Megan Baker is the Programme Director for the BA (Hons) and MA/MFA courses in Performance Costume at ECA.
A practitioner herself, she has been designing costumes nationally and internationally for over 20 years, including shows for London’s West End. Megan has also supervised the costumes for over 50 productions including two Mike Leigh shows and the inaugural production of Henry V with Jenny Tiramani and Mark Rylance at the Globe theatre, recreating authentic Elizabethan clothing using hand techniques from surviving inventories.
Research activities: Costume Designer
Megan’s recent costume design work was for ‘Union’ a world premiere staged at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in 2014. The play was about the original 1707 Union of Scotland and England and took real history and historical characters and events but approached them with a freedom that was playful, anachronistic and had an epic sweep through time and place taking on politicians, royalty and bankers.
She designed the costumes to reflect the need for an audience to trust the historical truth and arguments of the piece but to get away from a literal accuracy using colour and texture to give each its own sensual definition from bawdy taverns and the Scottish parliament to the court of Queen Anne. Using contemporary references alongside period cuts to create a visual dialogue between the period of the play and the audience who were watching it. She designed the costumes for ‘ Guid Sisters’ by Michael Tremblay in 2012-13 for the National theatre of Scotland at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and Kings Theatre Glasgow in collaborating with set designer Francis O Connor and director Serge Denoncourt, this time the costumes were a heightened medley of 60 prints and colour for 15 female actors. ANA which had its world premiere in Montreal Canada and then toured Scotland in 2011-2012. The play was truly collaborative between two countries, two writers, two producers, two languages, a mix of Quebecois and Scottish actors with a combined creative team, the costumes spanned 600 years across four countries and cultures.
Megan teaches Design at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level on ECA's Performance Costume course. Megan is also currently external examiner at Wimbledon, University of the Arts for the BA (Hons) courses in Costume Design and Costume Interpretation and at Nottingham Trent University for the BA (Hons) course in Costume Design and Making.