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Randy Blades


Associate Professor of Drama/Costume Technology
Department Chair

BA Drama- Jacksonville State University
MFA Costume Design-Penn State

Classes Taught:

Costume Techniques I and II, Introduction to Theater, Stage Management, Stage Make-up, Puppetry

700 Pelham Rd. N
405 Stone Center
Jacksonville, AL 36265
(256) 782-5447
Randy joined the JSU Faculty in 2006, after teaching and managing the costume shop at the University of Central Florida. Prior to moving to Orlando, he was a freelance costumer and designer in Atlanta, and manager of the costume shop for Atlanta Opera. Some of the places he has worked include the Alliance Theatre, the Utah, Illinois and Orlando Shakespeare festivals, and the movies "Drumline" and "Dumb and Dumberer." Randy has also designed costumes for Kennesaw State University, Stage Door Players (Atlanta), The UCF theatre department, Auburn-Montgomery, and the Maples Repertory theatre in Macon, MO.  Randy assumed the role of Department Chair in Fall of 2012.
Recent/upcoming projects:
  • Costume Design of "Blithe Spirit" at JSU
  • Scenic Design "A Tennessee Walk" at JSU
  • Participated in the following Master class at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in March 2013--"Kiltmaking" 

Links and Resources

The following are links that I have found to help me in developing my hybrid courses.

“Hybrid Courses: Obstacles and Solutions for Faculty”:

Read this! It is in plain English and details a lot of pitfalls that await your first attempt at a hybrid course.

A paper by Gordon Hensley of Appalachian State discussing the development of a hybrid Intro course: Found here

Resource library of the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning

Here is a good site for any copyright questions: Often we will use pictures or clips in the classroom without thinking, but online can sometimes be a different matter.

These guides are specific to the JSU set up, but you may find them helpful: I rely heavily on the expertise and experience of our Distance Education Department.

Here is a link to my full handout from "Supplementing Costume Construction Class with Online Techniques" -
Handout at Google Docs

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