Toni-Leslie James

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Toni-Leslie James is an American costume designer for stage, television and film. James was awarded The Irene Sharaff Young Masters Award [1] and the 2009 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Costume Design. She received a BFA in costume design from The Ohio State University. [2] James was an associate professor and head of design in the theatre department of Virginia Commonwealth University for 12 years, and is currently assistant professor adjunct of design and Yale Repertory Theatre resident costume designer for the Yale School of Drama.

Ohio State University public research university in Columbus, Ohio, United States

The Ohio State University is a public research university in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1870 as a land-grant university and the ninth university in Ohio with the Morrill Act of 1862, the university was originally known as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College. The college originally focused on various agricultural and mechanical disciplines but it developed into a comprehensive university under the direction of then-Governor Rutherford B. Hayes, and in 1878 the Ohio General Assembly passed a law changing the name to "The Ohio State University". The main campus in Columbus, Ohio, has since grown into the third-largest university campus in the United States. The university also operates regional campuses in Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark, and Wooster.

Virginia Commonwealth University public research university in Richmond, VA, USA

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a public research university in Richmond, Virginia. MCV was founded in 1838 as the medical department of Hampden–Sydney College, becoming the Medical College of Virginia in 1854. In 1968, the Virginia General Assembly merged MCV with the Richmond Professional Institute, founded in 1917, to create Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2018, more than 31,000 students pursue 217 degree and certificate programs through VCU's 11 schools and three colleges. The VCU Health System supports the university's health care education, research and patient care mission.

Yale Repertory Theatre

Yale Repertory Theatre at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut was founded by Robert Brustein, dean of Yale School of Drama, in 1966, with the goal of facilitating a meaningful collaboration between theatre professionals and talented students. In the process it has become one of the first distinguished regional theatres. Located at the edge of Yale's main downtown campus, it occupies the former Calvary Baptist Church.

Her Broadway costume design credits include the costume designs for Bernhardt/Hamlet (2019 Drama Desk Award, 2018 Tony Award nomination), Come from Away (2017 Drama Desk nomination), [3] the 2017 revival of August Wilson's Jitney (2017 Tony Award nomination, [4] 2017 Drama Desk nomination [3] ), Amazing Grace (Hewes Design Award nomination), The Scottsboro Boys (Hewes Design Award nomination), Finian's Rainbow , Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life , Ma Rainey's Black Bottom , King Hedley II , One Mo’ Time, The Wild Party (FANY Award), Marie Christine (FANY nomination), Footloose , The Tempest (Drama Desk nomination), Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 , Angels in America , Chronicle of a Death Foretold , and Jelly's Last Jam (Hewes Design Award, Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk nomination). [5]

<i>Come from Away</i> Canadian musical first produced in 2013

Come from Away is a Canadian musical with book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. It is set in the week following the September 11 attacks and tells the true story of what transpired when 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly in the small town of Gander in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon. The characters in the musical are based on real Gander residents as well as some of the 7,000 stranded travellers they housed and fed.

<i>Jitney</i> (play) play by August Wilson

Jitney is a play by August Wilson. The eighth in his "Pittsburgh Cycle", this play is set in a worn-down gypsy cab station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in early autumn 1977. The play premiered on Broadway in 2017.

<i>Amazing Grace</i> (musical) musical

Amazing Grace is a musical with music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Smith and Arthur Giron. The musical is Smith's first foray as a professional writer or composer. It is based loosely on the life of John Newton, an English slave trader who later became an Anglican priest and eventually an abolitionist. He wrote many hymns, including "Amazing Grace".

Off Broadway and regionally she has designed various productions, including for the City Center Encores! series, Lincoln Center Theater, The Public Theatre, The Vineyard Theatre, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, Arena Stage, The Shakespeare Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, Ballet Hispanico, and internationally at the Royal Court and Chitchester theaters in England, The Citadel Theatre in Canada, and The Greek Festival in Athens, Greece.

Encores! is a Tony-honored concert series dedicated to performing rarely heard American musicals, usually with their original orchestrations. Presented by New York City Center since 1994, Encores! has revived shows by Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim, among many others. The series has spawned nineteen cast recordings and numerous Broadway transfers, including Kander and Ebb's Chicago, which is now the second longest-running musical in Broadway history. Videotapes of many Encores! productions are collected at the Billy Rose Theater Collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Since 2000, the series has been led by artistic director Jack Viertel.

Her television credits include Whoopi for NBC, As the World Turns for CBS, The Huey P. Newton Story directed by Spike Lee, five specials for WNET/13 Great Performances series and the feature film A Tale of Two Pizzas directed by Vincent Sassone.

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