Tony and Emmy Award-winning alumnus Paul Tazewell establishes scholarship at UNCSA

World-renowned costume designer Paul Tazewell has established a merit-based scholarship for undergraduate students of color in the School of Design and Production at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1986.

With this gift, Tazewell “hopes to inspire emerging artists of color to follow their dreams and become the next generation of creative innovators.”

Paul Tazewell

Award-winning costume designer Paul Tazewell

Tazewell will be speaker at UNCSA’s 52nd Commencement Ceremony, where he will receive an honorary doctorate. The ceremony will be streamed live beginning at 10 a.m.

We are deeply honored for Paul's scholarship support, said Chancellor Lindsay BiermanHe serves as an exceptional role model for our aspiring professional artists and costume designers. The impact of his legacy will be tremendous not only on our campus, but also on the global theater industry.

Over the last three decades, Tazewell has reached ever-greater heights as a designer and a fixture on Broadway. He has been nominated for six Tony awards, including his 2016 win for “Hamilton.” He and his design team won an Emmy for their work on NBC’s “The Wiz! Live” in 2016. He has also been nominated for an Olivier Award, and has received four Helen Hayes Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and the Princess Grace Statue Award, among many others.

He has worked as a costume designer on the Broadway productions of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Memphis,” “In the Heights,” “The Color Purple,” and “Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk.” He has also designed costumes for the Bolshoi Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Goodman Theatre. Most recently, his costumes for NBC’s live production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” caused a sensation on social media and were hailed by The Cut as ”unbelievably fashionable.”

“Paul’s “résumé speaks for itself, but this scholarship is a reminder that he’s also very grateful to this school for helping him get his start,” said Michael Kelley, dean of the School of Design and Production. Kelley is also an alumnus of D&P, graduating one year after Tazewell.

The inaugural Paul Tazewell Scholarship will be awarded fall 2018.


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May 03, 2018