About Me

hr Howard Vincent Kurtz is Professor of Theater at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he teaches costume design, fashion history, pattern making, makeup design, and an introduction to the theater arts for non-majors. Professor Kurtz was honored to receive the George Mason University Outstanding Excellence in Teaching Award, Fenwick Library Fellowship for Research Award, and numerous Outstanding Service awards.

In recognition of his service at George Mason University, and with the support of his colleagues and friends, Howard has endowed a scholarship in his name.  The Howard Vincent Kurtz Theater Endowed Scholarship was established for undergraduate theater students pursuing a concentration in the areas of design and technical theater. 

Mr. Kurtz’s previous work experience includes several years as a draper in New York City, creating costumes for Broadway, Hollywood films, and television. As a member of the professional costume union, Howard has designed costumes at many regional and local theaters in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He was honored to receive the Helen Hayes Outstanding Costume Design Award.

In addition to his academic and professional work, Mr. Kurtz is the Associate Curator of Costumes and Textiles at the Hillwood Museum and Gardens in Washington D.C., the former residence of the Post cereal heiress, Marjorie Merriweather Post.  For the museum, Howard, curated two exhibitions that highlighted the Post family costumes.  He is currently writing a comprehensive book and am accompanying exhibition that chronicles seventy year of fashion from the Marjorie Merriweather Post’s costume collection.

Mr. Kurtz is currently working on several other important research projects, including a study of a Czech American designer in collaboration with the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague and an examination of costume design for the Federal Theater Project of the Works Progress Administration.

Howard is a member of United Scenic Artists Costume Division, the United States Institute of Theater Technology, the Costume Society of America, the Textile Society of America, and the American Association of Museums.