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TCG Launched the Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship

Stage Directions • Industry News • April 11, 2019
Costume Designer, Willa Kim

Costume Designer, Willa Kim

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, is pleased to announce the launch of The Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship. Administered by TCG with support from The Estate of Willa Kim, the Scholarship will provide exceptionally talented costume designers who are enrolled in a university or professional training program with the opportunity to supplement their fine arts training in drawing and painting. The Scholarship honors costume designer Willa Kim’s legacy and her life’s work as a pioneer, legend, and inspiration for many of today’s theatre artists.

“Willa was passionate about making it possible for early career costume designers to hone their skills outside of the traditional curriculum,” said Teresa Eyring, executive director, TCG. “Thanks to support from The Estate of Willa Kim, this scholarship program will empower them to strengthen their craft and deepen the range of their artistry.”

Scholarship recipients will receive up to $7,500 to be used towards tuition, registration, and/or supplies over a one-year period between July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020. Funds cannot be used for required curriculum at the applicant’s college, university, or professional training program. International study is allowable, but the scholarship will only cover tuition, registration, and supplies. Expenses related to travel will not be covered by the scholarship. For more information, interested applicants should contact Michael Francis,

To assist applicants with their applications, TCG will hold the following information sessions via teleconference and webchat on the following dates: Thursday, April 11, 2019, 5:00-6:00pm ET and Thursday, April 18, 2019, 3:00-4:00pm ET. Participation in a session is not a requirement to submit an application.

Willa Kim was a costume designer for ballet, theatre, opera, and television. Among many honors were Tony Awards for Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies and Tommy Tune’s The Will Rogers Follies, and Tony nominations for Peter Allen’s Legs Diamond, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song & Dance, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, and Joel Grey’s Goodtime Charley. She won Drama Desk Awards for Jean Genet’s The Screens, Irene Fornes’ Promenade, and Sam Shepard’s Operation Sidewinder; Obie Awards for Robert Lowell’s The Old Glory and Lanie Robertson’s Woman Before A Glass; and Emmy Awards for the PBS broadcasts of Michael Smuin’s ballets The Tempest and A Song For Dead Warriors. Ms. Kim received lifetime achievement awards from the Fashion Institute of Technology and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. The Theatre Development Fund honored her with the Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2007 she was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

Follow this link for Guidelines for the Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship 

Further information from the Theatre Communications Group (TCG):


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