Darlene Veenstra

Costume Shop Manager
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Darlene began her career at Hope as a designer for the dance department for Dance 27. She is currently the resident designer for the dance department and is responsible for for all the costumes for faculty dance concerts as well as Hope’s affiliate companies, H2 and Strike Time. She also mentors student designers for student dance concerts and student costume designers looking to expand their work into the dance realm. In 2007 she became the full-time costume shop manager for the theatre, dance and music departments and manages a student shop that makes and alters all the costumes for the productions at Hope College.


In addition to her responsibilities Hope, Darlene has also been the resident designer at Mason Street Warehouse Theater in Saugatuck, where she has designed nearly 35 productions since 2000. She is also the costume designer for the theater program at West Ottawa Public Schools, where she has designed and built over 60 productions for middle and high school productions.


  • Southwestern Michigan College Dowagiac, Michigan
  • School of Nursing


  • Completed numerous seminars at tutu.com (Charlotte North Carolina), including Basic Construction, Embellishments, Men’s Jackets, and Tiaras and Headpieces
  • Superior costume awards at Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Competition at the district, regional and state levels

Outside Hope

Darlene and her husband live on the north side of Holland and enjoy traveling, cooking and spending lots of time with their grown children and adorable grandchildren.



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Darlene Veenstra

Phone Number616.395.7485

DeWitt Center 141 East 12th Street Holland, MI 49423-3607