tif bullard
about me as of...
October 25th, 2016
Hi folks,

It's been forever. I'm still here. Just being creative - as in making another life. I welcomed my son, Zephyr One Bullard on September 16, 2016. He joins big sister, Gossamer True Bullard (1.25.13). Right now, I've got my hands full.

I'm working on creating a project with the working title: Like A Mother.
It is built day by day. Once things get more focused, I will keep you posted as things evolve. Until then, I continue to turn down high profile costume design projects because big time theaters don't support working and tandem breastfeeding mothers - things NEED to change on their end. I can still do my job with a baby who eats from me...not a bottle.

Please mind my updating on the website and once my old brain figures out my old YouTube account to upload projects as they become available.

My solo and collaborative performance work has appeared throughout Chicago at Links Hall (DANCES TO SONGS I HATE, after that, later, then, The DIALogues, FEEDBACK, Detail of Double Escapement, Surround, 1400 of anything, Caption: Decoded, and echo chamber), MCA (The DIALogues curated by Dexter Bullard, and Periphery with Plasticene), Looptopia (Caption: Decoded), Performing Arts Chicago’s PAC/edge Festival (AirTactLight with Brian Torrey Scott and Discarded Landscape with Weather Talking), Rhinoceros Festival (Decline of Ballooning with Brian Torrey Scott, and my own solo performance piece, echo chamber), Chicago Artists Month, Chicago Humanities Festival, Salonathon at Beauty Bar, Sonotheque, Heart of Gold, The Artistic Home, En3my Gallery, The Reconstruction Room, SAIC New Blood Performance Festival, Betty Rymer Gallery, and The Sullivan Galleries, as well as in New York City at the Joyce SoHo for the New Dance Alliance Performance Mix Festival. I am also the curator of the critically successful DANCES TO SONGS I HATE. In 2009, I received my MFA in Performance at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was a recipient of the James Nelson Raymond Fellowship award. I have a BA in Liberal Arts with a focus in Creative Process in Performance Art from DePaul University’s The School for New Learning. I am also the recipient of a 2010 Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, and was a 2009-2010 LinkUP Residency Artist at Links Hall where I premiered my solo work, Detail of Double Escapement.

My costume design aesthetics are grounded in the functional and hyper-naturalistic with attention to details that enhance the conceptual elements of the overall design. My design process is unique in that I create my design in rehearsal, working directly with the actors – looking at the way the body creates shape into character through motion in space. I have costume designed internationally (Reverie for The Second City at Montreal’s Juste Pour Rire festival), on Broadway (Grace), Off-Broadway (Mistakes Were Made at Barrow Street Theatre, and Lady at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), regionally (Sucker Punch and Circle Mirror Transformation at Victory Gardens, The Big Meal for American Theater Company, Gas For Less at Goodman Theatre, Grace at Northlight Theatre), and Off-Loop in Chicago (Odradek for The House Theatre of Chicago, Mistakes Were Made, Hunger & Thirst, and In the Solitude of Cotton Fields at A Red Orchid Theatre (and PAC/edge Festival), Killers for Mary-Arrchie, Will He Bop? Will He Drop? at National Pastime, Florida Styx for Hypatia, Savage/Love for Moving Dock, and Psyche for New Theatre Collective). I have costumed numerous independent films, including the feature film, Oh My Soul that has appeared at Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles, Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, and at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in the Netherlands. I am also a freelance stylist work and have a client list including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Momix Dance Company, Ward and Ames Events for Kohler, Three Arts Club, and DePaul University’s Graduate Showcase. I also design and construct costumes for my solo and collaborative performance work. My costume design work for Gas For Less at Goodman Theatre is featured in a theater design text book demonstrating “hyper-realism” design for the stage.

From 2005 to September 2009, I worked as a teaching artist with the Shanti Foundation for Peace, integrating the practice of non-violence with the arts in public schools.

I enjoy garment construction, knitting, Shibori felting, jewelry making, cross stitch and embroidery. Diagnosed with Celiac in 2009, I live a gluten-free, dairy free, and mostly “allergy free” clean-eating lifestyle. Never willing to compromise taste, I embrace the obstacles that vegan, gluten-free baking and cooking create, and tackle them with extreme creativity.
View video documentation of my performances on |http://www.youtube.com/tifbullard|my YouTube channel.