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Faculty & Staff

Ellen Bredehoft
Interim Chair, Director of Design and Production, Head of Costume Technology

Our job is to be translators. We turn a rendering into wearable clothing that fits. When a two-dimensional design is successfully translated into the three-dimensional garment worn onstage, the reward is worth all the effort.

Degrees & Accomplishments
MFA in Costume Production, Boston University
BFA in Costume Design, University of Idaho
Topics of Expertise
Creating custom costumes for theater and opera
World clothing history and traditions

Ellen Bredehoft is a costume technician who has draped and built for several companies including The Norwegian National Ballet and Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Manhattan School of Music, Gotham Chamber Opera, Red Bull Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Huntington Theatre and The Curtis Institute of Music. Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers University, she served as Costume Director and Lecturer at the University of Wyoming and as Associate Costume Shop Manager at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in New York City. She has also worked as Costume Shop Manager for Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, NY and for Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts. Ms. Bredehoft also has several Costume Design credits in dance and theatre working for Snowy Range Theatre and Dance Festival, Horse Barn Theatre and the University of Wyoming. She is an active member of USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology) where she has participated in several sessions at the annual USITT conference and a member of CSA (Costume Society of America).