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Alexandra Bonds

Costume Designer and Historian
219 Villard Hall

Costume design, costume history, construction techniques.

“My students learn design theory and practice, rendering skills, the cultural context of costume history, patterning and construction. Students who have taken my courses have various jobs in academic and professional theatre, including design, shop management, cutting, stitching, dyeing and wig-making.”

Research Interests:
Asian theatre and costume design

Awards and Accomplishments: 
USA Commissioner and Vice President for International Activities for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, organizing the USA entries for the Prague Quadrennial, International Exhibit of Scenography, 2003, 2007, and 2011. Costume Designs exhibited in World Stage Design, Cardiff, Wales 2013 and in Seoul, South Korea, 2009. Humanities Center Fellowship, Spring 2002. Herb Greggs Merit Award for excellence in writing for the Performing Arts, Theater Design and Technology, 2002. Prague Quadrennial featured costume design displays, 1999, 2003, 2007. Richard A. Bray Faculty Fellow for outstanding contribution to scholarship, teaching and service, UO, 1999.


“The Visual Language of Dress,” in On Stage: The Art of Beijing Opera. Basel: Museum der Kulturen, 2011.

Beijing Opera Costumes: the Communication of Character and Culture through Costume in Traditional Jingu. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2008.

“Surface Design in Jingju Costumes: the Aesthetics and Meanings of Embroidered Imagery in the Beijing Opera” Theatre Design and Technology, Spring, 2001.

“Beijing Opera Costumes ­ discovering the meaning in costumes in traditional jingju.” Theatre Design and Technology, Fall, 1997.

Recent Production Credits:

Costume Design: For University Theatre-The Importance of Being Earnest 2013, Love Will Shake 2012, Rock ‘n’ Roll 2011, Around the World in Eighty Days 2009, A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2006-07 (participating KC/ACTF production); For Willamette Repertory Theatre- Wild Oats 2008, Cyrano 2006.