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.





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 Awards 2012 London

Favorite Costume-  Glinda WICKED


2011 Lilly Award

Recognizing Extraordinary Contributions To The American Theatre Made By Women


Upcoming Work


King Lear

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Dan Sullivan

Public Theatre Shakespeare in the Park

Recent Work


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


Regular Singing


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



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



By Elfriede Jelinek

Directed by Tea Alagic

The Women's Project



Directed and Written by  Guillermo Calderon

The Public Theatre NY



By Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse & Martin Charnin

Directed by James Lapine

The Palace Theatre Broadway




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