Jennifer von Mayrhauser

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Jennifer von Mayrhauser
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Occupation Costume designer

Jennifer von Mayrhauser is an American costume designer who has designed costumes for more than thirty Broadway productions, and is notable for her significant contributions in film, television, and theatre.[1][2]

Life and studies[edit]

Von Mayrhauser was born in Ithaca, New York.[3][4] Her father, Thomas G. Bergin, a noted author and a translator of Dante, Petrarch and Vico, was also a professor and Master of Timothy Dwight College at Yale University.[5] She attended Emma Willard School, a university-preparatory boarding school for young women, located in Troy, New York, founded by the women's rights advocate Emma Willard in 1814.[6] She also studied at Francis Holland School, a school for girls in Sloane Square in central London.[7] She then earned a theatre degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In New York City she studied costume design at Lester Polakov’s New York Studio and Forum of Stage Design, a significant training program for theatre designers, founded in 1958 in Greenwich Village.[3][8]


She began her career in New York assisting Santo Loquasto and Carrie Robbins, and she began designing costumes herself in 1973. She then joined Circle Repertory Company as resident designer, designing over thirty shows there including her first Broadway show, Knock Knock, in 1976.[3]

Jennifer von Mayrhauser's Broadway costume designs include: Disgraced, Wit, Come Back Little Sheba,[9] Rabbit Hole, A Thousand Clowns, The Heidi Chronicles, Execution of Justice, Hay Fever, Baby, Passion, Angels Fall, Steaming, The Wake of Jamey Foster, Beyond Therapy, Special Occasions, Talley's Folly,[10] The Night of the Iguana, The Boys of Autumn, Awake and Sing, The Father, and John Gabriel Borkman.[2]

She has designed costumes for more than twelve films, including: The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,[11] The Ballad of Jack and Rose, First Born, Double Whammy, The Real Blonde, I'm Not Rappaport,[12] Captain Ron, Bed & Breakfast, Passed Away, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Lean on Me, and Mystic Pizza.[1]

She has designed costumes for television, including: The Slap, Under the Dome, Unforgettable, In Treatment (Debra Winger’s costumes), Law & Order (eighteen seasons), Conviction, Carry Me Home, The Dreamer of Oz, Women & Wallace, Perfect Witness, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, New York Undercover, Feds, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, and Kiss Kiss, Darlings.[1]

She has designed costumes Off-Broadway, including Domesticated, by Bruce Norris at Lincoln Center,[13] Me Myself and I by Edward Albee, at Playwrights Horizons in New York,[14] Have You Seen Us by Athol Fugard at the Long Wharf Theatre, Third by Wendy Wasserstein at Lincoln Center, Pain and the Itch by Bruce Norris at Playwrights Horizons in New York, All Over by Edward Albee at the Roundabout Theatre, The Miss Firecracker Contest at Manhattan Theatre Club, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea at the Second Stage Theatre, and Uncommon Women & Others, at the Phoenix Theatre.[15]

She was Adjunct Professor of Costume Design at Brandeis University from 1991 to 2012. She is married to Richard Cottrell, with whom she has two daughters: Julia Dennison, who is an editor and journalist in London, and Lucy Cottrell, an artist in New York.[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Von Mayrhauser was nominated for the American Theatre Wing Hewes Design Award for The Pain and the Itch.[16] She received an Obie Award for “Sustained Excellence in Costume Design”,[17] an Emmy Award Nomination for “Outstanding Costume Design for a Series” for Law & Order,[18] and she was honored by the New York Women in Film and Television program Designing Hollywood.[19]


  1. ^ a b c "Jennifer von Mayrhauser". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  2. ^ a b The Broadway League. "Internet Broadway Database". Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  3. ^ a b c Greenberg, Jan W. Theater Careers. Holt, Rinehart and Winston/New York, 1983. p. 146. ISBN 0-03-061568-2.
  4. ^ a b "Edith Meiser Oral History Project". League of Professional Theatre Women. Retrieved March 9, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Thomas G. Bergin, an Authority on Dante". The New York Times. November 3, 1987. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Francis Holland website
  8. ^ Wilmeth, Don B., editor. Bigsby, Christopher, editor. The Cambridge History of American Theatre. Volume III. Cambridge University Press. 2000. page 522. [2]
  9. ^ "Come Back Little Sheba". The New Yorker. Retrieved February 4, 2008. 
  10. ^ Gill, Brendan. The Theatre, The Seacoast of Missouri ;The New Yorker; Theater Review, p. 61. March 3, 1980
  11. ^ Holden, Stephen. "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee". The New York Times. Retrieved November 26, 2009. 
  12. ^ Holden, Stephen. "Review, I’m Not Rappaport". The New York Times. Retrieved December 26, 1996.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  13. ^ Brantley, Ben. After Extramarital Activities, Politician Looks for the Words. New York Times. November 4, 2013. [3]
  14. ^ Brentley, Ben. "I know you are, but what am I, and who is he?". The New York Times. Retrieved September 12, 2010. 
  15. ^ Salamon, Julie. Wendy and the Lost Boys. The Penguin Press/New York, 2011. p. 178. ISBN 978-1-59420-298-8.
  16. ^ "The Lucille Lortel Foundation". Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  17. ^ "New York Obies Theater Awards". Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  18. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for 1999 - OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN FOR A SERIES". Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  19. ^ "New York Women in Film and Television". Retrieved 2012-11-07. 

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