Zhang Yu

Costume Designer
Class of 2022



Zhang Yu is a costume designer with professional experience in theater, opera, musical, dance and Chinese traditional opera. Deeply rooted in his diverse background and interest in bridging the gaps between design and fine art, Zhang Yu incorporates various intercultural elements and interdisciplinary techniques in many of his designs on stage. Acknowledging both the designer and artist in himself, he hopes to break new ground and redefine his practice in both the studio and the theater. He wishes that his work can bring the beauty and value that all humanity share.

Zhang Yu has presented his works in the Shanghai Expo 2010, Shanghai Art Biennial 2010, Expo Milan 2015, and 2010 Taipei Kuandu Arts Festival. Zhang Yu is a current candidate in Costume Design in the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University where he has been accorded the honor of being an Elizabeth Schrader Kimberly Fellow. He is the winner of the USITT 2022 Zelma H. Weisfeld Costume Design & Technology Award, and has also won the 2020 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region Two Design Excellence for Costumes Award, and the Annual Award of the China Institute of Stage Design for Best Costume Design in 2012.