Paul Tazewell

Black History Month Honoree 6
Posted on 02/08/2023
Image of Paul TazewellPaul Tazewell is an American costume designer for theatre, dance, opera and television. He received the 2016 Tony Award for Best Costume Design for Hamilton. In 2016, he and his design team were awarded an Emmy for their work on The Wiz Live!. He is recipient of six total Tony Award nominations for Costume Design, four Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Costume Design, two Lucille Lortel Awards (for On the Town and Hamilton), Henry Hewes Awards and the Theater Development Fund's Irene Sharaff Award in 1997. He received Princess Grace Statue Award bestowed by the Princess Grace Foundation to artists of excellence in various disciplines. He is also the first African American male costume designer to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for his work on Steven Spielberg's 2021 film version of West Side Story.

Tazewell is a graduate of Akron's Buchtel High School.

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