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Joseph Anderson

Theatre Arts
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Chair, Costume & Makeup Designer

CASSH Fellow

Brief biography

Joe has taught at UWL since the fall of 1991 and served as the Chair of the dept. since 2010. He has designed costumes and makeup for over 140 university productions. He has designed for various theatres, dance companies, television, and film. His work has taken him as far away as Cairo, Egypt. 

Current courses at UWL

Costume Design/History, Stage Makeup, Rendering for the Theatre, Costume Crafts, and Theatre Appreciation.


B.S. Theatre Arts - Minnesota State University at Mankato 1986
MFA - Sceneography: Emphasis in Costume/Makeup Design - University of Minnesota 1991



Joseph Anderson, Theatre Arts, presented "Waisted Efforts: Distorting the Female Form" at UWL's Creative Imperatives on March 2 in La Crosse.

Submitted on: Mar. 9, 2020



Joseph Anderson, Michelle Collyar, Benjamin Golden, Amanda Kolbe, Mary Leonard, Kathryn Link, Kathryn Moran and Megan Morey, all Theatre Arts, presented "Little Women" at Toland Theatre on Feb. 28 in La Crosse. The Department of Theatre Arts produced the musical, Little Women, in the Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts February 28-March 1 & March 5-8, 2020. Theatre faculty included: Mary Leonard (director), Kathryn Moran (musical director), Joseph Anderson (costume designer), Michelle Collyar (costume supervisor), Ben Golden (lighting designer), Megan Morey (scenic designer/technical director), Kathryn Link (scene shop supervisor/assistant technical director), and Amanda Kolbe (props designer/scenic artist).

Submitted on: Mar. 9, 2020



Joseph Anderson, Eric Jorgensen and Amanda Kolbe, all Theatre Arts, presented "Middletown" at the UWL Toland Theatre on Dec. 13, 2019 in La Crosse, WI. Eric Jorgensen directed the UWL performance of Middletown with costume design by Joe Anderson and lighting design by Mandy Kolbe. Performances were held Dec. 6-8 & 12-14, 2019.

Submitted on: Dec. 13, 2019



Joseph Anderson, Benjamin Golden, Amanda Kolbe, Mary Leonard, Kathryn Link and Megan Morey, all Theatre Arts, served as the creative team for the UWL Theatre production of Church and State by Jason Odell Williams. Mary Leonard, director; Joe Anderson , costume/makeup designer; Ben Golden, scenic & lighting designer; Megan Morey, sound designer; Katie Link, technical director; and Mandy Kolbe props designer.

Submitted on: Nov. 7, 2019



Kathleen Hawkes and Lisa Lenarz, both Art; Jonathan Borja, Music; and Joseph Anderson, Mary Leonard and Gregory Parmeter, all Theatre Arts; presented "various workshops in art, music and theatre" at Arts Day 2019 on Monday, Nov. 4 in La Crosse, WI. Faculty from the School of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) presented workshops on stage makeup, photography, graffiti art, musical theatre and stage combat to area high school students who attended the all day Arts Day event at UWL.

Submitted on: Nov. 4, 2019