Valérie Thérèse Bart
Costume & Set Design
Valérie Thérèse Bart is a proud self-proclaimed Franco-VietnAmericaine. Born in France to Vietnamese refugee parents, she and her family eventually made their way to the US.
Costume and sometimes scenic designer for theatre, opera and dabbling a bit in film/TV, she hopes to create work that is collaborative, open-minded and truly diverse because she comes from multi-ethnic/multi-cultural backgrounds and sees the world as such. While it is very important to have ethnocentric projects, it is also important for her to have an all-inclusive way of telling stories. She wants to see diversity without having to think about it—not completely white, or all black, or yellow, but layered and mixed, like she is. While there is much work to be done in that department, she is grateful for the opportunities to be part of the conversation.
Costume/scenic design is the perfect way into storytelling—through characters with what they are wearing and why, and the environment they find themselves in. It makes one delve into the psychology and the thought process behind choices. Good designers approach a script as a director and actor would by asking the questions of who/what/when/where/how and why. And it makes complete sense to her that this can combines all of her favorite things: storytelling (comics/RPG books), clothing/expression (fashion design), movement/choreography (dance), mood/theme/score (music).
Upcoming projects include DOLL’S HOUSE PART 2 (Actors Theatre Louisville), VIETGONE (Denver Center). ROCKING HORSE WINNER / VINKENSPORT (Opera Saratoga), LISTEN, WILHELMINA! (costumes/sets, Wolf Trap), an adaptation of Beethoven’s FIDELIO (Heartbeat Opera), YOU ARE HERE (Goodspeed).
Recent projects include the world premiere of Lauren Yee’s THE GREAT LEAP (Denver Center / Seattle Rep), RIGOLETTO (Minnesota Opera), THE INVISIBLE HAND (Cleveland Play House), TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET (Roundabout), The world premiere of Kate Hamill’s VANITY FAIR (Pearl Theatre), an adaptation of Puccini’s BUTTERFLY (Heartbeat Opera).
Past projects include THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS (TFANA, Seattle Rep, Guthrie, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Yale Rep), TWELFTH NIGHT and WHAT YOU WILL (Bedlam, Central Square Theatre), MACBETH (Acting Company), TINA PACKER’S WOMEN OF WILL (costumes/sets, natl/intl tour), SHE, AFTER (costumes/sets, Urban Arias), POP! (sets, Yale Rep).
She earned her BA from University of California, Los Angeles, and her MFA from The School of Drama at Yale University. For more, visit valeriebart.com.
Valérie currently resides in New York with her loving husband Rick and their awesome black cat, HoBart.
projects coming soon!