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Dec. 16, 2013/For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu



 Paul Tazewell will work with costume designers in School of Design and Production

WINSTON-SALEM – Tony Award-nominated alumnus Paul Tazewell will visit the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) on Thursday, Dec. 19, to work with costume designers in the School of Design and Production (D&P). He will present two workshops, sharing his recent designs from the revival of Side Show, and describing his path to a successful career on Broadway and in leading regional theatres.

“Paul is an extremely successful alumnus,” said Bill Brewer, who teaches costume design and technology.  “His body of work is impressive, and students will be both informed and inspired by his visit.”

Tazewell’s workshops are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. in the D&P Drawing Studios, as part of Intensive Arts, the annual pre-holiday mini-term when academic courses are suspended so that students can participate in arts-related special projects and workshops.

Paul Tazewell

The Los Angeles Times theatre critic Charles McNulty noted Tazewell’s “eye-catching” costumes in a recent review of Side Show at LaJolla Playhouse in San Diego. A musical about real-life conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, Side Show will complete its seven-week run at LaJolla on Dec. 15, and will move to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., in June 2014. It is directed by Academy Award-winner Bill Condon (Dreamgirls).

“Our training in costume work is very hands-on, and these workshops will reflect that,” Brewer said. “There will be lots of time for students to ask questions about Paul’s experience. That is a major component of how our students learn.”

Tazewell has more than 14 years of experience designing costumes. He has designed extensively in the United States and internationally for theatre, dance and opera. Broadway credits include Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, On the Town, Def Poetry Jam, Elaine Strich at Liberty and Fascinating Rhythm. Off-Broadway, his credits include Flesh and Blood, Harlem Song, Dina Was, City Center Encores! Li’l Abner, Once Around the City, Before It Hits Home, Playboy of the West Indies at Lincoln Center Theatre, and Boston Marriage, One Flea Spare, Henry V, Venus, and Blade to the Heat at Joseph Papp Public Theatre.

He has designed for productions at  Arena Stage, The Guthrie Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, LaJolla Playhouse, Center Stage, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Seattle Rep, Trinity Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, The Alliance Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Boston Ballet.

In addition to UNCSA, Tazewell is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.



As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.