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Arthur Oliver
Costume Designer for Theatre and Opera

Arthur Oliver has been a costume designer since 1991, beginning with his first professional production at the award winning Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. Since then he has worked extensively as a freelance designer with forays into all manner of stage work. Opera, ballet, theatre and movement based theatre have featured his designs. Broadway, Off-Broadway, television and short films have also featured his design work.

He has developed a career in academia, with his most notable achievement being the co-creator of a Graduate/MFA program in Costume Design for flagship university Louisiana State Univeristy (2007). In addition he has taught and guest designed for many other institutes of higher learning, NYU/Tisch and Emerson College among them. Currently he serves as an academic advisor to Mt. Ida College, School of Fashion, located just outside of Boston, MA.

Mr. Oliver has been published in numerous books beginning with an essay on costume design for Shakespeare Festivals Around the World (Ex Libris, 2005).

His core belief in design is that good stagecraft is the result of and the exchange of creative ideas from every person involved in the creation of an artistic production. By working in a collaborative manner his costumes facilitate the work of the performer as their discovery of character develops through the rehearsal process. His goal is to illustrate the vision of the director as well as compliment the artistry of his fellow designers. The outcome of designing from this unique perspective results in costumes that serve many: performer, director, fellow designers and the audience. His costumes have been said to play an integral part in propelling and telling the story as much as the text, movement or direction.