‘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
‘If a picture is worth a thousand words, a Blanco costume is worth considerably more.’
- The Drama Desk announcement of the Sam Norkin Award
Skylight by David Hare, director Emily Mann, McCarter Theatre (May 2019)
A Strange Loop by Michael R. Jackson, director Stephen Brackett,
Playwrights Horizons/Page 73 (June 2019)
Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury, director Sarah Benson, TFANA (June 2019)
Dragon Spring, Phoenix Rise conceived by Chen Shi-Zeng, Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger; Songs by Sia,
The Shed (June 2019)
Girls by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, director Lileana Blain-Cruz, Yale Rep (October 2019)
Graveyard Shift by Korde Arrington Tuttle, director Danya Taymor, Goodman Theatre (February 2020)
Tuvalu, of the Saddest Song by Antoinette Nwandu, director Danya Taymor, Vineyard Theatre (May 2020)
Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel, director Louisa Proske, Glimmerglass Festival (Summer 2020)
Montana is a theatre 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: Ain't No Mo' (Public); ‘Daddy’ (New Group/Vineyard); Fairview & Is God Is (SOHO REP); Fabulation, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World & In the Blood (Signature); The House That Will Not Stand, Red Speedo & Nat Turner in Jerusalem (NYTW); Pipeline, Ghost Light & WAR (Lincoln Center); He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box (TFANA); Eddie & Dave (Atlantic); Orange Julius (Rattlestick/Page 73); The Last Match (Roundabout) & O, Earth (Foundry).
Regional: Angels in America & An Octoroon (Berkeley Repertory); The Bluest Eye (Guthrie); La Rondine (Minnesota Opera); Lempicka (Williamstown); Measure for Measure (California Shakespeare); Djembe! (Apollo Chicago); GURLS & Zoyka'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 (nominations): Is God Is & In the Blood
Russ Rosensweig, Summit Entertainment Group