"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 and 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 is an assistant professor and head of the MFA Costume Technology program at the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught graduate level courses in Costume Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and created innovative new undergraduate coursework in design and technology at Northwestern University.
Costume Design: Don't Let the Pigeon Sing Up Late! (2023, Washington National Opera), Private Lives (2023, Arizona Theatre Company), El Cóndor Mágico (2021, The Civilians R&D), Pinocchio, Rapunzel (2018, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park). Northwestern University: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (2022), Last Stop on Market Street (2021), Eurydice (2019), and Machinal (2019). Associate: Pelléas et Mélisande (2017, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra). Assistant: Quixote Nuevo (2019, Hartford Stage).
He is a first-generation college graduate and holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in Stage Design from Northwestern University. He was the recipient of Northwestern's 2021 Merritt Academic Prize for Collaborative Design.