Jenifer Sarver

Wardrobe Supervisor

THIS SEASON: Wardrobe Supervisor

BIO: Jenifer Sarver was the first American to be hired as soloist of the ballet at the Teatr Wielki in Lodz, Poland. She also performed with three other state ballet companies in Poland; was a member of the National Ballet of Slovenia, as well as several companies in Ireland and the US. She has toured Ireland, Eastern Europe, China and the western US extensively. She has performed the complete classical ballet repertoire, as well as a plethora of operas, operettas, musicals and “straight” plays. Her favourite roles include the title role of Giselle, Clara/Grand Pas de Deux (The Nutcracker), Lise (La Fille mal gardée) and Medora (Le Corsair); as well as any of the Kálmán operettas.

Following her performance career, Ms. Sarver has held roles as a full time assistant professor, artistic director (for both private companies and ensembles attached to national theaters). Ms. Sarver has choreographed, restaged and designed innumerable works; ranging from a lavish and entirely new production of The Nutcracker, to a simple cri du coeur, Die Gedanken Sind Frei. She has worked extensively in conflict and post conflict nations, including eastern Croatia, Bosnia and most recently, the Polish/Ukrainian border. A widely published writer and dance critic, her research agenda is broad—ranging from the subliminal messaging of Soviet costumes in the 1930s; to mid-century psychiatric practices and their effect on indigent, ESL patients, notably ballerina Olga Spessivtseva.

Ms. Sarver began designing and constructing her own costumes at the age of fourteen out of frustration at the poor quality of costumes available commercially. Lucky though she has been to have many mentors; it was her early teacher, Harvey Hysell, who first shaped her aesthetic eye. Guiding her sense of color, design, proportion and above all else—quality—he also infused her with the ability to always stand by her own vision and to always work for the ideal; but to never, ever stop learning.

When not working, Ms. Sarver is happiest swimming in, or staring at, the Adriatic Sea. She also adores spoiling any animal she meets, particularly her feline sons: Rodger McFarlane and Hans Litten.

EDUCATION: MFA from University of Utah; BA from Butler University; Additional Training from Gaiety School, Ireland’s National School of Theater