Honorary Fellowship - Jane Greenwood

12 July 2012

LJMU Honorary Fellowship for Jane Greenwood, costume designer for stage, television and film.

Image of Honorary Fellow Jane GreenwoodJane Greenwood, costume designer for stage, television and film, who is currently celebrating 50 years of designing on Broadway, received an Honorary Fellowship on Thursday 12 July 2012 for her outstanding contribution to the field of costume design and innovative work with the arts. The citation was presented by Gillian Reynolds, a respected broadcaster and journalist and Honorary Fellow of the University.

Jane is a costume designer for stage, television and film.  Born in Liverpool, she attended LJMU's School of Art (then the Liverpool School of Art) and went on to the Central School of Arts and Crafts (now Central St Martins College of Art and Design).  Jane started her professional career at the Oxford Playhouse where she designed a production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' which travelled to the XVII Venice Biennale in 1958. Her work includes designing for more than 150 productions in New York, including the Broadway production 'Ballad of the Sad Café,' in 1963, 'Hamlet' with Richard Burton, directed by John Gielgud, and Stephen Sondheim's musical 'Passion' in 1994. Other playwrights who she's worked with directly and extensively include Tennessee Williams and Edward Albee. Films include 'Arthur' with John Gielgud and Dudley Moore, and 'Glengarry Glen Ross' with Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey and Jack Lemmon.

Television work includes the mini-series, 'Kennedy with Martin Sheen. Designs for opera include 'Dialogue of the Carmelites' and 'The Great Gatsby' at the Metropolitan Opera.  She designed the world premiere of the opera ‘Moby Dick’ written by Jake Hegy for the Dallas Opera and Adelaide Australia which continues a world tour. Recent Broadway productions include 'A View From the Bridge' with Scarlett Johansson and 'Driving Miss Daisy' with Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones for New York and London.  'Million Dollar Quarte' is currently playing in New York and is also on a world tour. Jane has been a professor of Costume Design at Yale School of Drama since 1976. Her awards include 15 Tony nominations, the Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999, the Helen Hayes Award, the Drama Desk Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Distinguished Work in the Theatre, among many others. In 2003 she was elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame. She is currently designing the musical, 'Rebecca' which will mark 50 years of designing on Broadway.

Speaking at the Ceremony, Jane said that it was with enormous pleasure that she accepted the Fellowship, finding this particularly special as it was a recognition of her journey since attending LJMU's School of Art (then the Liverpool School of Art).  Jane concluded with some advice to students that to succeed as a costume designer, or in any career, you must have passion and be able to deliver your own ideas.  She added that listening and being clear in your intentions is also important and ended by extending her best wishes to all graduating.

To view the Oration for Jane Greenwood click here

Read Jane Greenwood's interview in the Liverpool Echo:  http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/in-the-mix/2012/07/11/liverpool-born-broadway-costume-designer-honoured-after-career-working-with-stars-including-richard-burton-and-scarlett-johansen-100252-31366876/

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