Bobby Brewer-Wallin, Professor of Theatre, designs costumes for theatre, dance, television, and film. With an MFA in costume design from CalArts, he joined the Theatre Department faculty in 2000. In addition to designing costumes for all main stage productions, he teaches courses in costume design, costume history, the thesis course for theatre majors with an emphasis in solo performance, and two first-year seminars: Walking, Knowing, Making: A peripatetic exploration of place; and Ball Caps to Ball Gowns: Clothing + memory as embodied thought.
Bobby has a great love for Shakespeare, having designed Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry V, Taming of the Shrew, Merchant of Venice, Merry Wives of Windsor, Love's Labors Lost, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, and Macbeth. Recent productions include Richard III and King Lear at Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. He also has a passion for new work and has helped develop texts, design, and produce premiers for Magellanica (E.M. Lewis @ Artists Repertory Theatre), The Snowstorm (Eric Nordin with Many Hats Collaboration @ CoHo Theatre), Ithaka (Andrea Stolowitz @ Artists Repertory Theatre), From A Dream to A Dream (Hand2Mouth Theatre and Stacja Szamocin), Flee Circus (The Burglars of Hamm), The Elektra Fugues (Ruth Margraff and Bottom's Dream), and Choke Cherry (Erik Ehn and Bottom's Dream).
During his semester sabbatical in the fall of 2014, Bobby collaborated with Struan Leslie (Head of Movement at the Royal Shakespeare Company) and Lisa-Gaye Dixon (Associate Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) on a new work called My Case is Altered: Tales of a Roaring Girl. The work premiered at Willamette University Theatre in October 2015.
Bobby is a Resident Artist at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland. In the 2018-19 season, he will design Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Doll’s House Part 2 by Lucas Hnath, and The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson.
Willamette University Theatre, Costume Design
- Public Enemy, by Henrik Ibsen (translated by David Harrower). 2019.
- Servant of Two Masters, by Carlo Goldoni. 2019.
- Dead City, by Sheila Callaghan. 2018.
- Wings of Fire (World Premiere), book and lyrics by Haley Green, music by Austin Green. 2018.
- An Inspector Calls, by J. B. Priestley. 2017.
- Macbeth, by William Shakespeare. 2017.
- Lear’s Daughters, by Women's Theatre Group & Elaine Feinstein. 2016
- Perception/Reality: A Dance Concert. 2016.
- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, by Tom Stoppard. 2016.
- Vincent in Brixton, by Nicholas Wright. 2016.
- The Feathered Mantle / The Weaver and The Dress, by Unknown / Judy Halebsky. 2016.
- Evolution: A Dance Concert. 2015.
- Bobrauschenbergamerica, by Charles Mee. 2015.
Regional and Local Theatre, Costume Design
- Cop-Out, by John Guare. August Wilson Red Door Project, Portland, OR, 2018.
- Magellanica (World Premiere), by E. M. Lewis. Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland, OR, 2018.
- The Events, by David Greig. Third Rail Repertory, Portland, OR, 2017.
- You in Midair, by Danna Schaeffer. New Expressive Works, Portland, OR, 2017.
- The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde. Artists Repertory Theatre, 2017.
- Maresfield Gardens, by Susan Coromel. Theatre 33, Salem, OR, 2016.
- A Christmas Carol, by Thomas Nabhan, adapted from the short story by Charles Dickens. Theatre 33, 2016.
- A Civil War Christmas, by Paula Vogel, original score by Daryl Waters. Artists Repertory Theatre, 2016.
- The Miracle Worker, by William Gibson. Artists Repertory Theatre, 2016.