News: OPERNWELT critic's nomination for the best costume design for the THE GOLDEN COCKEREL, October 2017
Olga Maslova is Russian-American designer and dramaturg. She was born in Ukraine, earned BFA in directing from Kharkov's Academy of Culture, and hitchhiked through post-USSR art and theatre scene in Russia and Ukraine before moving to USA. Since then she designed costumes and sets for many prominent directors and choreographers in USA, South America and Europe. Among them are Bill T Jones and Arnie Zane Company, Dan Sullivan, Christopher Bayes, Daniel Helfgot, Ron Daniels, Pedro Salazar and many others. New York Times hailed her costumes as "stylish", and Boston Globe as "beautiful". Opera News Magazine called her costumes ''spectacular", Backstage hailed Three Sisters attire "authentic", her creativity has been described from "eye popping" to "madly inventive". Recent highlights include costumes for the opera Florencia en el Amazonas at Teatro Colon, Bogota, Colombia, world premiere of a play Long Lost by Pulitzer Prize winning author Donald Margulies, directed by Tony Award winner Dan Sullivan, Kabuki- Elizabethan fusion of Iago's Plot directed by the recipient of the Japanese Order of Sacred Treasure venerable Shozo Sato, costumes for Golden Cockerel, Boris Godunov and Iolanta for NewOperaNYC, costumes for on site production of Verdi's Macbeth performed in the ruins of Panama Viejo, Panama.
Olga co- wrote a libretto for the opera Black Square, with a prominent Russian composer Ilya Demutsky and director Igor Khonyukhov. The world premiere of the on site semi-staged production of the opera took place at Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia, on November 27th, 2018, with the eponymous 1915 painting “Black Square” by Kasimir Malevich being part of the scenery. The workshop of the scenes from the opera was premiered on December 13th 2017 at Tryon Festival Theatre, Urbana, IL.
Olga is an assistant professor of costume design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received BFA with honors in Directing from the State Academy of Culture, Kharkov, Ukraine, MFA in Dramaturgy with honors from Stony Brook University, and MFA in costume and set design from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, where she attended on Hope Scholarship, Irving Goldman Friars Scholarship and Lifetime Learning Scholarship.