Sarah Lawrence College is mourning the loss of theatre faculty member Carol Ann Pelletier, who passed away on August 31.
Carol Pelletier came to Sarah Lawrence in 1993; she had an active career in costume design in the New York City area, including work for venues such as La Mama, Theatre for the New City, and Ubu Rep. Carol did human rights work in Japan for four years before coming to Sarah Lawrence; here she found a community where she could bring her passion for exploring issues such as discrimination and justice into her work with students. Carol taught multiple courses in costume design, supervised a spectrum of independent studies and projects, and costumed countless shows on campus. She described her role in supervising students at the costume shop as one of “keeping complete chaos at bay” while multiple productions ran simultaneously.
Legions of students describe Carol as extraordinarily knowledgeable, a fantastic and generous teacher, and as someone who gave far beyond the classroom and made sure that they were familiar with costuming opportunities and resources in New York City. Some years ago she started an informal “support group” for students who stayed in the NYC area beyond graduation. This group grew into a network of people who met monthly with her and shared work opportunities with one another. One student wrote of Carol, “…she really made an effort to teach not only basic techniques, but also how to function as a professional in the field—this is invaluable advice.”
Christine Farrell, Director of the Theatre Program, said, “Carol was the spirit and center of our design program. We will forever honor her work, talent, commitment to her students and dedication to the Sarah Lawrence Theatre Program.”