Howard Tsvi Kaplan

Costume Designer

Howard KaplanHoward Tsvi Kaplan makes his company debut as costume designer for Don Giovanni. Mr. Kaplan just completed his sixteenth season as resident costume designer for  Sarasota Opera, where his designs appeared in that company’s productions of Die Fledermaus, Ariadne Auf Naxos, Attila, May Night, Alzira, The Pearl Fishers, Hansel and Gretel, and La rondine. He is currently engaged in designing their 2014 season which includes Jerusalem, Barber of Seville, and Il trovatore.

His recent endeavors include Man of La Mancha for the Olney Theatre (for which he was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award); Mikado for the Pittsburgh Public Theatre; Tarzan the Musical for the Barter Theatre, Maria Stuarda, Siege of Corinth, La Boheme, and Tosca for the Baltimore Opera; Hay Fever and Born Yesterday for Asolo Theatre for which he received the Sarasota Handy Award for Outstanding Costume Design; Ernani for Opera Boston, Constant Wife and Three Days of  Rain for the Westport Playhouse, both directed by Joanne Woodward;  Cosí fan tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, and Rigoletto (Kentucky Opera), Pirates of Penzance ( built by Malabar Limited for the Cleveland Opera), Sylvia (Cincinnati Playhouse), A Christmas Carol  and the world premiere of Snapshots, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz for Virginia Stage Company, Crash the Curiosaurus (ABC-TV), and A House Divided (Tennessee Repertory).

Mr. Kaplan was the resident designer for the Alley Theatre, where he designed over 25 productions including the American premiere of …Henceforward, written and directed by Alan Ayckborn; the Asolo Theatre where he created the costumes for 22 shows including the world premiere of Horton Foote’s Talking Pictures and the Westport Playhouse with productions including Perfect Wedding, Don’t Dress For Dinner, and Noises Off.

For twelve years Mr. Kaplan was the principal designer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Clown College. His clown renderings are part of the permanent display of circus design and history at The Ringling Museum of Art – Sarasota, Florida; and Circus World Museum– Baraboo, Wisconsin. His  work has toured as part of an exhibit of circus arts to The New Jersey Transit Authority, Ron Lee’s World of Clowns, and museums in New Haven, Seattle, Washington DC, New York City, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Salt Lake City.

Articles about Mr. Kaplan’s work have appeared in Theatre Crafts, American Theatre, Opera News, and The New Yorker Magazine. His renderings are featured in the textbook Costume Design by Barbara and Cletus Anderson, published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston.

For more information, please visit Mr. Kaplan’s website.