Faculty & Staff

Shane Ballard
Lecturer, Costume Design

Being a theater artist requires more than creativity in one’s chosen art form. It requires creativity every day as a way of life.

Degrees & Accomplishments
2021 Bessie Award Nominee
2015 Emmy Award for Outstanding Costume Design for contributions as part of the costume design team for NBC’s "The Wiz Live"
Topics of Expertise
Costume Concept Artist for theater, television, and film

Shane Ballard is a costume designer and Illustrator for stage and screen. Since 2015 he’s served as resident costume designer for Company SBB. His most recent collaborations with this international dance company include Embarqued, which premiered at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) in 2022, Kolonial, a 2021 Bessie Award-nominated film commissioned by Baryshnikov Arts Center, and Look Who’s Coming To Dinner for Lincoln Center’s Restart Stages performance series. Other costume design credits include Innovative Works; Beyond The Mint (Charlotte Ballet), Both/And (Gibney Dance Company), Hair (Berkshire Theater Group), An Octoroon (Rutgers Theater Company), Madame Infamy (The NY Musical Theater Festival), One Day (3LD Art and Technology Center), and Oliver The Musical (El Museo del Barrio).

Ballard also works as a costume concept illustrator for theater, TV, and film. He was on the design teams for the new cinematic reimagining of The Color Purple The Musical, the Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, the Oscar-nominated film Harriet, Emmy Award-winning TV program The Wiz Live (NBC), and The Gilded Age (HBO). His Broadway credits include: Topdog/Underdog, MJ the Musical, and Motown musical Ain’t Too Proud.