Susan Hilferty has designed over 300 productions from Broadway to the Bay area- and internationally including Japan, London, Australia, Germany and South Africa. Recent designs include Wicked (2004 Tony, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk awards and Olivier nomination), Spring Awakening (Tony nomination) August Wilson’s Radio Golf and Jitney, Lestat (Tony nomination) Assassins, Into the Woods (Tony and Drama Desk nominations; Hewes Award), Manon at LA opera and Berlin Staatsoper, Richard Nelson’s Apple Family Plays, Frank Wildhorn's Wonderland. She works with such well-known directors as Joe Mantello, James Lapine, Michael Mayer, Walter Bobbie, Robert Falls, Tony Kushner, Robert Woodruff, JoAnne Akalaitis, the late Garland Wright, James MacDonald, Bart Sher, Mark Lamos, Frank Galati, Des McAnuff, Christopher Ashley, Emily Mann, David Jones, Marion McClinton, Neil Pepe, Rebecca Taichman, Gregory Boyd, Laurie Anderson, Doug Wright, Carole Rothman, Oskar Eustis, Garry Hynes, Richard Nelson and Athol Fugard (the South African writer with whom she works as set and costume designer and often as co-director since 1980). Hilferty also designs for opera, film, and dance, and chairs the Department of Design for Stage and Film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Hilferty's many awards include an OBIE for Sustained Excellence in Design and the Ruth Morley Design Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women.

 

Awards

2011-2014

ALLLIANCE OF RESIDENT THEATRES/NY  2014

Abe Blinder Award

 

KENNEDY CENTER   World Stages Washington DC 2014

5 X6: Costume Designs for the American Theatre

Exhibit of designs with Susan Hilferty, Geoffrey Holder, Willa Kim,

William Ivey Long, Clint Ramos and Julie Taymor

 

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Signed a deed of gift of an Elphaba costume from WICKED for

permanent Popular Culture collection

 

TheatrePeople.com Awards 2012 London

Favorite Costume-  Glinda WICKED

 

2011 Lilly Award

Recognizing Extraordinary Contributions To The American Theatre Made By Women

 

Upcoming Work

2014

Sticks and Bones

By David Rabe

Directed by Scott Elliot

The New Group at the Pershing Square Signature Center

 

Posterity

By Douglas Wright

Directed by Ddouglas Wright

Atlantic Theatre Company

 

Recent Work

2014

PBS Theatre Close-up Channel 13

The Apple Family Plays: Scenes from Life in the Country (The Public Theater)

That Hopey Changey Thing

Sorry

 Sweet and Sad

Regular Singing 

By Richard Nelson

Directed by Richard Nelson

 

King Lear

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Dan Sullivan

Public Theatre Shakespeare in the Park

 

Stage Kiss

By Sarah Ruhl

Directed by Rebecca Taichman

Playwrights Horizon

 

King Lear

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Arin Arbus

Theatre For A New Audience

 

Second Chance

By Ted Shen

Directed by Jonathan Butterell

Public Theatre

 

Shadow Of A Hummingbird

By Athol Fugard

Directed by Gordon Edelstein

Long Wharf Theatre

2013

Regular Singing

Sorry

Sweet and Sad

That Hopey Changey Thing

By Richard Nelson

Directed by Richard Nelson

Public Theatre

 

Three Kinds of Exile

By John Guare

Directed by Neil Pepe

Atlantic Theatre Company

 

Rigoletto

By Guiseppe Verdi

Directed by Michael Mayer

The Metropolitan Opera

HD Feb 16

 

Hands On A Hardbody

Book by Doug Wright

Lyrics by Amanda Green

Music by Trey Anastasio

Directed by Neil Pepe

Brooks Atkinson Theatre Broadway

 

Jackie

By Elfriede Jelinek

Directed by Tea Alagic

The Women's Project

 

Neva

Directed and Written by  Guillermo Calderon

The Public Theatre NY

 

Annie

By Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse & Martin Charnin

Directed by James Lapine

The Palace Theatre Broadway

 

2012

Sorry

By Richard Nelson

Directed by Richard Nelson

The Public Theatre NY

NY Times 10 Favorites of 2012

 

If There is I Haven’t Found It Yet

By Nick Payne

Directed by Michael Longhurst

Roundabout Theatre- Laura Pels

 

One Slight Hitch

By Lewis Black

Directed by Joe Grifasi

George Street Playhouse

 

Running On Empty

By Lewis Black

Visual Consultant

Richard Rodgers Theatre Broadway

 

The Nightingale

By Steven Sater & Duncan Sheik

Directed by Moises Kaufman

Costume Advisor

La Jolla Playhouse

 

The Train Driver

Written and Directed by Athol Fugard

Signature Theatre NY

 

The Broken Heart

By John Ford

Directed by Selina Cartmell

Theatre for a New Audience

Hewes Award Nominee

 

The Blood Knot

Written and Directed by Athol Fugard

Signature Theatre NY

 

Hands on a Hardbody

Book by Doug Wright

Music by Trey Anastasio

Lyrics by Amanda Green

Directed by Neil Pepe

La Jolla Playhouse