Terry Gordon

Adjunct Lecturer


Terry Gordon is a faculty member at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. She is a professional costume designer who teaches costume design for TV and film for the School. Outside of the USC faculty, she serves as secretary to the executive board of the Costume Design Guild IA 892, has maintained membership in the Motion Picture Costumers Union IA 705 since 1980 and is currently serving as the costume peer group governor for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

She has designed a variety of TV sitcoms and garnered four Emmy nominations for her work on the hit TV show The Nanny. Her other design work includes CMTs Working Class, FOX’s Romantically Challenged and The Winner, as well as a variety of pilots for Warner Bros and Fox.

As the personal designer for Reba McEntire, her work was featured in a recent retrospective at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame, and she continues to design for  McEntire’s tours and events. Her past TV designs for Reba were seen on the TV sitcom, Malibu Country and she supervised costumes for the Reba television show. Her additional costume supervisor work includes Happily Divorced with Fran Drescher, and the shows Faking It and Two Guys and a Girl. A recent period short film project won the Ron Howard Kodak/Imagine Award and she was pleased to design period costumes for Lady Windemere’s Fan at USC.

Gordon received her MFA in Costume Design from Carnegie Mellon University’s renown Drama Program and her BA in Theater from Slippery Rock State University. Following graduation, she created and taught the costume design program for three years at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. As well as teaching costume design, history and stage makeup, her duties included designing all of the theatre program’s productions.


MFA, Carnegie Mellon University
BA, Slippery Rock State University