Ronald W. Altman

Costume Coordinator, Lecturer - Costume History, Design, Construction

Office: FAB 101   |    Phone: (308) 865-8919   |    Email:

Ronald W. Altman


Ronald Altman developed his costume design work throughout his twenty-year career as a ballet dancer.  Inspired by the roles he performed with companies including New York Theatre Ballet, Joffrey Concert Group, North Carolina Dance Theatre, St. Louis Ballet, and Marion Ballet, he designed and fabricated costumes for short dance works and full length ballets.  While working at Barbara Matera Ltd. in New York, he helped produce costumes for Broadway musicals including Beauty and the Beast, Sunset Boulevard, Damn Yankees, Carousel, Crazy for You, and A Christmas Carol.  As an independent designer and fabricator, he has created costumes for companies throughout the United States, Japan, and Iceland.  His graduate school research focused on developing a methodology for creating costumes for dances based on works of literature. He holds a Master’s Degree in Dance from The Ohio State University and happily joined the faculty and staff at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in the fall of 2017.

Courses Taught

THEA 120        Introduction to the Theatre
THEA 121        Completing the Look:  The Art of Costuming
THEA 188        Why We Wear Clothes - The History of European Dress
THEA 240        Stage Makeup
THEA 241        Introduction to Costume Technology
THEA 419        Costume Design