Joseph F Bella Biography (1940-)
Addresses: Home: 305 W. 18th Street, New York, NY, 10011; Office: Montclair State College, Upper Montclair, NJ, 07043.
In university theatre, Mr. Bella has designed costumes at Pennsylvania StateUniversity, Summer 1962. Catholic University of America, 1962-65, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1965-68, Hunter College, 1970-71, and Montclair State College since 1973. He has taught at Carnegie-Mellon and Hunter and is currently assistant professor in Costume Design at Montclair State College, Upper Montclair. New Jersey.
- designer, writer, teacher
- Birth Details
- August 12, 1940
- Greensburg, Pennsylvania
- Non-theatrical Career
- Pattern maker, Sportswear and Children's Wear for Spartan Industries,1973; designed clothes for Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews for the InauguralGala, Washington, DC, 1965.
- Costume designer, Philosophy in the Boudoir, Off-Broadway, 1969.
- Broadway Debut
- Costume designer, The Waltz of the Toreadors, Circle in the Square, 1973.
- Principal Stage Work
- Costume designer, Olney Theatre productions, including Plays from Bleecker Street, The Visit, Poor Richard, Romulus, Tartuffe, Mother Courage (22 productions in all), Olney, MD, 1963-65, 1967; costume designer, Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival productions: Twelfth Night, The Winter's Tale,Love's Labours Lost, She Stoops to Conquer, Romeo and Juliet, The Importance of Being Earnest, King Lear, 1966-67; assistant costume designer (toRouben Ter-Arutunian), The Devels of Loudon, Santa Fe Opera, 1969; costume designer, Baltimore Opera Company productions: Manon Lescaut, Tosca,Don Pasquale, Faust, Otello, Manon, The Barber of Seville, Madama Butterfly,Rigoletto, 1969-72; costume designer, Opera Society of Washington productions: La Boheme, Koanga (American premiere), Falstaff (KennedyCenter), 1970-71; costume designer, Fly Blackbird, Workshops for Careers in the Arts, 1970; costume designer, The Philadelphia Drama Guild productions: The Imaginary Invalid, Born Yesterday, The Rivals, Volpone, Tartuffe, Waltz of the Toreadors, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, Juno and the Paycock, The Rose Tattoo, The Taming of the Shrew, 1971-74; costume designer, The Fourposter, Windmill Theater, Dallas, 1972; costume designer, Lake George Opera Festival productions: La Boheme, Carmen, Man of Mancha, AbductionFrom the Seraglio, Tartuffe, Gianni Schicchi, I Pagliacci, The Tales of Hoffman, La Cenerentola, 1970-82; costume designer, Kiss Me, Kate, Minnesota Opera, 1983.
- Major Tours
- Costume, scenery, and lighting designer, King Lear, The Lady's Notfor Burning, National Players, 1969. Built and executed costumes for thefollowing: National Players, 1962-64 tours, including Othello, School forWives, Oedipus Rex, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Twelfth Night; TheOpera Society of Washington, 1964-67 productions: The Marriage of Figaro,Madama Butterfly, Natalia Petrovna, Faust, Werther; The Nutcracker, The National Ballet, Washington, 1964; Santa Fe Opera productions: The Elixir of Love, Der Rosenkavalier, The Bassarids, Jacob's Ladder, 1968; Barbara Matera, Ltd., twelve productions including Promises, Promises, Dear World, Mame, The Fig Leaves are Falling, Zorba, Last of the Mobile Hotshots,all New York productions, 1968-69.
- Film Debut
- Costume designer, The Bride, 1972.
- Executed costumes for The Shepherd's Play, 1967; The Play of Herod, 1969; Pearl Bailey, television special.