June Kingsbury is Lipscomb University’s Department of Theatre resident costume designer. She has been costuming Nashville theater productions since 2000. As a theatrical costumer, she has designed shows for Nashville Opera, Nashville Repertory Theatre, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, People’s Branch Theater, Belmont University Theater, Actors Bridge Theatre, and Vanderbilt University Opera. She has also assisted in productions for Nashville Children’s Theatre, and the Nashville Ballet.
Her theatrical costuming has led to opportunities to work on video shoots (for artists like Alan Jackson and Jewel), album cover shoots (Ben Folds: Way to Normal), films (The Identical), magazine cover shoots (Vanity Fair: Nicole Kidman, In Style: Nicole Kidman, Glamour Magazine: Carrie Underwood), TV shows (Nashville Star, Gone Country) and a tour (Taylor Swift: Speak Now Tour).
Her more unusual costume projects have included making a Raggedy Ann dress for Little Jimmy Dickens’ stage doll for the Grand Ole Opry Museum, mummy costumes for two members of the band Here Come the Mummies, and costumes made out of recycled materials for Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
In Nashville Scene’s Best of Nashville 2011 issue, Kingsbury was picked as Best Costume Designer. Kingsbury began working at Lipscomb University as a freelance designer in 2010 with The Glass Menagerie. In 2011, her costume design for Lipscomb’s production of Hairspray: The Musical won her The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Meritorious Achievement Award. Kingsbury is particularly fond of being part of the excitement and discovery which students experience in learning costuming skills.