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Danielle Preston is a Washington DC based costume designer working in theater and opera. She has been so grateful for the opportunity to explore characters through the vehicle of clothing and while creating a focus on the human experience.

Recent designs at Barrington Stage Company, Studio Theatre, Spooky Action Theater, Signature Theatre, Children's Theatre Company, Olney Theatre Center, Berkshire Theater Group, Hangar Theater, Theater J, & Chicago Opera Theater.

Danielle holds a M.F.A. in Costume Design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Danielle received the 2022 OPERA America Tobin Director-Designer Prize, the 2015 Kenan Costume Fellow for the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts,  and the 2013 A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute Fellowship in Costume Design.  Danielle received a Helen Hayes nomination for Costume Design in 2024 for Agreste (Drylands) at Spooky Action Theater. 

Danielle was listed on DC Metro Theater Arts 2023 Staff Favorites: Outstanding Creative Components for her design for Man Covets Bird and The Till Trilogy DC Metro Theater Arts 2018 Staff Favorites: Outstanding Design Elements for her design for Long Way Down at the Kennedy Center.


United Scenic Artists Local 829, Costume Society of America, and The Costume Society UK, OPERA America


2024 Helen Hayes Nomination in Costume Design- Agreste (Drylands) 

2022 Opera America Tobin Director/Designer Prize

2015 Kenan Costume Fellow for the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts

2013 A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute Fellowship in Costume Design



  • ​February 2024- Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, The Sensational Sea Mink-ettes, Director: Taylor Reynolds

  • March 2024- Signature Theatre, Penelope, Director: Eva Steinmetz

  • March 2024- Studio Theatre, At The Wedding, Director: Tom Story

  • June 2024- Round House Theatre, Topdog | Underdog, Director: Jamil Jude

  • June 2024- Olney Theatre Center, Long Way Down, Director: Ken-Matt Martin

  • July 2024- Des Moines Metro Center, American Apollo, Director: Shaun Patrick Tubbs


IG: @danielleprestondesign

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