Caitlin began her career in costume by literally building a theater/dance space, brick by brick, as part of the AS220/Perishable Theater arts complex and their urban re-development plan in Providence, RI. During that time, she was deeply involved with various public art and urban arts installation/performance projects that included the use of film, mural, large scale sculpture, and costume. It was from this platform of highly collaborative, multi-media performance that Caitlin began designing on an international level with directors and performers who fluidly work between the worlds of film, theater, and spectacle.
Ms. Ward is currently designing the newly imagined, Olivier-nominated, London West End production of Pedro Almodovar's 'Women On the Verge,' directed by acclaimed theater and opera director, Bartlett Sher, book written by Jeffrey Lane and composed by David Yazbek, starring Tamsin Greig and Hayden Gwynn.
In addition to the current Almodovar project, Caitlin has worked with Bartlett Sher on over 17 productions, including his extraordinary break-out production of 'Cymbeline' for the Royal Shakespeare Company and TFANA (for which she won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Costume Design, his breathtaking production of Tony Kushner's 'Homebody/Kabul,' and his debut opera direction, 'Mourning Becomes Electra,' (for which Caitlin won the New York City Opera's General Director's Council Award for Artistic Excellence).
Caitlin has worked with three of the greatest American interpreters of the Commedia dell'arte form: director Christopher Bayes, an original member of Theatre de la Jeune Lune and Head of Physical Acting at Yale University; the inimitable Bill Irwin, designing his show, 'Mr. Fox,' featured on 'PBS Great Performances: Bill Irwin, Clown Prince,' and Cirque de Soleil's Master of Ceremonies, Gonzalo Munoz.
Caitlin has a strong interest in devised performance and has designed for Anne Bogart and the SITI Company on their musical, 'Cafe Variations,' setting Chuck Mee's text to Gershwin, and has designed two productions for director/choreographer Marcela Lorca, head of movement at the Guthrie Theater. She began her work with Lincoln Center Festival designing for Chinese director, Chen Shi-Zheng, on Erik Ehn's exquisitely edgy devised musical, 'My Life as a Fairytale,' starring Fiona Shaw and Kunqu opera star, Qian Yi. It was on this project, and subsequent projects with Chen Shi-Zheng, that Caitlin began her work with aerial ballet and opera.
Caitlin has since designed Daniele Zambelli's large-scale aerial ballet and animation installation at the Ferrari Museum in Abu Dhabi, for one of Italy's most respected spectacle design companies, the Simmetrico Network, with Milan-based animation studio, Bonsai Ninja, and Berlin-based aerial choreographers, BattleROYAL.
She was selected as one of two American designers, out of seven international members, to work with the legendary Eiko Ishioka, on her design team for the Opening Ceremonies of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, 'One World, One Dream,' conceived and directed by the great Chinese film director, Zhang Yimou, and televised to over 100 million viewers worldwide. In particular, Caitlin designed the costumes for pianist Lang Lang's featured concert, the Little Girl, the Little Boy, the children, and the high performance runners.
She has continued to design concerts for classical musicians, at Carnegie Hall, the Handel & Haydn Society, and the Juilliard School, as well as designing a music video for singer/songwriter Nina Nastasia, and the award-winning rock-style, classical music video, 'Ghosts & Flowers: The Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia.' She is currently designing and producing a four-part music video for the Neave Trio of Astor Piazzola's, 'Four Seasons of Beunos Aires.'
She has designed for the English National Opera, the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet, the New York City Opera, the Seattle Opera, and the Suzhou Kunqu Opera (Kunqu is a form of classical Chinese opera) in the People's Republic of China.
Through her work in opera, Caitlin was asked to design Myriad Pictures' film, 'Dark Matter,' starring Meryl Streep and Liu Ye (Winner of the Alfred Sloan Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, 2007) directed by Chen Shi-Zheng; and has gone on to work on several film projects, including: Justified Ends, 'Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship,' with director Jeff Kaplan (Winner London Film Festival-Best Feature Film, 2012); and Andrew Shue's film 'Gracie.' She is deeply interested in live action, mixed animation film and designed a highly stylized, children's horror short for Post-Factory founder, Alex Halpern.
Ms. Ward's work has been featured at:
Sundance Film Festival; London International Film Festival; PBS-Great Performances; NBC Live Broadcast of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremonies; London's West End - Playhouse Theater; English National Opera, London; Royal Shakespeare Company, UK; Ferrari Museum, Abu Dhabi; Lithuanian National Opera; Suzhou Kunqu Opera, China; The European Capital of Culture Festival, 2009; SITI Company; Carnegie Hall; Lincoln Center Festival; Spoleto Festival; Public Theater; Brooklyn Academy of Music; New York City Opera; Seattle Opera; Guggenheim Museum; Handel & Haydn Society; Signature Theater; Guthrie Theater; Pioneer Theater; Emerson Majestic; Intiman Theater; The New York Chocolate Show; Portland Stage; AS220; Perishable Theater; Groundwerx Dance; various public art performance projects in Providence, RI, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Paris, France.
Ms. Ward has been a guest lecturer at Princeton University, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, Peabody Museum, New Haven Historical Society, University of Utah, and the Handel & Haydn Society.
Ms. Ward's work has been featured in the:
New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker, Financial Times, Guardian, London Times, American Theater Magazine, NYLON Magazine, and on NBC, PBS, BBC, and the Sundance Channel.
Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Costume Design
General Director's Council Award for Artistic Excellence - New York City Opera
Gregory Awards - Nominee for Outstanding Costume Design
MFA in Costume Design for Stage and Film from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU
BA from Oberlin College (studied at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland for a year)
Completed the Metropolitan Museum of Art's formal Internship Program at the Costume Institute, under Diana Vreeland and Katell Le Bourhis