Raquel Barreto is a Brazilian-born costume designer for live performance, working in theatre, dance and opera.
Barreto holds an M.F.A. in Costume Design from the University of California, San Diego and a B.A. in Dramatic Art from the University of California, Berkeley. Her teaching and research interests focus on representations of the body onstage, cultural dialogues, sustainable design practices and de-centered and interdisciplinary approaches to costume history.
She has designed extensively across the country for a variety of companies and venues. In five seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, she designed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, The River Bride, Roe, Pericles, The Happiest Song Plays Last and Water by the Spoonful. Other credits include: Julius Caesar (Theatre for a New Audeince - Off-Broadway); The Glass Menagerie, Frankenstein, Watch on the Rhine, Pericles (Guthrie Theater); 1984, The Winter’s Tale, Murder on the Orient Express (Alley Theatre); Quack, Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, Water by the Spoonful (Center Theatre Group); Native Gardens (Pasadena Playhouse and Denver Center for the Performing Arts); Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike (South Coast Repertory); Roe (Arena Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Portland Center Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville); The Underpants (Syracuse Stage, Guild Hall); Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles (The Getty Villa); Glass Menagerie, Uncle Vanya, Romeo and Juliet, Pericles, The Triumph of Love (California Shakespeare Theater). Other collaborations include Cornerstone Theater Company; the Latino Theater Company; Folger Theatre; Odyssey Theatre Ensemble; Magic Theatre; Campo Santo; Cutting Ball Theater; The Joyce Theater; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Jacob’s Pillow and The Broad Stage, among others.
Before joining The University of Texas at Austin faculty, Barreto taught at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television for 12 years and at the University of California, Berkeley for three years. More about Barreto’s work can be found out at www.raquelbarreto.com