama Mia for McLeod Summer Theatre.
THE BEST BROTHERS
"Directed by Lynn Lammers, "The Best Brothers" runs without an intermission and the transitions between scenes are carefully managed by Shannon T. Schweitzer’s lighting design and the simple moving of curtains and furniture on Amber Marisa Cook’s white set. The back wall is adorned with empty white picture frames, allowing the audience to fill in pictures of a life while easily moving between locations with simple changes." -Bridget Redman for Encore Michigan, February 8, 2015
THE KING AND I
"As always, Amber Marisa Cook’s costumes are stunning..." -Ohio Light Opera Opens 35th Season with Regal Production of 'The King and I' by John Finn for Ohio.com, June 20, 2013
"...lovely costuming, fine sets, Jerome Robbins’ original choreography, and especially imaginative lighting, ... The colorful costumes, quick changes, and skillful choreography all made the show flow well. Though very young, she brought the role of a mature widow to life fully with the help of the fine costuming and her gorgeous voice."
-Review: The King and I by Robert Rollin for Cleveland Classical, June 22, 2013
"Amber Marisa Cook merits high marks for her festive and colorful costumes."
-Ohio Light Opera Captures Spirit of Gilbert & Sullivan in “The Gondoliers” by John Finn for Ohio.com, July 24, 2013
THE VELVETEEN RABBIT
"Amber Marisa Cook's costuming is brilliant in the way she created the idea of particular toys, from the sailboat to a baseball to the china doll to the piggy bank. "
-Rabbit leaps into Flint Youth Theatre's Charming Tale
by Bridgette M. Redman for EncoreMichigan.com
DEAD MAN'S SHOES
"Amber Marisa Cook's costumes - particularly the versatile clothes worn by Meyer and Hopper to accommodate quick changes - hit the right notes, both in style and palette..."
-Jenn McKee for AnnArbor.com 04/17/2012
"Amber Marisa Cook's costumes -- from Froggy's moth-eaten cavalry uniform (he survived Custer's fated charge at Little Big Horn) to the duster, Stetson and boots that define Bill's badass man in black -- are dusty and tired, just like the characters they cloak."
-John Monaghan for the Detroit Free Press, 03/08/2012
"Costumes by Amber Marisa Cook evoke a period feel without strict authenticity, lavishing attention onto details that reward the up-close advantages of intimate seating, including a particular compelling-reviling accessory."
- Carolyn Hayes for www.roguecritic.com 02/18/2012
COX AND BOX, TRIAL BY JURY, EVENING WIND
"...costume designer Amber Marisa Cook added wonderful designs appropriate for the setting."
-J.D. Goddard for ClevelandClassical.com 08/02/11
--Amber was recently honored to be nominated for the
Zelma H. Weisfeld Costume Design & Technology Award from USITT for her work on the Triple Bill at the Ohio Light Opera in 2011.
HOME: VOICES OF FAMILIES FROM THE MIDWEST
"Costumes by Amber Marisa Cook play with neutrals and accents, sometimes defining a character but just as often letting the vignettes speak for themselves."
- Carolyn Hayes for The Rogue Critic 05/28/10
"The set, costume and property designs were given stylistic cohesion by Amber Marisa Cook."
-"Grape-est of All Time" by Paul Wozniak, City Pulse, July 1, 2009
"Amber Marisa Cook costumes the women exquisitely in period pieces."
-Staring into the Void by Tom Helma, City Pulse, 2009
"Designed by Samantha Bostwick, the lighting throughout the play is fantastic, as are Amber Marisa Cook's costumes."
-"Dread Can Dance" by Mary Cusack, City Pulse, 2008