“All the world’s a stage … and one man in his time plays many parts.” —Shakespeare
“Throughout my lifetime I have been given an opportunity to play many parts, quite often and on occasion, all at one time.” -HV Kurtz
I have an extensive and diversified career in costumes, which has involved professional design, teaching, and curation. I hold a BFA in Technical Theater with a concentration in Costumes from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Theatre Arts with a dual concentration in Costume Design and Technology from Pennsylvania State University. For several years, I created costumes for Broadway, Hollywood films, and television. I am Professor Emeritus of Theater at George Mason University, where I served as the Resident Costume Designer and Head of the Design Tech program. During that time, I was also Associate Curator of Costumes and Textiles at the Hillwood Museum and Gardens. I am a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829 and have designed costumes at many regional theaters. In recognition of my professional work, I was honored to receive the Helen Hayes Outstanding Costume Design Award in Washington, DC. I am an active member of the United States Institute of Theater Technology and a Fellow of the Costume Society of America.