Five time Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long will return in 2013 for his 43rd season with The Lost Colony. First associated with the production at age eight, he joined the company as a colonist boy. While his mother performed in front of the footlights as Queen Elizabeth I and his father worked as property master, technical director, and then director, Mr. Long spent numerous hours backstage under the eye of costume designer Irene Smart Rains, whose guidance and encouragement helped lay the foundation for his career as a Broadway costume designer.
William Ivey Long; Production Designer
Mr. Long recently designed Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella which is running on Broadway along side Chicago, now in its 17th year! Other Broadway Credits include: The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Don’t Dress for Dinner; Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway; Catch Me If You Can, Pal Joey, 9 to 5, Young Frankenstein; Curtains; Grey Gardens (Tony Award); The Producers (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards); A Streetcar Named Desire; La Cage Aux Folles; The Boy from Oz; Hairspray (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards); Cabaret; Contact (Hewes Award); The Music Man; Annie Get Your Gun; Swing; Smokey Joe’s Café; Crazy for You (Tony, Outer Critics Circle Awards); Guys and Dolls (Drama Desk Award); A Christmas Carol; Six Degrees of Separation; Lend Me a Tenor (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards); Nine (Tony, Drama Desk, Maharam Awards). Recent Off-Broadway productions include Bunty Berman Presents; Lucky Guy and The School for Lies. He has also designed for such artists as Mick Jagger, Siegfried and Roy, the Pointer Sisters, Joan Rivers, and for choreographers Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Peter Martins, David Parsons and Susan Stroman. Mr. Long was the recipient of the Morrison Award (1992), the UNC Chapel Hill Playmakers Award (1994), the National Theatre Conference “Person of the Year” award (2000), the Order of the Long Leaf Pine (2001), the Distinguished Career Award from the Southeastern Theatre Conference (2002), the Raleigh Medal of Arts (2010), and the 2004 North Carolina Award presented by Governor Easley. William earned an undergraduate degree in history from The College of William and Mary, was a Kress Fellow at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and then earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in stage design from Yale University School of Drama. He also holds honorary degrees from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The University of North Carolina at Asheville, and The College of William and Mary. Upcoming projects for Broadway include Big Fish, The Prince of Broadway, Bullets over Broadway, and The Merry Widow for The Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Long has been nominated for 12 Tony Awards. He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2005, and was elected Chairman of The American Theatre Wing in June, 2012.