Theatre alum a good fit for 18th Century tailoring apprenticeship

Michael McCarty in his 18th century trade uniform
Michael McCarty in his 18th century trade uniform

Theatre alumnus Michael McCarty will earn his journeyman papers and continue to practice 18th century tailoring trade after this seven-year apprenticeship. McCarty graduated from Grand Valley in 2011, with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre. Right now McCarty is in the middle of his apprenticeship program. The program is a part of the Trades Department at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. It involves in-depth study and practice of the 18th century tailoring trade. After McCarty receives his papers he will teach his trade skills and continue his knowledge in the field.
“I really love what I am doing. It is a really unusual occupation, and kind of hard to fully understand without seeing me in action,” said McCarty. “It certainly has something of a theatrical bend to it, but it is more like that of an animated lecturer than a monologue.”
McCarty’s work involves attending and presenting at academic conferences along with interacting with the visiting public. In February Michael spent two weeks in England studying museum collection. McCarty’s past professors are very proud of him.

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