Betsy Berenson began her stage career in her teens in pastoral Pennsylvania, working at the Red Barn Theatre with roles in such plays as Plaza Suite, See How they Run, Charlie Brown and Butterflies Are Free. Betsy is proud to be a member of Pacific Resident Theater and her credits there included a featured role in the acclaimed production of Jamie Baker’s South Central Rain and an adaptation of Dorothy Parker’s Here We Are.
For the 2015 feature film WILD PRAIRIE ROSE, Betsy divided her time in front of and behind the camera. She was the costume designer and played a featured role of Florence in the film. She is currently co-producing an untitled independent film with WPR’s acclaimed director Deborah LaVine. Wild Prairie Rose has 14 laurels from various film festivals, including the Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award at Heartland, and has won Best Feature at six different festivals.
Betsy has been designing and building costumes for over 35 years. With a BFA in Theatre Design from West Virginia University, Betsy worked for several years as a dresser and seamstress at the prestigious South Coast Repertory for Mainstage productions of Amadeus, The Seagull, Saint Joan, The Gigli Concert, Galileo, The Debutante Ball and many others, sometimes working singlehandedly as dresser/quick change artist for casts of over 30 actors. After her daughter was born, she designed and dressed many children’s theater productions for Rainbow Kids in Los Angeles, including Fiddler on the Roof, Hello Dolly, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It.
Betsy currently works at Wildwood School, where she has co-designed stage productions of Pride and Prejudice, It’s a Wonderful Life and Les Miserables.