Susan Hilferty has designed over 300 productions across the globe including the United States, the UK, Canada, Japan, Australia, Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, Malaysia, Spain, Brazil, Germany, and South Africa. Her many Broadway designs include Wicked (Tony, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk awards and Olivier nomination), Hands on a Hardbody, Spring Awakening (Tony nomination) Lestat (Tony nomination), the 2013 revival of Annie, Into the Woods (Tony and Drama Desk nominations; Hewes Award) and Frank Wildhorn's Wonderland. Her designs for opera include Rigoletto for the Metropolitan Opera and Manon at LA Opera and Berlin Staatsoper.  Her designs for New York’s off-Broadway theatres are innumerable and include Richard Nelson’s Apple Family Plays, August Wilson’s Radio Golf and Jitney.

 She works with such well-known directors as Athol Fugard (the South African writer with whom she works as set and costume designer and often as co-director on over 32 productions since 1980), JoAnne Akalaitis, Laurie Anderson, Arin Arbus, Christopher Ashley, Walter Bobbie, Anne Bogart, Gregory Boyd, Jonathan Butterell, Oskar Eustis, Robert Falls, Frank Galati, Garry Hynes, David Jones, Selina Cartmell, Moisés Kaufman, Tony Kushner, Mark Lamos, James Lapine, Michael Longhurst, Richard Nelson, Des McAnuff, Marion McClinton, James MacDonald, Emily Mann, Joe Mantello, Michael Mayer, Neil Pepe, Bart Sher, Rebecca Taichman, Robert Woodruff, Doug Wright, and the late Garland Wright.

 Hilferty also designs for film, dance (Alvin Ailey), the circus (Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey) and concerts (Taylor Swift SPEAK NOW World Tour). Hilferty's many awards include an OBIE for Sustained Excellence in Design, the Lilly Award and the Ruth Morley Design Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women. In addition, she Chairs the Department of Design for Stage and Film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

 

 

 

Recent Awards and Exhibitions

Rodin to Warhol

Spring Awakening designs

McNay Art Museum

San Antonio, Texas 

 

Legendary Costume Designers   Circus Now

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts NYC

 

GETTING THE PICTURE: A CENTURY OF INSPIRATION IN THE

NY PUBLIC LIBRARY  PICTURE COLLECTION 

NY Public Library NYC


COSTUME DESIGN AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY  

A. A. Bakhrushin Museum   Moscow, Russia

 

ALLIANCE OF RESIDENT THEATRES/NY  ART/NY  

Abe Blinder Award

 

KENNEDY CENTER   World Stages Washington DC 

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

 

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

Taylor Swift: Speak Now-Treasures from the World Tour 

Exhibit includes Hilferty designs for Taylor Swift from tour

 

SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY

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

permanent Popular Culture collection

 

TheatrePeople.com Awards  London

Favorite Costume-  Glinda WICKED

 

 Lilly Award

Recognizing Extraordinary Contributions To The American Theatre Made By Women

 

Ruth Morley Design Award League of Professional Theatre Women

 

Upcoming Work

Buried Child

By Sam Shepard

Directed by Scott Elliot

The New Group

 

Familiar

By Danai Gurira

Directed by Rebecca Taichman

Playwrights Horizons

 

Hungry

By Richard Nelson

Directed by Richard Nelson

Public Theatre

Set and Costume Designer (Jason Ardizzone-West Co-Set Designer)

 

Recent Work

Rigoletto

By Giuseppe Verdi

Directed by Michael Mayer

Metropolitan Opera

 

Salomé

Adapted and Directed by Yaël Farber

From the text by Oscar Wilde

Shakespeare Theatre Washington DC

Set and Costume Designer

 

Baby Doll

By Tennessee Williams

Directed by Emily Mann

McCarter Theatre Princeton NJ

 

Mercury Fur

By Philip Ridley

Directed by Scott Elliot

The New Group at the Pershing Square Signature Center

 

Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek

By Athol Fugard

Directed by Athol Fugard

Signature Theatre NY

 

The Spoils

By Jesse Eisenberg

Directed by Scott Elliot

The New Group at the Pershing Square Signature Center

 

The Apple Family Plays: Scenes from Life in the Country 

That Hopey Changey Thing 

Sorry

Sweet and Sad

Regular Singing 

By Richard Nelson

Directed by Richard Nelson

European Tour- Berlin, Brighton, and Vienna 

 

Posterity

By Douglas Wright

Directed by Douglas Wright

Atlantic Theatre Company

 

Sticks and Bones

By David Rabe

Directed by Scott Elliot

The New Group at the Pershing Square Signature Center

 

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

Set and Costume Designer

 

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

 

The Shadow Of The 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

Set and Costume Designer

 

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