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Jessica Gaffney

Jessica Gaffney

Program Chair, Arts & Humanities, Theater Department: Arts & Humanities Humanities/Arts Center (WA) 3017
Wilmington Campus
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Jessica Gaffney, Program Chair of Theater, earned her Master of Fine Arts in costume and scenery design at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at the University at Albany. Ms. Gaffney has designed costumes for over seventy-five theatrical productions Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and for Regional Theatre companies along the eastern seaboard. In addition to theatre projects, she has designed costumes and scenery for several award-winning film and video projects. Ms. Gaffney sits on the Board of the North Carolina Associate of Fine Arts Association and is a member of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, serving on a scholarship selection committee and presenting each year at their annual conference.


  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Theatre, University of Albany
  • Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A), Costume Design, New York University-Tisch School of the Arts

Awards and Publications

  • Wilma Woman to Watch Award Finalist in the Category of Education 2019
  • YWCA Women of Achievement Nominee in the Category of Education 2020


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