Clinton Graduate’s Team Wins Best Costume Design


Andrej Nawoj, a 2017 graduate of Clinton Central School, was part of a team that designed an award-winning costume in New York City.


Nawoj’s award-winning costume design is on display in the Metropolitan Lobby.

He was one of four Brooklyn College costume design students from the Department of Theater who won the Metropolitan Opera Akhnaten Design Challenge.


According to a story on the Brooklyn College website, the students - Brittani Beresford, Rosie Henderson, Andrej Nawoj, and Anna Splitz - presented their work on a runway in front of approximately 3,000 guests and high-profile or celebrity judges and other notables from the design and theater world.


Their project, which responded to the contest's theme of "duality," was based on a concept that incorporated the Madonna-Whore complex. Judges evaluated the costumes on the materials used, craftsmanship, and response to the duality theme.


“This was an incredible honor and serves to recognize the level of professionalism our students already possess in this field” said Associate Professor Teresa Snider-Stein, head of the costume design program and design producer.


“It takes an enormous amount of skill, talent, research, and hard work to develop a design idea and bring it to life.”


Nawoj has previously worked at the College Light Opera Company in Falmouth, MA. This month he’s working in the Props Department at the Des Moines Metro Opera.


In August he heads to the Portland Stage Company for the 2022-23 season to join their costume department.



The full story is in this week's edition of the newspaper.