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Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko

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Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko has more than 25 years experience as a professional costume designer in theater, film and television.

In 2003, she received an Emmy for her costume design work on NBC’s American Dreams. She was also Emmy-nominated for FX’s American Horror Story, and HBO’s From the Earth to the Moon (produced by Tom Hanks) and Carnivàle. She was nominated for four Costume Designers Guild Awards during five seasons of HBO’s Big Love. In addition, Carnivàle, From the Earth to the Moon and the pilot for ABC’s Pan Am were also nominated for CDG awards. Karvonides-Dushenko’s feature films include The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008), The Glass House (2001) and Beautiful (2000).

Her theatrical designs have been featured in productions at the Old Globe Theater, Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, Seattle Repertory, Guthrie Theater and the Kennedy Center. On Broadway, she designed the costumes of August Wilson’s production Two Trains Running.

This year, Karvonides-Dushenko is designing two operas. Iphigenia in Tauris will feature her costume designs at Teatro National San Carlo in Lisbon, Portugal. The second opera is an newly composed production for Opera Philadelphia based on the 1996 Lars Von Tier film Breaking the Waves. Concurrently, this winter, Karvonides-Dushenko returns as the costume designer on the second season of the Starz TV series Blunt Talk, starring Patrick Stewart.

Karvonides-Dushenko received her M.F.A. in theater design from Yale School of Drama, has a B.F.A. from Emerson College and also attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.