Theresa (Tessie) Bundick has designed makeup and wardrobe for over 500 commercials and industrials, and for 6 films. Her career was displayed in an exhibit at the Hennepin History Museum in Minneapolis and all of her career papers and photographs are now housed in the Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Library.

Some notable people she has worked with include Former President Barack Obama, Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich, Sara Palin, Garrison Keillor, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, the Everly Brothers, Paul Simon, Al Franken, River Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, James Whitmore, Dougls Fairbanks, Jr., Jose Ferrer, the Coen Brothers, Sydney Pollack, George Stephanopoulos, Paul Wellstone, Rudy Perpich, Hillary Clinton, Lou Eyrich, and many others.

Tessie also has extensive experience with photo shoots. One of her favorite photo jobs is for Bethany House Publishing, where she styles makeup, hair, and wardrobe for book covers of historical novels, almost all of which are set in a period other than our modern one. Additionally, she designed makeup for plays at Augsburg College and Macalester College for many years. Fun fact! She was cast in a Coen Brothers movie, "A Serious Man" which was filmed in Minnesota in 2008 but set in 1967.

She has taught makeup at the University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance Department since 2004.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • B.A.: Acting, Texas Tech University
  • M.A.: Costume Design, Bowling Green State University
  • Ph.D: Philosophy, University of Minnesota


  • Makeup
  • Costume Design