Curtain Up: Broadway Behind
April 14 - September 1, 2012
Biographies of artists
- Marina Draghici
- Marina Draghici is a costume designer and set designer
for Broadway, film, and television. Draghici , born in Bucharest, Romania,
has been designing for theater, opera, film, and television since graduating
from the Yale School of Drama in 1988.
- She received both a Tony Award (2010) and Lucille Lortel
Award (2009) for the costume design for the Broadway musical FELA!
Draghici served not only as costume designer for FELA but she also
was the show's set designer. Draghici is the only designer represented
in this exhibition to play both roles in a Broadway show.
- Prior to FELA!, Draghici collaborated with Bill T. Jones
on Dream on a Monkey Mountain and 24 Images Secondes. Marina
Draghici 's designs, both costume designs and set designs, have been seen
at the Paris Opera, Lyon Opera, Bordeaux Opera, Zurich Opera, New York
City Opera, and in theaters in the US and abroad.
- Her feature film credits include Academy Award nominated
Precious; Rage (with Judi Dench, Jude Law), The Night
Listener (with Robin Williams); The Cake Eaters (with Kristen
Stewart), Heights (with Glenn Close, James Marsden, Isabella Rossellini
Elisabeth Banks); and The Gray Zone (with David Arquette, Harvey
Keitel, Steve Buscemi).
- For television she worked on Homeland (Showtime),
Blue Bloods (CBS), Dexter (Showtime) and on many commercials.
Draghici also serves as a fashion stylist and designer in New York and
Hollywood for celebrities and on award shows.
- David Gallo
- David Gallo (born 1966) is an American scenic designer
and projection designer for Broadway, off-Broadway, regional, and international
theater venues. He received the 2006 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design
for The Drowsy Chaperone. A longtime collaborator of playwright
August Wilson, Gallo's designs for Wilson's Gem of the Ocean and
Radio Golf garnered him two additional Tony nominations. He designed
the sets for the Tony Award winning musical Memphis.
- Currently, Gallo's designs are seen on Broadway in Memphis,
Blue Man Group, Hurt Village and SpongeBob SquarePants (international
tour). In fall of 2012 Gallo's set designs will be featured on Broadway
in the Tupac Shakur musical Holler If You Hear Me. His most recent
Broadway credits include: Stick Fly; The Mountaintop; Colin Quinn: Long
Story Short; High; reasons to be pretty; A Catered Affair; Xanadu;
Thoroughly Modern Millie; Ma Rainey's Black Bottom; The Smell
of the Kill; King Hedley II; Dance of the Vampires; A View from the Bridge;
Little Me; You're a Good Man Charlie Brown; Jackie; and Hughie.
- Often credited with a whimsical style, many of Gallo's
projects have been centered on children and family entertainment. Gallo
designed the 135th Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and served
as the Production Designer for many youth oriented Live productions
including Yo Gabba Gabba; Madagascar; Blue's Clues;
Dora the Explorer; Go, Diego, Go!; Clifford the Big Red
Dog; SpongeBob SquarePants; and various projects for Nickelodeon.
He designed the popular Christmas television special Elmo's Christmas
Countdown for Sesame Street and was honored by the Jim Henson Company
with a Muppet crafted in his likeness.
- In 2000, Gallo's work was chosen for the Cooper-Hewitt,
National Design Museum's National Design Triennial. His designs were featured
in the 2003 Prague Quadrennial and can be found in public and private collections.
Gallo is the recipient of the 2000 Obie for Sustained Excellence in Set
Design; multiple Drama Desk awards, Lucille Lortel, American Theatre Wing,
Hewes Design, Ovation, and LA Critics Circle awards.
- David Gallo will give a talk, "Broadway Design:
Past, Present, and Future," here at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum on
May 5th at 3pm. Please make reservations at the Museum's Front Desk, space
- William Ivey Long
- William Ivey Long (born 1947) is a costume designer for
film and stage. He is a native North Carolinian with deep theatrical roots.
Both of his parents were theatre educators, and he spent his childhood
summers in Manteo, North Carolina, where his family worked at Paul Green's
outdoor drama, The Lost Colony. William made his first costume at
the age of 5: an Elizabethan ruff for his dog. Each summer he returns to
Manteo, where he has served as Production Designer since 1988. Summer 2012
will mark his 42nd season with the production.
- He received a BA in history from The College of William
and Mary, was a Kress Fellow in Art History at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, and then received an MFA in stage design from
Yale University School of Drama.
- Possibly the most recognized name in Broadway costume
design, William Ivey Long's career spans over three decades and over 60
shows. He has received eleven Tony Award nominations for his work, and
has won the Tony five times. His designs for Hairspray won a Tony,
a Drama Desk, and an Outer Critics Circle Award. His costume designs for
The Producers (497 costumes) won a Tony, a Drama Desk, and Outer
Critics Circle Award. (He also designed for the film version of The
Producers with 7,000 costumes.)
- The current Broadway productions of Leap of Faith
and Don't Dress for Dinner mark William's 62nd and 63rd Broadway
costume design. In addition, he has designed the costumes for Young
Frankenstein (on view in this exhibition); Chicago; Hugh Jackman:
Back on Broadway; Catch Me If You Can; 9 To 5; Pal Joey; Grey Gardens;
(Tony Award); Sweet Charity; La Cage aux Folles; Hewes Award); The
Boy from Oz; The Music Man; Swing (Hewes Award); Contact (Hewes
Award); Cabaret; Smokey Joe's Cafe; Guys and Dolls; (Drama Desk
Award); Crazy for You (Tony, Outer Critics Circle Awards); Six
Degrees of Separation; Lend Me a Tenor (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle
Awards); and Nine (Tony, Drama Desk, Maharam Awards).
- William Ivey Long serves on the board of the American
Theatre Wing and was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2005.
- Paul Tazewell
- Paul Tazewell (born 1964) is a costume designer for the
theater, dance, and opera. He is the costume designer for Memphis.
- Born in Akron, Ohio, Tazewell graduated from the North
Carolina School of the Arts and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Tazewell
is resident artist and Associate Professor of Costume Design at Carnegie
Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- Tazewell has designed costumes for over a dozen Broadway
productions: Jesus Christ Superstar; In the Heights; Guys
and Dolls; The Color Purple; Magic/Bird; Bring in
'da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk; Lombardi; The Miracle Worker;
Caroline or Change; A Raisin in the Sun; Drowning Crow;
Elaine Stritch: At Liberty; On the Town; Fascinating Rhythm; and Def
- He has also designed costumes for dance: Alvin Ailey
Dance Company; Pacific Northwest Ballet Company; and the Bolshoi Ballet,
as well as for opera: Faust (Metropolitan Opera); Porgy and Bess
(Chicago Lyric, San Francisco Opera, L.A. Opera, Washington Opera); and
Little Women (New York City Opera).
- Tazewell received Tony nominations for his costume designs
for Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk in 1996; for Guys and
Dolls in 2009, In the Heights, The Color Purple, and
for Memphis. He is the recipient of four Helen Hayes Awards and
the Lucille Lortel Award.
- Robin Wagner
- Robin Wagner (born 1933) is an American scenic designer.
He was born in San Francisco, attended art school and started his career
in theaters in that city. In 1953 he moved to New York where he worked
on numerous off-Broadway productions before making his Broadway debut as
an assistant designer for the Hugh Wheeler play Big Fish, Little Fish
in 1961. He became an assistant to the designer Ben Edwards, and then assistant
to the legendary Oliver Smith. With Smith, he worked on 110 in the Shade
and Hello, Dolly! before setting out on his own. His first solo
project was a 1966 production of The Condemned of Altona by Jean-Paul
Sartre. Wagner's first big hit, in 1967, was Hair.
- Robin Wagner's many Broadway credits include Hair;
Promises, Promises; Jesus Christ Superstar;, A Chorus Line; Ballroom; On
the Twentieth Century; 42nd Street; The Boy from Oz; Dreamgirls; Song and
Dance; City of Angels; The Producers; and Young Frankenstein.
Wagner's other theatrical work ranges from off-Broadway and regional theatre
productions to ballet and opera, including sets for the Metropolitan Opera,
the Vienna State Opera, the Hamburg State Opera, the Royal Swedish Opera,
the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, and the New York City Ballet.
- Wagner is a veteran Broadway set designer, whose early
use of large-scale automated scenery in musicals like On the Twentieth
Century and Dreamgirls has now become standard in American theater.
He has won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design six times out
of eleven nominations. He received the industry's Robert L.B. Tobin Award
for sustained excellence in theatrical design. Wagner won the Tony Award
for Best Scenic Design three times out of ten nominations. His set designs
for The Producers won him a Tony award and his designs for Young
Frankenstein garnered him another Tony nomination.
- Wagner has served on the Theatre Advisory Committee for
the New York International Festival of the Arts, is a trustee of the New
York Shakespeare Festival, and has taught in the graduate Theater Arts
program at Columbia University. He lives in New York City.
- Robert Wierzel
- Robert Wierzel (born 1956) is an American lighting designer.
He is well known for his work in the American regional theater, with national
and international opera companies, museum installations, and dance. For
twenty-three years he has been a collaborator with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie
Zane Dance Company and Bill T. Jones Dance Company.
- Wierzel's lighting design work has been seen in theater
companies nationally, including: New York City Opera; Boston Lyric Opera;
Chicago Opera Theater; Lincoln Center Great Performances; San Francisco
Opera; Trisha Brown Dance Company; Boston Ballet; American Repertory Theatre;
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; as well as internationally, from the Vancouver
Opera to Tokyo Opera. Wierzel has also created lighting designs locally
for the Connecticut Ballet; Hartford Stage Company; Long Wharf Theatre;
Westport Country Playhouse; and Yale Repertory Theater.
- Wierzel's work has won him a Primetime Emmy Award, Obie
Award, and Bessie Award. He has been nominated for several Audelco Awards,
Joseph Jefferson Award , Barrymore Award, Helen Hayes Design Award , and
LA Theatre Ovation Award. In 1991 he was the recipient of the American
Theatre Wing Lighting Design Award for his work with Philip Glass on Hydrogen
- His work on FELA! earned him a Tony nomination
for Best Lighting Design in a Musical in 2010.
- Wierzel teaches in the graduate lighting design program
at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Department of Design
for Stage and Film. He lives in Connecticut.
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