M.F.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Tesia Benson joined the team at BW in 2011 as a lecturer and costume draper. Since returning to the Cleveland area she has had the pleasure of serving as the costume coordinator for Opera Cleveland and has also been associated with Dobama, Cleveland Public Theater, Great Lakes Theater and Cain Park. Recent designs include "Time Stand Still" for Dobama, "Smokey Joe's Cafe" for Cain Park, "The Magic Flute" for Apollo’s Fire and "La Voix Humaine" for Opera Cleveland. She enjoys the creative aspects of children’s productions and has designed "The Emperor’s New Clothes" for Little Vikings Children’s Theater and "James and the Giant Peach" for Cleveland State University. Other local design credits include "Trojan Women," "Midsummer Night’s Dream," "Twelfth Night" and "Into the Woods" for Laurel School and "Rent" and "The Wiz" for Near West Theater. She has previously served as adjunct faculty at Fullerton College in Fullerton, California where she designed five productions including "Pippin" and "Take Me Out." During her time in Calfornia she was also associated with Biola University and designed costumes for their productions of "Carmen" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor." Benson holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Fine Arts in costume design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.