Chelsea Kerl

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Chelsea Kerl
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Chelsea Kerl is a freelance costume designer and teaches Costume Design at Wellesley College and Emerson College.

Chelsea Kerl is a Boston based freelance designer; she received her MFA in Costume Design from Boston University and earned degrees in both Theatre and English from the University of Maryland.  Chelsea is the Costume Advisor and teaches with the Emerson Pre-College Program.  Additionally, she is the costume shop manager, resident costume designer, and costume design professor at Wellesley College and Wellesley Repertory Theatre.  She previously held a staff position in the costume shop of the American Repertory Theatre.  Select recent designs include- Huntington Theatre Company: Witch; Wheelock Family Theatre at BU: Willy WonkaJames and the Giant Peach;  SpeakEasy Stage Company/Front Porch Arts Collective: Pass Over; Company One/American Repertory Theatre: Greater Good; Actors' Shakespeare Project/Lyric Stage Company of Boston: Twelfth Night; Brandeis University: The Tempest, Big Love; and New Repertory Theatre: Straight White Men.


  • Department Performing Arts
  • Since 2021
  • Office Hours
    • Fridays 2:00-4:00, available by appointment


High School, Holmdel High School
B.A., University of Maryland
M.F.A., Boston University

Areas of Expertise

  • Theater