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Leon Wiebers

Associate Professor of Costume Design in Theatre Arts, College of Communication and Fine Arts


Associate Professor of Costume Design in Theatre Arts




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Leon Wiebers has designed productions in the United States and internationally. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar to South Korea examining traditional dress. His work encompasses musical theatre, dance, opera, and straight plays. Recent credits: Oslo for the Pioneer Theatre, Dance pieces for BodyTraffic, an LA-based modern company, at the Hollywood Bowl, Empire, a new musical for LaMirada Center for the Performing Arts, The Secret Garden for Cincinnati Playhouse and Center Stage in Baltimore, The Music Man for Glimmerglass Festival and the Royal Opera in Oman and The King and I for the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, and Il Trovatore for the Sacramento Opera. He is a long-term collaborator at California Music Circus whose productions include: A Chorus Line, The Wizard of Oz, Show Boat, Anything Goes, I Do, I Do, Spamalot!, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, 42 Street, My Fair Lady, Gypsy, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me, Kate, Jekyll and Hyde, Aida, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Grease, West Side Story, The Fantasticks and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Other companies include the San Francisco Opera Center, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, the English National Opera, the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, the Getty Museum and Portland Center Stage. Awards include: The Carbonelle Award, Fulbright Research Grant to Korea, Back Stage West Garland and LA Weekly Awards for Three Sisters for Interact Theatre, LA and an LA Ovation Award for Ubu Roi at A Noise Within. He is member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829 and a national board member for the Costume Society of America.


University of California at Los Angeles

M.F.A., Design


University of Washington, Seattle

B.A., Theatre


English & Music Augustana College

Liberal Arts Studies, Theatre

Areas of Expertise

Apparel/AccessoriesMusical TheatreEntertainmentOperaMusic ProductionTheatre ProductionCostume DesignCostume HistoryHistory of DressTraditional Korean CultureDesignKorean Dress

Industry Expertise

  • Education/Learning
  • Research
  • Training and Development
  • Apparel/Accessories
  • Design


Ovation Award | professional

Best Costume Design - Larger Theatre, Ubu Roi,


Backstage West Garland Award | professional

Best Costume Design, Three Sisters


LAWeekly Award | professional

Best Costume Design, Three Sisters



  • Fulbright Research Scholar
  • Glimmerglass Festival
  • Royal Opera
  • California Music Circus
  • Costume Society of America
  • Opera America
  • United Scenic Artists, Local 829
  • United States Institute for Theatre Technology