Wanda Walden

Wanda is an award winning costume designer, actor, visual artist and writer born in Chicago, raised in Portland and now lives in the Bay area. Wanda’s first production for Artists Rep dates back to 1989 and her most recent production with Artist Rep was We Are Proud to Present. In addition to costuming the play she created a visual exploration of the production. Wanda’s other credits include Vanport Mosaic Festival (Hercules Didn’t Wade in the Water, American Summer Squash, Left Hook and Cottonwood in Flood), PassinArt Theater where she is a resident costumer (Gospel of Love and Kindness, Black Nativity, Smoldering Fires and Tommy J and Sally) and Portland Playhouse (How I Learned What I Learned). Some of Wanda’s favorite plays include The Color Museum, When Will I Dance, Two Trains Running, King Umps, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Sherman: a Jazz Opera, Red Beans and Rice and Simply Heavenly. Wanda has an art studio in Oakland, California, and has been commissioned twice to do the Worship in Pink artwork for breast cancer awareness for the Susan C. Komen for Oregon and SW Washington. Wanda is the Artistic Director of Retrospect Productions, a theatrical modeling company. Wanda is a prolific writer of historical scripts including Soul Shadows, Turn Back and Get Your History, Blues Me, Jazz Me, Rock Me in Rhythm, and Harlem on My Mind.