Promoted to Professor
Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts
A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Joel Ebarb received a bachelor’s degree in English from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and his MFA in theatre from the University of Houston. His research and creative endeavor focuses on costume design for theatre, the history of aesthetics, and puppetry.
Costume design credits include Jean Cocteau Repertory (Off-Broadway); Eclipse Theatre Company and Vittum Theatre (Chicago); Indiana Repertory Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, and ShadowApe Theatre Company (Indianapolis); Boarshead Theatre (Lansing, Michigan); Stages Repertory Theatre (Houston); and 21 seasons with the Texas Shakespeare Festival. International credits include The Court Theatre (Christchurch, New Zealand) and the Chinese production of Avenue Q currently running in Beijing. In addition to costume design, Joel is an accomplished puppeteer, occasional director, sporadic playwright, and novice performer.
He is a former commissioner of the USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology) Costume Commission and serves on the Advisory Board for Eclipse Theatre Company in Chicago. He is also an associate of the OISTAT (International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians: Scenography Commission) Costume Design Group, and has been invited three times to the Czech Republic to attend the Prague Quadrennial as a workshop presenter and exhibitor. He has collaborated on several projects as a guest artist and visiting scholar at Peking University, Beijing.
Joel is a 2011 recipient of the Charles B. Murphy Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching. He was inducted into the Teaching Academy in 2011 and the Book of Great Teachers in 2013. He served as chair of the Department of Theatre from 2011–2015, and is currently the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and International Programs in the College of Liberal Arts.