Costume designer Olivera Gajic was born and raised in Serbia. She began her career designing costumes for Serbian theater and television after studying at Belgrade’s Academy of Fine Arts. In 1999, Gajic moved to the U.S., where she received a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design. She has been living and working there ever since. A resident designer at the Berkshire Theatre Festival for the past 14 summers, she designs regularly for Trinity Repertory Company; the Juilliard School; Company XIV; numerous New York and regional theatres; and Chekhov at Lake Lucille, with director Brian Mertes.
Her work includes: The Long Christmas Dinner (American Symphony Orchestra); God’s Ear (Vineyard Theatre); The Americans and The Greeks (The Juilliard School Drama Division); A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Le Comte Ory (The Juilliard School Opera Division); Terrible Things (P.S.122, NY); Red Fly/Blue Bottle (Here Arts Center, NY); This Was the End (The Chocolate Factory, NY); Chekhov Lizardbrain, Twelfth Night (Pig Iron); Ivanov, Uncle Vanya, Platonov, Seagull (Lake Lucille); The Necklace, New Island Archipelago, The Peripherals (Talking Band); Wonderland (The Flying Machine); Miss Julie (Rattlestick); One Million Butterflies (Primary Stages). Her regional work includes: Arden Theatre Company; Berkshire Theatre Festival; Long Wharf; Trinity Repertory Company; Two Rivers; Riverside Theatre; Playmakers Repertory Company; California Shakespeare Theatre; Shakespeare Santa Cruz; Theatre Works; American Stage, among others.
Olivera’s work has been shown at exhibitions including the U.S. national exhibit at the 2004 & 2007 Prague Quadrennial and Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance (Lincoln Center). Olivera is a recipient of the 2004 NEA/TCG CDP for Designers, 2010 IT Award for Outstanding Costume Design, 2010 TDF/Irene Sharaff Young Master Award, 2012 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Costume Design. She recently received the 2014 Bessie Award Recipient for Outstanding Visual Design.