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Helen Huang

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Professor, Dance/Theatre Design and Production

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2753 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
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Research Expertise

Costume Design

Helen Huang, Professor of Costume Design, is an award-winning costume designer who has worked in theatres throughout the DC area, across the country, and abroad.

Helen's new book, Elizabethan Costume Design and Construction: (The Focal Press Costume Topics Series) is available on

Helen's design work was chosen for exhibit at the A. A. Bakhrushin Museum in Moscow, Russia.

Take Ten is an interview with Professor Huang published in theatreWashington. Click here to read.

Professor Huang was featured by the 2016 Oregon Shakespeare Festival for her costume design work on The Winter's Tale, directed by Desdemona Chiang and presented from an Asian/Asian-American perspective. See videos: Envisioning Sicilia & Bohemia and Humor, Poetry & Magic in the Designs of Helen Huang.

Design Credits:

MD/DC AREA: The Washington Ballet, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, The Studio Theatre, Folger Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Roundhouse Theatre, Signature Theatre, Arena Stage, Olney Theatre

REGIONAL: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Guthrie Theatre, George Street Playhouse, The Classic Stage Company New York, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, The Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, Syracuse Stage, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Wilma Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Playmakers Repertory Theatre, The Arden Theatre, Disney Creative Entertainment, Boston Lyric Opera.

INTERNATIONAL: National Opera House of China, and the Central Television of China.


Helen Hayes Award and Ivey Award. Other credits: Costume design works in Exhibition “Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance,” New York Public Library, Lincoln Center; and the Prague Quadrennial. Teaching: professor of MFA Costume Design Program, University of Maryland, College Park.  This work has chosen for the international exhibit  Costume at the Turn of the Century at the A. A. Bakhrushin Museum in Moscow, Russia June/July 2015.


Elizabethan Costume Design and Construction: (The Focal Press Costume Topics Series) 2015.  Character Sketch: A Drawing Course for Costume Designers 2017

Areas of Specialization/Interest

Costume Design, Scenic design, Painting, Drawing and Photography.


M.F.A. in Set and Costume Design from the University of Missouri, Kansas City; B.F.A. in Set Design from Central Academy of Drama, Beijing, China.

Professional Affiliations:

United Scenic Artists Local 829