As the costume designer and costumer for the department of human communication and theatre, Jodi designs the costumes for the department's mainstage productions and works closely with Trinity students as they construct her designs in the costume studio. You can see examples of the types of costumes Jodi and her students have created by visiting Jodi's Trinity web page.
Jodi teaches classes in all aspects of costuming and costume design, as well as stage management.
Jodi has worked for many theatres around the country as a costume technician, including the Goodman Theater, Joffrey Ballet Chicago, and the Syracuse Stage. In San Antonio, Jodi has designed costumes for AtticRep, The Cellar Theater, and The Classic Theater.
M.F.A. in Stage Design, Northwestern University
B.A. in Theater, Bemidji State University
Instructor's Resource Manual for Brockett and Ball's The Essential Theatre, 10th ed. Belmont, CA: Thomson Learning, 2009.
Brockett, Oscar G., Margaret Mitchell, and Linda Hardberger. Making the Scene: A History of Stage Design and Technology in Europe and the United States. Seattle: Marquand Books, 2009. (Jodi Karjala served as the picture researcher)
Honors & Awards
Several of Jodi's costume designs have been exhibited at the McNay Museum of Art, and she has received nine Alamo Theatre Arts Council Globe Awards for her design work.
Community service & Involvement
Jodi hosts a sewing/crafts group for the Trinity University Women's Club. Members of the group get together once a week over the lunch hour to sew, knit, crochet, embroider, etc., while enjoying their lunch, tea, cookies, and plenty of conversation.