Susan Hilferty

Arts Professor; Chairperson

B.F.A., Syracuse; M.F.A., Yale. Designs sets and costumes for theatre; costumes for opera, dance, film, and circus. Broadway credits include Wicked (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards); Present Laughter (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award nominations); AnnieSpring Awakening (Tony nomination); Hands On A Hardbody; WonderlandLestat (Tony nomination); August Wilson's Radio Golf and Jitney; AssassinsInto the Woods (Tony and Drama Desk nominations and Hewes Award); Laurie Anderson’s Moby Dick; and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Opera designs include Rigoletto for the Metropolitan Opera; Manon for Berlin Staatsoper and LA Opera. Other designs include Taylor Swift SPEAK NOW World Tour and Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus. In New York City, designs for New York Shakespeare Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, BAM Theatre Company, Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizons, CSC, Roundabout, Circle in the Square. Ballet designs for Eliot Feld, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and Jennifer Muller. Works at Resident Theaters including the Guthrie Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Yale Rep, McCarter Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Indiana Rep, Long Wharf Theatre, Kennedy Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, ACT Seattle, Center Stage, and ACT San Francisco. Internationally, her work has been produced in London, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, Germany, Australia, Austria, Korea and Japan.  Has received many awards for her work including the OBIE for Sustained Excellence in Design, the Michael Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration, Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Set Design (Salomé) and the Ruth Morley Design Award. Recent work includes:  Set and costumes for Yaël Farber’s Salomé (Olivier Stage National Theatre London (NT LIVE); Sam Shepard’s Buried Child (London and New York); Richard Nelson’s three play cycle THE GABRIELS: Election Year in the Life of One Family (Public Theatre, BroadwayHD); MASTER HAROLD”…and the Boys written and directed by Athol Fugard (with whom she has designed and/or co-directed 41 productions across the world); and La Traviata for the Metropolitan Opera).


Costume Design I, Costume Design III


B.F.A., Syracuse
M.F.A., Yale