"Everything around us has the right to be included as part of our culture’s artistic legacy - from tamale making to masonry, from adobe to oil paint."
David Arevalo (he/him/his) is a Texas born, Chicago based, Mexican, costume maker, designer, educator and artist. He is compelled to help tell stories that focus on the lives, experiences, and histories of communities that have found themselves underserved and underrepresented within the American artistic canon. The transformation and elevation of ideas, objects, and expectations is central to his practice.
He has worked as a professional freelance Draper/Tailor at the Santa Fe Opera, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Fulton Theatre, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre, among others. He has taught graduate level courses in Costume Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is creating innovative new undergraduate coursework in design and technology at Northwestern University.
Costume Design work at Northwestern University includes Last Stop on Market Street (2021), Eurydice (2019), and Machinal (2019). Outside of NU: Assistant Costume Designer for Hartford Stage's production of Quixote Nuevo, 2019, Costume Designer for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Pinocchio, Rapunzel), 2018, and Associate Costume Designer for Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's 2017 production of Pelléas et Mélisande.
He is a first generation college graduate and holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently an MFA candidate in Northwestern University’s Stage Design program and was the recipient of Northwestern's 2021 Merritt Academic Prize for Collaborative Design.