Bobby Brewer-Wallin

Professor of Theatre
Specialty: Costume Designer, Costume Design and Theatre Production

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Contact Information

PLH 001
900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301

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, OR. For their 2019-20 Season, he will be designing costumes for their production Searching for Tiger Lily.


  • MFA, Costume Design, California Institute of the Arts
  • BA, Religious Studies and Art. Lewis and Clark


Willamette University Theatre, Costume Design
  • Moving Forward • Screendance, Artistic Direction by Faith Morrison. 2021.
  • A Bright New Boise, by Samuel D. Hunter. 2021.
  • The Memo, by Václav Havel. 2020.
  • Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again., by Alice Birch. 2020.
  • Fall Dance Concert, Artistic Direction by Faith Morrison. 2019.
  • Men on Boats, by Jaclyn Backhaus. 2019.
More Willamette Costume Design
  • 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
  • Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland, OR. Resident Costume Designer.
  • Looking for Tiger Lily, by Anthony Hudson. Artists Repertory Theatre, 2020.
  • The Revolutionists, by Lauren Gunderson. Artists Repertory Theatre, 2019.
  • A Doll's House, Part 2, by Lucas Hnath. Artists Repertory Theatre, 2019.
More Regional and Local Costume Design
  • Everybody, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Artists Repertory Theatre, 2018.
  • Cop-Out, by John Guare. August Wilson Red Door Project, Portland, OR, 2018.
  • Magellanica (World Premiere), by E. M. Lewis, Artists Repertory Theatre, 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.
Willamette University


M. Lee Pelton Theatre
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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