Jenny Tiramani has worked as a Costume and Stage Designer since 1977. She was Associate Designer at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East 1979-1997 and Director of Theatre Design at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London from 1997 to 2005.
In 2012 she returned to design new productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III, which transferred to the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue and then to the Belasco Theatre on Broadway. She won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Costume Design for the production of Twelfth Night on Broadway, and was nominated for the 2013 Laurence Olivier Award for the same production. In 2016 she won the Melbourne Green Room Association Award for best design of Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera Australia. She had previously won the Olivier for Best Costume Design for an earlier production of Twelfth Night in 2003 and was nominated for the Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Cinderella in 2008.
Other recent work includes costume designs for Andrea Chenier for San Francisco Opera; Into the Woods at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Andrea Chenier at the Royal Opera House, Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera Australia, La Clemenza di Tito (Aix-en-Provence 2011 and Chicago), Anna Bolena (Metropolitan Opera, 2011) and the design of Orlando at the Opéra de Lille and Théâtre des Champs Elysées
As a member of Renaissance Theatre Company from 1988, Jenny Tiramani designed West End Shakespeare productions directed by Dame Judi Dench, Geraldine McEwan, Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Kenneth Branagh.
Jenny is a founder member and Head of The School of Historical Dress, a new venture founded in 2009 to teach an object-based approach to the subject. Her publications include several books on sixteenth and seventeenth century dress.
Praise for Tweflth Night:
“Jenny Tiramani’s meticulously detailed costumes are works of art. According to a program note, “Any one of these outfits took between 10 and 20 specialist craftspeople.” The female characters, particularly, look like Renaissance paintings.”
– Zachary Stewart, Theater Mania