Thomas John Bernard

Associate Professor,
Mainstage Costume Designer


  • TH225 Costume Construction I (Winter & Spring 2018)
  • TH295 Foundations in Theatrical Design (Spring 2018)
  • TH325 Costume Construction II (Winter & Spring 2018)
  • TH432 Costume Design (Winter 2018)
  • Costume Designer: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
  • Costume Designer: Hookman

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About Tom Bernard

Mr. Bernard received his MFA in Costume Design and Technology from Northern Illinois University and his B.A. in Theater from the University Minnesota-Minneapolis. He has taught both costume design and technology at the University level for the last nineteen years. He has worked for many theaters across the country, including Utah Shakespearean Festival, Little Theater of the Rockies, Central Coast Shakespeare, The Guthrie Theater, The Barn Theater, Phoenix Entertainment's National tour of Gypsy, and Summer Night. He has received national recognition for both his design and technology work from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for designing Something's Afoot and draping Comedy of Errors. Recent work includes: draping – Richard II, Hamlet and The Winter's Tale at Utah Shakespearean Festival; designing – As You Like It, Black Cat Cabaret, and Betty's Summer Vacation for Cal Poly. His research includes historical patterning and recently worked on a project with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; patterning a collection of 17th and 18th century clothing. Mr. Bernard has been a member of United States Institute of Theater Technology (USITT) since 1993 and has served on both regional and national committees and is currently the National Vice Commissioner of design for USITT's Costume Commission.

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