2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. — Public Review Session


Distinguished costume designer Paul Tazewell will be the keynote speaker at the 16th annual Design Showcase West (DSW) on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s Freud Playhouse.

Tazewell has been designing costumes for Broadway and regional theater, film and television, dance, and opera productions for more than 25 years. In 2016, he received a Tony Award for his costume designs for the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton and an Emmy Award for his work on NBC’s The Wiz! Live. Starting his Broadway career with the groundbreaking musical Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, he has since worked on the original Broadway productions of Hamilton, In the Heights; The Color Purple; Doctor Zhivago; Memphis; Caroline, or Change; Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam; A Streetcar Named Desire; Jesus Christ Superstar; Guys and Dolls and A Raisin in the Sun, among others. Recent TV projects include HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live. Tazewell has designed for renown companies such as The Metropolitan Opera, Bolshoi Ballet, English National Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet, The Public Theater, The National Theatre and The Kennedy Center, among many others. He is the recipient of two Lucille Lortel Awards, four Helen Hayes Awards, a Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship and The Princess Grace Statue Award. Tazewell received his B.F.A. from North Carolina School of the Arts and his M.F.A. from New York University.

“In the world of design, it is difficult to get more exciting right now than Paul Tazewell,” says Brian Kite, UCLA TFT Department of Theater Chair. “Mr. Tazewell’s exceptional style, which gives his work for stage and screen their authentic, unique and inspiring presence, and the incredible student work on display at DSW each year add up to a perfect day. It’s always thrilling to see what the future leaders in design are showcasing for the film, television and theater industry.”

Design Showcase West, created by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, is the only national entertainment design showcase on the West Coast featuring the work of graduate students from the nation's top university design programs. Exhibits range from costume design to scenic, sound, lighting and production design. Studio executives, film and television producers, theater artistic directors and professional designers attend DSW to meet the industry's fresh rising stars.

Design Showcase West is presented by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s Department of Theater.


2018 — Paul Tazewell, costume designer, Hamilton
2017 — Deborah Riley, production designer, Game of Thrones
2016 — Quentin Tarantino, filmmaker, Django Unchained
2015 — Bill Prady, producer, The Big Bang Theory
2014 — Ellen Mirojnick, costume designer, The Knick

2018 Participants

American Film Institute

California Institute of the Arts

California State University, Long Beach

Carnegie Mellon University

Chapman University's
Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

Northwestern University

NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Purdue University

San Diego State University

Southern Methodist University

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

University of California, Davis

University of California, Irvine

University of California, San Diego

University of Cincinnati

University of Georgia

University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Texas at Austin

University of Washington

Yale School of Drama