J. Theresa Bush

Assistant Professor

J. Theresa Bush is an active member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and is currently Assistant Professor of Costume Design for the University of Southern Mississippi where she teaches Costume Design, Rendering Techniques for Theatrical Designers, and Stage Makeup. 

In addition to her work with the university, J. Theresa is Associate Costume Designer to Toni-Leslie James, Broadway designer and winner of the 2009 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Costume Design.  J. Theresa’s credits as Associate to Mrs. James include Head of Passes directed by Tina Landau for Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Fly directed by Ricardo Khan, co-founder of Crossroads Theatre, for The Florida Studio Theatre and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Familiar directed by Rebecca Taichman for Yale Repertory Theatre, and Bull Durham the Musical directed by Kip Fagan for The Alliance Theatre. 

J. Theresa has designed regionally for The Warehouse Theatre, Central Piedmont Summer Theatre, Virginia Repertory Theatre, Barkesdale Theatre and Theatre IV, and academically for Theatre Sewanee, Theatre VCU, and Center College Drama Department.  Design awards include the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Award for Excellence in Costume Design for Legacy of Light 2011 and the Southeastern Theatre Festival’s Ready to Work Award 2012.   

As a costume technician, J. Theresa served as Costume Shop Manager for Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2012 summer season producing among others the new Broadway musical Far From Heaven, costume designs by Katherine Zuber and The Elephant Man, costume designs by Clint Ramos, both of which moved to Broadway houses following their premiers at WTF.  J. Theresa has created costumes for regional houses from Repertory Theatre of St. Louis to Lexington Children’s Theatre and more.  Following her undergraduate degree, J. Theresa served as Dolly Parton’s personal alterationist out of Nashville, TN.

J. Theresa achieved her M.F.A. in Costume Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and her B.A. in English and Theatre from Sewanee: University of the South, where she later served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Costume Design.