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David Arevalo

​"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, Queer, Mexican, costume maker, designer, artist, and educator. His work centers personal authenticity and the languages of bodies, materials, and storytelling, and translates these elements into three dimensions. His practice is grounded in collaboration, slow process, and the transformation of ideas, objects, and expectations.

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 Texas at Austin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and created innovative new undergraduate coursework in design and technology at Northwestern University.

Upcoming designs: Selling Kabul - Northlight Theatre, Chicago, IL; Laughs in Spanish - Stages, Houston, TX; Riding the Currents of the Wilding Wind, a theatrical concert -The Magic Theatre, San Francisco. Previous credits: Private Lives - Arizona Theatre Company, Phoenix, AZ; Don’t Let the Pigeon Sing Up Late! - The Kennedy Center and Washington National Opera.

David is an assistant professor and head of the MFA program in Costume Technology at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a first-generation college graduate and holds an MFA in Stage Design from Northwestern University.

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