PHOTO: Lauren Mueller

PHOTO: Lauren Mueller

‘If a picture is worth a thousand words, a Blanco costume is worth considerably more.’

- The Drama Desk announcement of the Sam Norkin Award

‘He’s a conceptualist who approaches clothing as adornment, as artifact, as potential signifiers of ambition, anxiety, desire.’

- Alexis Soloski, New York Times Feature Article


Girls by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, director Lileana Blain-Cruz, Yale Rep (October 2019)


Fefu and Her Friends by María Irene Fornés, director Lileana Blain-Cruz, TFANA (November 2019)

Distances co-conceived by Marcella Murray & David Neumann, Abrons Arts Center (January 2020)

Graveyard Shift by Korde Arrington Tuttle, director Danya Taymor, Goodman Theatre (February 2020)

A Boy’s Company Presents: ‘Tell Me If I’m Hurting You’ by Jeremy O. Harris, director Dustin Wills,

Playwrights Horizons (May 2020)

Tuvalu, Or the Saddest Song by Antionette Nwandu, director Danya Taymor Vineyard Theatre (June 2020)

Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel, director Louisa Proske, Glimmerglass Opera Festival (Summer 2020)


Montana is a costume designer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. His grandmother, a lampshade artisan, inspired an early love of fabric, color, and beauty. Montana is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM Oboe Performance), Oberlin College (BA History), Brown University (MA Public Humanities), and the Yale School of Drama (MFA Design). Prior to attending Yale, he was the Robert L. Tobin Curatorial Fellow at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas. 

Off-Broadway: A Strange Loop (Playwrights/Page 73); Fairview & Is God Is (SOHO REP); Ain't No Mo' (Public); Fabulation, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World & In the Blood (Signature); ‘Daddy’ (Vineyard/New Group); The House That Will Not Stand, Red Speedo & Nat Turner (NYTW); Pipeline, Ghost Light & WAR (Lincoln Center); He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box (TFANA); Dragon Spring, Phoenix Rise (The Shed); Eddie & Dave (Atlantic); Orange Julius (Rattlestick/Page 73); The Last Match (Roundabout) & O, Earth (Foundry).

Regional: Lempicka (Williamstown); Angels in America & An Octoroon (Berkeley Repertory); The Bluest Eye (Guthrie); La Rondine (Minnesota Opera); Skylight (McCarter); Measure for Measure (California Shakespeare); Djembe! (Apollo Chicago); GURLSZoyka's Apartment (Princeton University); Our Country's Good & Side Show (Brown/Trinity Repertory); Madiba (Kennedy Center) and a number of shows at the Yale School of Drama.


Sam Norkin Special Drama Desk Award (winner): Fairview, The House That Will Not Stand, Fabulation, Or the Re-Education of Undine, Eddie and Dave, ‘Daddy’, & Ain’t No Mo’

Lucille Lortel Award (winner): The House That Will Not Stand; (nomination): Death of the Last Black Man

Obie Award (winner): He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box

Henry Hewes Design Award (winner): Ain’t No Mo’ (nominations): Is God Is, In the Blood, Fabulation, Or the Re-Education of Undine, The House That Will Not Stand, and Eddie & Dave


Russ Rosensweig, Summit Entertainment Group


Amy Lombard for the New York Times

Amy Lombard for the New York Times