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Conversation Replay | Clint Ramos Takes Part in The New Group’s ‘Why We Do It’ Series

Stage Directions • Theatre Buzz • July 27, 2020

NYC’s The New Group theater company hosts its Why We Do It livestream creative conversations with a variety of theater artists. On July 22, they hosted a conversation with award-winning Scenic and Costume Designer, Clint Ramos and the New Group’s Artistic Director Scott Elliott. You can watch the replay of their conversation here:

Clint Ramos is a costume and scenic designer. He recently designed the costumes on Liesl Tommy’s Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson. He is the recipient of a Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Play for Eclipsed and the first person of color to win in this category. He is also the recipient of two Obie Awards including one for Sustained Excellence in Design, three Lucille Lortel Awards and six nominations, two American Theater Wing Henry Hewes Awards and eight nominations, TDF Irene Sharaff Young Master Award, Helen Hayes Award, Craig Noel Award, and three Drama Desk nominations, among other awards.

He is also the recipient of the Ani ng Dangal Presidential Medal for dramatic arts from the President of the Philippines – receiving this honor twice.

He has designed sets and/or costumes for over two hundred theater, opera, and dance productions. Selected credits include the Broadway productions of Burn This, Torch Song (Tony Nomination), Once On This Island (Tony Nomination), Six Degrees of Separation with Allison Janney, Sunday in the Park With George with Jake Gyllenhaal, In Transit, Eclipsed with Lupita Nyong’o (Tony Award), Violet with Sutton Foster, and The Elephant Man with Bradley Cooper (also West End). Highlights also include Bella, Kid Victory, Sweet Charity, Here Lies Love (NY, Seattle and at the National Theatre, London), Dry Powder with Claire Danes and John Kazinsky, Barbecue, The Good Person of Szechwan, Appropriate, Angels in America, Wild With Happy, Bootycandy, and many more. He is the principal costume designer for City Center Encores! Off-Center.

Ramos is a professor of design and Head of Design and Production at Fordham University. He was professor of scenic design at SUNY Purchase, and has been a visiting professor/artist at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts and Georgetown University.

In addition to his work in the theater, he sits on the board of SLAM NYC, which is an organization working towards creating NYC’s first ever recovery high school and most recently sat on the board of FIERCE NY, an organization that is devoted to building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color.

He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Design for Stage and Film from NYU Tisch School of the Arts where he attended on the Gary Kalkin Memorial Scholarship. He was born and raised in Cebu in the Philippines. He lives in New York with his husband and their daughter.

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