"Everything around us has the right to be included as part of our culture’s artistic legacy - from tamale making to masonry, from adobe to oil paint."
David Arevalo is a Texas born and based, Mexican, costume designer, maker, and artist. He is compelled to showcase the stories and experiences of communities that have found themselves underserved by the American artistic canon. The transformation and elevation of ideas, objects, and expectations is central to his practice.
Costume Design: Private Lives (2023, Arizona Theatre Company), El Cóndor Mágico (2021, The Civilians R&D), Pinocchio, Rapunzel (2018, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park). Northwestern University: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (2022), Last Stop on Market Street (2021), Eurydice (2019), and Machinal (2019). Associate: Pelléas et Mélisande (2017, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra). Assistant: Quixote Nuevo (2019, Hartford Stage).
He is a first-generation college graduate and holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in Stage Design from Northwestern University. He was the recipient of Northwestern's 2021 Merritt Academic Prize for Collaborative Design.
He is an assistant professor and head of the Costume Technology MFA program at The University of Texas at Austin.