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Constance Hoffman

Costume designer

Biography

American costume designer Constance Hoffman made her Royal Opera debut in 2009 on Der fliegende Holländer, directed by Tim Albery.

Hoffman studied at the University of California and the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. She works regularly with opera directors Keith Warner (Andrea Chénier for Bregenz Festival, The Cunning Little Vixen for Portland Opera), David Alden (Deidamia and Ercole amante for Netherlands Opera, Queen of Spades for Bavarian State Opera, Der Schätzgraber in Frankfurt, Salome in Lithuania, Pelléas et Mélisande in St Louis), Christopher Alden (Les Contes d'Hoffmann in Santa Fe, La traviata in Tel Aviv) and Robert Carsen (L'incoronazione di Poppea for the Glyndebourne Festival and in Vienna, Tannhäuser for Paris Opéra and in Tokyo). She regularly designs for Glimmerglass Festival and for opera companies around the USA.

Hoffman’s theatre designs include work for many New York theatres, including the Roundabout Theatre Company, Public Theater, Second Stage Theatre, Theatre for a New Audience, on Broadway, and in theatres around the USA, working with such directors as Mark Lamos, Julie Taymor and Eliot Feld. Her awards include the 2000 Outer Critics’ Circle Award for The Green Bird and the 2001 Irene Sharaff Young Master Award. She teaches at the Tisch School of the Arts as an Associate Arts Professor and in 2009 won the David Payne Carter Award for Excellence in Teaching.