Kerry Bechtel

Notable Achievements

Associate Professor of Theatre Kerry Bechtel  has been acting as the associate costume designer alongside Costume Designer Jonathan Knipscher  ’03 at Central City Opera, in Central City, CO. The production of Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd  is making its Colorado regional premiere. The opera follows the original Herman Melville novella about a young sailor on a British warship in the late 18th century; it features a cast of nearly 60 men and boys as well as realistic period costumes ranging from Royal Navy uniforms to sailors and civilians.

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Expertise

Costume Design, Costume History, Makeup Design

Kerry has been designing costumes for nearly twenty years. In addition to teaching at Southwestern, she works with regional theatre companies such as the Saint Louis MUNY, Kansas City Repertory, Kansas City Ballet, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Rainbow Company Youth Theatre, Zilker Theatre Productions and The Alpine Theatre Project. In addition to designing costumes and teaching, Kerry also works as a makeup artist for film and television.

She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada and an MFA in Costume Design and Technology from UMKC in Kansas City, Missouri.

She is affiliated with the United Scenic Artists (USA Local 829), USITT, and ATHE. 

  • Kerry has been designing costumes for nearly twenty years. In addition to teaching at Southwestern, she works with regional theatre companies such as the Saint Louis MUNY, Kansas City Repertory, Kansas City Ballet, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Rainbow Company Youth Theatre, Zilker Theatre Productions and The Alpine Theatre Project. In addition to designing costumes and teaching, Kerry also works as a makeup artist for film and television.

    She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada and an MFA in Costume Design and Technology from UMKC in Kansas City, Missouri.

    She is affiliated with the United Scenic Artists (USA Local 829), USITT, and ATHE.