Nan Cibula-Jenkins is a Professor of Costume Design at The Theatre School. She earned her M.F.A. in Theatre Design at Yale University and her B.A. in Art History from Syracuse University. She is the recipient of the nationally acclaimed Michael Merritt Award for Design and Collaboration and currently serves on its steering committee. She has designed costumes for over a hundred productions (theatre, feature film, opera, dance and television) both in the U.S. and abroad. Her most recent work has been Pericles at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and The Herd at Steppenwolf Theatre (where she has designed over 19 productions since 1985).
Her designs for "Anthony and Cleopatra" opened the new home of Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier (and for which she received a Spirit of Inquiry Award from DePaul). She has also designed costumes for regional theatre productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, The Public Theatre and Shakespeare in Central Park in New York, Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Hartford Stage Company, Alley Theatre in Houston, American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University, Court Theatre at the University of Chicago, the Kennedy Center and Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. among many others. Her work as appeared on Broadway in four productions. Her area of particular research interest is the design and development of retail clothing in 18th century Paris.