Theater | Education | Costume Design
Gerilyn Tandberg is the woman behind the mask—literally. A costume designer and theater educator with more than four decades of experience, she is passionate about making sure actors and actresses look and feel their part before the curtain rises. Her combination of interests and knowledge, particularly history and theater, enabled her to ensure that the garments she selected were accurate and made her an invaluable asset behind the scenes. Although Dr. Tandberg has since retired, she is noted for her time as a costume designer and historian for the theater department at Louisiana State University between 1973 and 2009, and as an assistant professor at Minot State University between 1966 and 1973. She is proud that her work allowed generations of young performers to shine.
In addition to her academic pursuits, Dr. Tandberg loved being active in her community and field, and made every effort to connect with her peers. Over the years, she has lent her talents to more than 100 plays, musicals and operas. She spent three years as the vice president and board member of the Costume Society of America, for which she also served as the board director and co-chair of the Region 6 Conference, and four years as the state chair for the American College Theatre Festival through the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Further, Dr. Tandberg was a costume consultant for a variety of films between 1975 and 2000, and was a reviewer for “Dress: The Journal of the Costume Society of America,” between 1991 and 2003. From 1980 to 2006, she garnered experience as a public relations officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.