Matthew Pedersen, a costume designer, wearable artist and stylist based in Brooklyn, New York, has returned to Stephens College as a visiting artist for the 2019-20 academic year. He will teach courses in the B.F.A. in Costume Design.

A native of Columbia, Missouri, Pedersen holds an M.F.A. in Costume Design from Florida State University and a B.F.A. from the University of Central Missouri. He has worked with companies including The Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Steppenwolf Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, ESPN and Netflix. In addition, he served as a costume design assistant on Broadway productions including “The Book of Mormon,” “Aladdin,” “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” “Frozen,” “Misery” and “Sylvia.”

This past summer, Pedersen served as the resident costume designer for the Endstation Theatre in Lynchburg, Virginia. He also designed a world premiere opera, "My Undying Love," with the American Chamber Opera in New York City, and was featured in a world exhibit highlighting 200 of the most innovative costume designers of the 21st century from more than 50 countries at Bakhrushin State Historical Museum in Moscow, Russia.

“I am most excited to challenge myself and my students,” Pedersen said of the coming year at Stephens.

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