Paul Tazewell

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Paul Tazewell
Born Akron, Ohio
Nationality  United States
Education Tisch School of the Arts
Known for costume designer
Awards Helen Hayes Awards Resident Design

Paul Tazewell is a costume designer for the theatre, dance, and opera. He has received five Tony Award nominations for costume design, three Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Costume Design, the Lucille Lortel Award (for On the Town), 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. [1]


Born in Akron, Ohio,[2] Tazewell graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.[1] Tazewell was a resident artist and Associate Professor of Costume Design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2003-2006).[3][4]

Tazewell has designed costumes for over a dozen Broadway productions, starting with Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk in 1996 (receiving the Tony Award nomination). Other musicals include On the Town (Revival), The Color Purple, and, in 2009, Guys and Dolls (Revival) and Memphis. 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'm (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.

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