I am Sanja 

 costume designer

from Serbia

living and working in US.

Sanja Manakoski is a Chicago based costume designer. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Costume and Fashion Design from University of Applied Arts and Design in Belgrade, and her Master of Fine Arts in Stage Design from Northwestern University. She is one of the creators of the fashion label KLASA which received numerous awards on the fashion runaway in Belgrade. Sanja’s costume design for the musical Hair received the ULUPUDS award for Outstanding Costume Design, and were exhibited in the Prague Quadrennial 2015. Sanja teaches costume and make-up design at Northwestern University.

Previous designs include:

Sagittarius Ponderosa (directed by James Fleming) at Redtwist Theatre; The Promised Land (directed by Lane Jackson) Urban Stages, New York City, Romeo and Juliet (directed by Nate Santana) Theatro Vista, Chicago, HAIR directed by Lorenzo Aragon, Western Stage, California; Mother Courage and her Children (directed by Tim Curtis) Oakton Community College, Chicago, Days are Shorter (directed by Iris Sowlat) Pride Films and Plays, Futura: Past Forward (choreographed by Jan Bartoszek) Hedwig Dances, Chicago, Quixote on the Conquest of Self (directed by Claudio Valdes Curi) at Writers Theatre; White (directed by Tasia Jones), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (directed by Matt Hawkins), Middletown  (directed by Sonny Das),

The Great Gatsby (directed by Michael Cotey), Fuente Ovejuna (directed by Susan Bowen) and Danceworks 2017 (choreography by Onye Ozuzu) at Northwestern University.  

Upcoming 2018/2019:

  • The Tempest, directed by Michael Cotey at UWM

  • The One and Only Ivan, directed by Dorothy Milne at Lifeline Theatre

  • The Abuelas, directed by Ricardo Gutiérrez, Teatro Vista at Victoria Gardens Theatre 

  • Doubt: A Parable, directed by John Gawlik, Gift Theatre at Steppenwolf Theatre

  • When She had Wings, directed by Rives Collins, ImagineU at Northwestern University

  • Non Player Character, directed by Beth Wolf at Red Theatre;

  • Othello, directed by Mignon McPherson Stewart at Babes and Blades Theatre;

  • Southern Comfort, directed by David Zak at Pride Films and Plays;

  • Romeo and Juliet, directed by Sebastian Arboleda at Teatro Vista