Deborah Bell


Theatre - Costume Design

203 Taylor Theatre



Deborah Bell, a professor at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has designed costumes for musicals, opera, and theatre productions for over three decades. Her off-campus designs have been seen at Twin City Stage, Triad Stage, Seaside Music Theatre, University of Alabama-Birmingham, TheatreFest, Western Stage, and Colorado Shakespeare Festival. A member of United Scenic Artists since 1978, she has exhibited in Italy, Czech Republic, and several cities in the United States. She has also lectured at universities in Korea, Japan, Italy, and the United States and served as Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professor in 2003.

She received ACTF's 2005 Faculty Recognition Award, the Southeast USITT Founders' Award for Outstanding Educator in 1998, a USITT-Southeast Faculty Costume Design Award for Death and the King's Horseman, and the 2006 Herbert D. Greggs Award for her article, The Mask Maker's Magic. Her book, Mask Makers and Their Craft: An Illustrated Worldwide Study (McFarland, 2010), is the culmination of interviews with mask makers in Mexico, Trinidad, Brazil, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Bali, Sweden, Italy, Nigeria, Malawi, and both coasts of the United States. Currently she is editing a book on masquerade which is due for publication in 2014.