Denitsa Bliznakova

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Head of Costume Design and Technology

School of Theatre, Television, and Film
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, CA, 92182
Office: DA 214

Professor Bliznakova leads the Design and Technology Program in the School of Theatre, Television and Film at San Diego State University. She is a professional costume designer whose work has been seen nation-wide at venues such as:
Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, Boston Court Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Cleveland Playhouse, A Noise Within, Williamstown Theatre Festival among others. Denitsa’s opera credits are: Los Angele Opera (costume designer for Carmen), San Diego Opera (costume designer for Murder in the Cathedral and All is Calm) and Santa Fe Opera (costume assistant for Simon Boccanegra). Costume design and stylist credits for other media include: music videos, short and full-length films.

Denitsa joined the faculty at SDSU’s School of Theatre, TV, and Film in 2007. She teaches courses in Costume Design, Theatre Rendering, Collaborative Studies, co-teaches Period Dress and Décor and other costume related courses offered at the school.

Denitsa’s academic background includes a B.F.A. in Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design in Paris and NYC, and M.F.A. in Theatre from Brandeis University. Denitsa has received Ovation Award nominations for Best Costume Design by LA Stage Alliance and also Henry Award nomination for Outstanding Costume Design by Colorado Theatre Guild. Other honors include: Ruth Morley Costume Design award, USITT Young Designers Forum presenter, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences competition finalist, and two Golden Thimble Awards and Designer of the year nomination at Parsons School of Design. Denitsa is a member of United Scenic Artists local 829 Union, United States Institute for Theatre Technology and Costume Society of America.

Denitsa Bliznakova’s design work may be viewed at

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