Our last 2016 Tony Award Winner for this week is Paul Tazewell, who won the Tony for Best Costume Design for Hamilton.
Paul Tazewell is a Tony award winning costume designer for the theatre, dance, and opera. He received the 2016 Tony Award for best costume design for Hamilton. He has also received six Tony Award nominations for costume design, four Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Costume Design, two Lucille Lortel Awards (for On the Town and Hamilton), and the Theater Development Fund’s Irene Sharaff Award in 1997. He is also the recipient of the Princess Grace Statue Award bestowed by the Princess Grace Foundation to artists of excellence in various disciplines.
Born in Akron, Ohio, Tazewell graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Tazewell was a resident artist and Associate Professor of Costume Design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2003-2006).
Tazewell has designed costumes for over a dozen Broadway productions, starting with Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk in 1996 (receiving a Tony Award nomination). Over Tazewell’s career, he has costumed numerous plays that are predominantly African American and Latino. Other musicals include On the Town (Revival), The Color Purple, and, in 2009, Guys and Dolls (Revival) and Memphis. Recent Broadway work includes Dr Zhivago, Side Show, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Plays on Broadway have included Lombardi, The Miracle Worker (Revival), Magic/Bird and the Tony Award-winning revival of A Raisin in the Sun. His off-Broadway work as a costume designer includes Elaine Stritch at Liberty (2001), Boston Marriage (2002), Ruined, One Flea Spare, Flesh and Blood, and Harlem Song (Apollo Theater).
In regional theatre he has designed costumes for, among many, Arena Stage (The Women, 1999, and Polk County, 2002), The Guthrie Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, and La Jolla Playhouse. His work for ballet companies includes the Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Bolshoi Ballet. Opera credits at Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, ENO, and the Metropolitan Opera.
Hamilton (2015) (Lucille Lortel Award, Tony Award)
A Streetcar Named Desire (2012) (Tony Award nomination)
Memphis (2009) (Tony Award nomination)
In the Heights (2008) (Tony Award nomination)
The Color Purple (2005) (Tony Award nomination)
A Raisin in the Sun (2004)
Caroline, or Change (2003) (Lucille Lortel Award nomination, Outstanding Costume Design)
Boston Marriage (2002) (Lucille Lortel Award nomination, Outstanding Costume Design)
Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk (1996) (Tony Award nomination)