Denitsa Bliznakova, Costume Design
A Bulgarian born costume designer, Denitsa's academic background includes a BFA in Fashion Design at the Parson’s School of Design in Paris and New York and an MFA in Theatre from Brandeis University. She is currently a full professor at San Diego State University where she leads the MFA Costume Design program and is also the Head of the Design and Technology Program.
Denitsa's costume design work has been seen nation-wide at venues such as: Mark Taper Forum, Old Globe Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Cleveland Playhouse, A Noise Within, Boston Court Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, and Williamstown Theatre Festival, among others. Denitsa’s opera credits are: Los Angele Opera (costume designer for Carmen), San Diego Opera (costume designer for Murder in the Cathedral and All is Calm) and Santa Fe Opera (costume assistant for Simon Boccanegra). Costume design and stylist credits for other media include: music videos, short and full-length films.
Denitsa is the Costume Society of America 2020 Costume Designer Award winner for her design work on “They Promised Her the Moon” at the Old Globe Theatre. Denitsa has received two Ovation Award nominations for Best Costume Design by LA Stage Alliance and also Henry Award nomination for Outstanding Costume Design by Colorado Theatre Guild. Other honors include: Ruth Morley Costume Design award, USITT Young Designers Forum presenter, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences competition finalist, and two Golden Thimble Awards and Designer of the year nomination at Parsons School of Design.
Denitsa is a member of United Scenic Artists local 829 Union, United States Institute for Theatre Technology and Costume Society of America.