A native of Oakland, Sandra Woodall is one of the best-known and most prolific designers in the Bay Area. She has worked with many of San Francisco's leading performing arts institutions, including American Conservatory Theater, Eureka Theater-where she designed the costumes for the original production of Angels in America-Magic Theater, and the Kronos Quartet, but she is most closely associated with dance. The recipient of five Isadora Duncan Awards, Woodall has collaborated with virtually every major choreographer based in the Bay Area, including Val Caniparoli, Margaret Jenkins, Alonzo King, K.T. Nelson, Michael Smuin, Helgi Tomasson, June Watanabe, Brenda Way, and the late Lew Christensen.
Woodall has also had a significant impact beyond the Bay Area. She has designed costumes for Ballet West, Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Joffrey Ballet, Houston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Washington Ballet, Den Norske Opera Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, and Singapore Dance Theatre, among many others. She recently worked as a visual collaborator on the eight-hour original production Dream Like a Dream , written and directed by Stan Lai and presented by Hong Kong Repertory Theatre. A Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan in 1999-2000, Woodall taught at the National Institute of Arts in Taipei and designed costumes for Shangri-La for the Performance Workshop during her residency. She has worked all over the world, and each culture has an impact on her designs: her set and costumes for Helgi Tomasson's Chi-Lin at San Francisco Ballet, for instance, were informed by her familiarity with Asian countries.