“I found my way into the costume studio in 1975 and have not looked back since. Initially, I found I loved making costumes – I like to work with my hands.”


Nelson Fields has designed costumes for Florida Stage in Manalapan, Florida; the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham, New York; the Strand Theatre in Galveston, Texas; the world premiere of the Johnny Appleseed Heritage production of Johnny Appleseed; the American Living Room Festival in New York City; Ash Lawn Opera Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia; Actors Guild of Lexington in Lexington, KY; the East Carolina Summer Theatre, Mary Moody Northen Amphitheatre in Galveston Texas; the Chocolate Bayou Theatre in Houston, Texas; Opera Theatre of Central Kentucky; Pizazz Productions in Los Angeles, and the Iowa Summer Repertory. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky.

His extensive technical resume includes work at Stages St. Louis, Lexington Children’s Theatre, the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas, the MGM Grand Hotels in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada and as head of costumes at the Mary Moody Northen Amphitheatre in Texas for nine seasons.

Nelson received his MFA in design from the University of Iowa in 1992.
He is a member of United Scenic Artists.


As a costume designer, I approach my work from the director’s vision because I always want to work from a place of collaboration. That is what theatre is all about.  That collaboration extends to the actor as well to help them achieve their vision within the context of the larger production. I consider the actor as an important part of my process and want them to be as comfortable as possible within the demands of the character and the overall design.