Designer, Brandon R. McWilliams holds a BFA in Theatre Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in Costume Design from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. His CMU design credits include The Chairs, Sideshow, the musical, and the internationally acclaimed production of Nathan the Wise with the late Mladen Kiselov. He has designed costumes for the stage regionally for the past fifteen years and is the recipient of the Zelma H. Weisfeld USITT Costume Design Award, two-time recipient of the Elizabeth Shrader Kimberly Award in Costume Design and the Texas Educational Theatre Association's Founder's Scholarship in Design.
Brandon has also worked for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) as Executive Associate to former President & CEO Sandra Gibson, as well as the Development Manager for the national service organization. While at Arts Presenters, Brandon worked on the development of Gateway to the Americas/Puertas de las Americas, a program partnering with Cultural Contact (US-Mexico Fund for Culture) to create new opportunities for Latin America to expand its presence in the realm of international presenting. He also had a hand in the creation of the Cultural Exchange Fund, a travel grant program assisting in the early stages of international collaborations between artists, presenters and artist managers.
Brandon's work in theatrical design has been on display at the Prague Quadrennial '07, hailed as the Olympics of theatrical design, as well as at the Carnegie Mellon University campus in Qatar. He has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Louisiana State University, and currently heads the costume program at Texas State University.