Chrisi Karvonides, VCS Class of 1974

Biddeford High School

Emerson College

Yale University, MFA, Theatre Design

Currently: Fine artist and Emmy Award-winning costume designer for film and television. Work includes “Big Love” and “American Horror Story;” Professor of costume design at UCLA

My time at VCS was key to learning to live with my severe dyslexia. My teachers there were the first to figure out why I was struggling. They helped me progress via project-oriented learning. Art was everywhere at VCS. It was a part of everything we did. It was how I learned best. I remember our production of 1776. My mom and I did the costumes. Lots of sewing!

As a painter I’m very much a part of the art world. I’m a docent for a parent run art program in my community. I do six art projects a year with kindergarten through 8th grade kids.

My siblings and I all went to VCS. We’re 13 months apart and my mother wanted us all to be in school together. My sister is a lawyer in Boston, and my brother works at the Pentagon in DC.

My classmates were some of the most divine, creative, special human beings ever. I miss them all! Every time I run into one of them, it's an amazing experience. Everything about my time at VCS changed my life. It set the pattern for my life ever since. 

Village Community School

272-278 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10014

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