Nanette Acosta


Learn about Nanette Acosta's 20 years of costume design and teaching experience.

Assistant Professor of Practice and Costume Production Director, UT Live Design and Production

Nanette Acosta has been designing costumes, building costumes and teaching costuming for over 20 years for theatre, film and television across the country. She often designs in Seattle where her design credits include The Lamp Is The Moon, A Single Shard, Elephant and Piggie Are In A Play, Mwindo and The Boy At The Edge of Everything for Seattle Children's Theatre; Bright Star, An Ideal Husband (Gregory Award nomination for outstanding costumes), Beams Are Creaking, MoreauJoyful Noise and the regional premiere of The Hello Girls 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; 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 and University of Washington.

What do you enjoy most about being part of UT Theatre and Dance? 

I love how interesting and vibrant our students are! Their energy, creativity and spirit continuously reminds me why I do theatre. 

What is your favorite thing about Austin? 

I love the live music and enjoy it every chance I get.

Anything to do with costume design or production, with a strong interest in Theatre for Young Audiences and gender inclusion and intimacy practices within costume spaces. 

Costume Design Skills, Advanced Production Lab - Costumes

In July 2023, Acosta designed costumes for the regional theatre premiere of The Hello Girls at Taproot Theatre in Seattle, Washington. In January 2022, she designed costumes for See How They Run at Taproot Theatre, Seattle, Washington. Acosta recently designed the costumes for the Seattle premiere of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's musical Bright Star at Taproot Theatre Company and for Citizens At Last, a documentary film about the suffragette movement in Texas. 

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