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Ashley Bellet

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Assistant Professor (costume design)

Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance

Ashley Bellet joins Purdue as the Assistant Professor of Costume Design in the Department of Theatre in the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance.

She is completing her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Ashley received her MFA in Theatrical Design from The University of Memphis and BAs in Theatre and English from The University of the South at Sewanee, teaching for 10 years at The University of Tulsa and Oklahoma City University before returning to school for her Ph.D. She has also studied at St. John’s College at Oxford and Cobalt Studios in New York.

Bellet is a professional costume designer and crafts artisan and has worked for The Santa Fe Opera, American Players Theatre, Playhouse on the Square, Theatre Memphis, and Oklahoma Repertory Theatre, among others. Her designs and craft work span from opera to drama, musical theatre to children’s theatre, and from commercial to traditional craftwork.

As a designer and technician, her research leans heavily on practice-based methodologies. Combining material culture studies, aesthetic theory, and object theory, she constructs costumes in order to examine the architecture and energy created in the space between the body and the costume. Her most recent project explored the costumes of Sonia Biacchi as liminal art that both creates and binds space and movement. Experimentation with material, space, and the orbit beyond the traditional form is imperative to Bellet’s pedagogical approach for young theatre designers.

She is the Vice President for Commissions for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and presents regularly for The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), The American Alliance for Theatre Education (AATE), USITT, and the Kennedy Center for American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). She serves as the Associate Editor for Education for the journal Theatre Design and Technology (TD&T).