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, production

Awards and Accomplishments:
USA Commissioner and Vice President for International Activities for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology in organizing the Prague Quadrennial, International Exhibit of Scenography, 2007. 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 displays, 1999, 2003, 2007. Richard A. Bray Faculty Fellow for outstanding contribution to scholarship, teaching and service, UO, 1999. Fulbright Study Tour of Thailand and Cambodia, Asian Pacific Studies, 1999.

Upcoming book: Beijing Opera Costumes: the Communication of Character and Culture through Costume in Traditional Jingu. Expected publication in 2008.

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

“The Symbolism of Surface Ornamentation in Beijing Opera Costumes.” Theatre Design and Technology, Spring, 2001.

“China.” Theatre Design and Technology, Fall, 1999.

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

Recent Production Credits:
Costume Design: Kafka Parables, University Theatre original production, 2005; Cyrano, Willamette Repertory Theatre, 2006; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, University Theatre, 2006-07 (participating KC/ACTF production)

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