Nanette Acosta has been designing costumes, building costumes and teaching costuming for over 20 years for theatre, film and television across the country. She is a recent Austin transplant having moved from Seattle. Some Seattle credits include A Single Shard, Elephant and Piggie Are In A Play, Mwindo and The Boy At The Edge of Everything for Seattle Children's Theatre; An Ideal Husband (nominated for a Gregory Award in outstanding costumes), Beams Are Creaking, Moreau, Terra Nova and Joyful Noise for Taproot Theatre; Smokey Joe's Café, The Prince and the Pauper and Miss Saigon for the 5th Avenue Theatre; Great Men of Science Nos. 21 & 22, Hanging Lord Haw Haw, The Empress of Eden and Lauren Weedman's one woman show Amsterdam for Empty Space Theatre; Hamlet for Seattle Shakespeare; and Grease and Babes In Arms for The Village Theatre.
Chicago design credits include award-winning costumes for Northlight Theatre, The Court Theatre, John Cusak's New Criminals, Chicago Shakespeare, Shattered Globe Theatre, Touchstone Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook and Bailiwick Repertory. Film design credits include the independent film The Basket, starring Peter Coyote and Karen Allen.
Acosta has taught at University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia College, Loyola University Chicago, University of Washington and Seattle University.