From: Brooklyn, New York. LA Opera: The Flying Dutchman (1995, debut; 2003); The Grand Duchess (2005); Grendel (2006); Rigoletto (2010, 2018); Così fan tutte (2025)..
Constance Hoffman has designed costumes for opera, dance and theater regionally, internationally and in New York City. Her credits include collaborations with theatre artists such as Mark Lamos, Julie Taymor, Eliot Feld, and Mikhail Baryshnikov, opera directors Robert Carsen, David Alden, Christopher Alden, Keith Warner, and entertainer Bette Midler. Her work has been seen on many stages in New York City, including the Public Theatre, the New Victory Theatre, Second Stage, Theatre for a New Audience, Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Joyce and New York City Opera. On her Broadway debut, she earned a Tony nomination and an Outer Critics Circle Award for her designs for The Green Bird, directed by Julie Taymor.
Hoffman’s collaborations in opera have taken her to the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Paris Opera, the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and The Tokyo Opera Nomori, among others. In the United States, she has designed costumes for the San Francisco Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, LA Opera, the Minnesota Opera, the Portland Opera, the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the Lincoln Center Festival, and she has had a long association with the Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, New York, whose productions have traveled regularly to the New York City Opera. At the New York City Opera, Hoffman’s designs for the critically acclaimed Paul Bunyan, Tosca and Lizzie Borden have been televised in Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts.
Regionally, she has designed in theaters such as the Guthrie, the Hartford Stage, the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC, the Center Stage in Baltimore, the Alley Theatre in Houston, Goodspeed Musicals and the Prince Music Theatre.
In addition to her Tony Nomination and Outer Critics Circle Award for The Green Bird in 2000, Hoffman was honored in 2001 with The Theatre Development Fund’s Irene Sharaff Young Masters Award, and in 2003, 2007 and 2011 with an invitation to exhibit her work in the Prague Quadrennial.
She is currently engaged at the Tisch School of the Arts as an Associate Arts Professor in the Department of Design for Stage and Film, and holds an MFA as an alumna of that program.