Jess Goldstein

Professor Adjunct of Design & Resident Costume Designer Yale Repertory Theatre


Jess Goldstein is a Tony Award-winning Costume Designer with a resume that begins with his professional New York debut, designing costumes for Sam Shepard's landmark off-Broadway production of Buried Child in 1978. Other major credits include Jersey Boys (Broadway, West End, and all touring and international companies), the recently opened, critically-acclaimed revival of On The Town, Disney's Newsies, The Merchant Of Venice with Al Pacino, Lincoln Center's Henry IV with Kevin Kline, The Most Happy Fella, Roundabout Theatre Company’s The Apple Tree with Kristin Chenoweth, The Homecoming with Ian McShane, Tintypes, Enchanted April, and Daniel Sullivan's Broadway revival of Julius Caesar starring Denzel Washington.

In 2005 he won the Tony for his designs for The Rivals at The Vivian Beaumont Theater. He has won both the Lortel and Hewes Award for his design for Paula Vogel's The Mineola Twins, and was the 2013 recipient of the Michael Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration. He is the 2015 recipient of the Irene Sharaff Award for Lifetime Achievement in Costume Design.

Equally adept at designing new plays as well as classics, his credits include the original New York productions of Proof, Dinner With Friends, Take Me Out, How I Learned To Drive, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Stuff Happens, Sight Unseen, Corpus Christi, Collected Stories, When She Danced with Elizabeth Ashley, The Columnist with John Lithgow and Mothers And Sons with Tyne Daly, as well as many others.

He has designed operas for all of the major American companies, both from the classic repertoire as well as several new works, including Dead Man Walking (NYC Opera), The End Of The Affair (Houston Grand Opera) and Two Women (San Francisco Opera), and made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera with Jack O'Brien's acclaimed production of Il Trittico.

Jess has also designed for film and television, including Tony Goldwyn's A Walk On The Moon with Viggo Mortensen, Diane Lane and Liev Schreiber; Jon Robin Baitz's The Substance Of Fire with Sarah Jessica Parker and Ron Rifkin; and PBS' Talking With for Great Performances, with Kathy Bates, Frances McDormand and Marcia Gay Harden.

A native New Yorker, Jess graduated from Boston University's School of Fine Arts (Alumni of the Year 2007) and Yale School of Drama, where he has served on the faculty since 1990.