#31 Paloma Young

This week’s guest is the delightful Costume Designer Paloma Young! Paloma went from designing the workshop production of ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ to winning a Tony Award for her designs and she takes us through the whole crazy journey. From her humble beginning as the ‘local’ hire, to a moment of shear panic when presenting the costumes for the first time, to Christian Borle turning a costume piece into comic gold, to costuming multiple companies at one time, and finally to the bizarre experience of seeing her work copied in subsequent licensed productions. Cory and Paloma also chat about her work on ‘Natasha Pierre & the Great Comet…’ and ‘Fly by Night’, the unpredictable reason an actor once was hesitant about his costume, and what Paloma’s own clothes say about herself in the play that is real life. Enjoy!

Paloma Young was awarded the 2012 Tony Award for her Costume Design for Peter and the Starcatcher. Other New York credits include Fly By Night, The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters (Playwrights Horizons), Natasha Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 (Lortel Award; Drama Desk/Henry Hewes nomination), Recall (Colt Coeur), Brooklyn Babylon (BAM Nextwave), Peter and the Starcatcher (New World Stages/NYTW, Drama Desk nomination), Wildflower (2ST), and The North Pool (Vineyard.)

Regional credits include The Tempest (ART/Smith Center), You Nero, Troublemaker… (Berkeley Rep), Fly By Night (Dallas Theater Center), Current Nobody, Hoover Comes Alive!, Chile Pod (La Jolla Playhouse), The Heart of Robin Hood (Oregon Shakespeare Fest), Titus Andronicus (California Shakespeare Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Old Globe), Pride and Prejudice, Charlotte’s Web (South Coast Rep), 1001 (Mixed Blood), Dos Pueblos (Miracle Theatre), The Black Suits (CTG/Barrington Stage), and Mormons, Mother’s and Monsters (Barrington Stage.)

Paloma holds an MFA from UC San Diego.



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