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Ann Roth

Birth Place: Hanover, PA, USA

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Ann Roth BIO

Roth is a Carnegie Mellon graduate who began her career as a scenery painter for the Pittsburgh Opera. She intended to remain in the field of production design until she met Irene Sharaff at the Bucks County Playhouse. Sharaff invited her to California to assist her with costumes on the film Brigadoon and suggested Roth apprentice with her for five films and five Broadway productions before setting out on her own.



Roth's first Hollywood film was 1964's The World of Henry Orient, where her designs included "monogrammed handmade yellow silk pajamas" for glamorous womanizer Peter Sellers.

Roth next designed costumes for the 1969 film Midnight Cowboy. Roth as costume designer created a nightgown for Barbra Streisand to wear in her first non-musical film The Owl and the Pussycat (1970). Roth later re-used her hands-on-breasts design for the 2013 stage play The Nance, which won that year's Tony Award for costume design.

Roth's first Oscar nomination was for 1984's Places in the Heart, set in Depression-era Texas.

Roth's costumes for three distinct time frames in The English Patient (1996) earned her first Oscar.

Also in 1996, Roth did costumes for The Birdcage, a comedy film starring starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane as the flamboyant owners of a Florida drag club.

Her most-awarded film was 2020's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, where her costume designs (including flapper costumes and a rubber body suit for Viola Davis based on the body measurements of Aretha Franklin) won the Costume Designers Guild Award for Excellence in Period Film, Britain's BAFTA, and the Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

In the 2023 film Barbie, Roth appears onscreen in a cameo role, portraying and credited as "the woman on a bench."

Roth's more than one hundred screen credits for costume design include The World of Henry Orient, Midnight Cowboy, Klute, Working Girl, Silkwood, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Mambo Kings, The Birdcage, Primary Colors, Cold Mountain, Closer, Freedomland, The Good Shepherd, Margot at the Wedding, Mamma Mia!, Evening, and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

Roth's dozens of stage credits include The Odd Couple, The Star-Spangled Girl, Purlie, Seesaw, They're Playing Our Song, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Biloxi Blues, Butley, The Vertical Hour, Deuce, and The Waverly Gallery.

Ann Roth Productions

 
[West End, 2022]
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Assistant to Miss Sharaff

Ann Roth Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 2019 - Best Costume Design of a Play

Ann Roth, To Kill a Mockingbird

Tony Awards - 2019 - Best Costume Design of a Play

Ann Roth, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus

Drama Desk Awards - 2018 - Outstanding Costume Design for a Play

Ann Roth, Three Tall Women

Tony Awards - 2018 - Best Costume Design of a Musical

Ann Roth, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel

Tony Awards - 2018 - Best Costume Design of a Play

Ann Roth, Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh

Tony Awards - 2018 - Best Costume Design of a Play

Ann Roth, Edward Albee's Three Tall Women

Drama Desk Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Costume Design for a Play

Ann Roth, The Front Page

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)

Ann Roth, Shuffle Along


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Drama Desk Awards - 2016 - Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical

Ann Roth, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and all that Followed

Tony Awards - 2016 - Best Costume Design of a Musical

Ann Roth, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed


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The Hewes Awards - 2013 - Hewes Design Award

Ann Roth, The Nance

Tony Awards - 2013 - Best Costume Design of a Play

Ann Roth, The Nance

Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Costume Design

Ann Roth, The Book of Mormon

Tony Awards - 2011 - Best Costume Design of a Musical

Ann Roth, The Book of Mormon

Tony Awards - 1986 - Best Costume Design

Ann Roth, The House of Blue Leaves

Tony Awards - 1979 - Best Costume Design

Ann Roth, The Crucifer of Blood

Drama Desk Awards - 1976 - Outstanding Costume Design

Ann Roth, The Royal Family

Tony Awards - 1976 - Best Costume Design

Ann Roth, The Royal Family

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Tickets to THE BOOK OF MORMON in Chicago On Sale Today

THE BOOK OF MORMON tickets go on sale tomorrow for performances in Chicago. Don't miss your chance to see this critically acclaimed musical comedy that has captivated audiences worldwide.
Harper Lee's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Begins Performances Tonight At The Bank Of America Performing Arts Center

The classic play TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD opens tonight at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center, presented by the American Theatre Guild.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Comes to Lincoln in June

All rise for Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork, coming to Lincoln this June. 
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Comes to Thousand Oaks Next Month

The American Theatre Guild will present TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin’s new play, directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher and based on Harper Lee’s classic novel. 
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD National Tour Sets New Records

The TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD national tour sets new records, showcasing the enduring popularity and impact of this classic story across the country.
THE BOOK OF MORMON Comes to Buddy Holly Hall in May

The National Tour of the nine-time Tony Award-winning best musical, THE BOOK OF MORMON is part of the 23–24 BROADWAY AT THE BUDDY HOLLY HALL Series and will take the Buddy Holly Hall stage May 17–19, 2024.
THE BOOK OF MORMON to Return to Australia in July 2025

The Tony, Olivier and Grammy award-winning production THE BOOK OF MORMON will return to Sydney from July 2025. Learn how to purchase tickets.
THE BOOK OF MORMON to Return to Australia in 2025

Australia, the Mormons are back! The Tony, Olivier and Grammy award-winning production THE BOOK OF MORMON will return to Sydney from July 2025.
THE BOOK OF MORMON Launches Lottery Ticket Policy in Waterbury, CT

THE BOOK OF MORMON has announced a lottery ticket policy in Waterbury, CT playing at the Palace Theater on April 26, April 27, and April 28. A limited number of tickets will be available at $25 each. 
Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Straz Center

If you're ready to laugh, cringe, and convert, THE BOOK OF MORMON pokes good (un)clean fun right into the heart of organized religion. This musical is a religious experience, a testament to the power of laughter, the spirit of musical theater, and a whole lot of heart.
Additional PeRformance Added for Harper Lee's  TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD At CAA Theatre

Due to overwhelming demand, an additional performance has been added to the return engagement of Harper Lee's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Don't miss this opportunity to witness the timeless classic on stage.
THE BOOK OF MORMON to Launch Digital Lottery for St. Louis Engagement

THE BOOK OF MORMON will launch a lottery ticket policy in St. Louis playing at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. See performance dates and learn how to purchase tickets.
Ann Hould-Ward and Richard Hudson Receive TDF's Irene Sharaff Awards

TDF, the not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts, has just announced that celebrated costume designer ANN HOULD-WARD and legendary scenic designer RICHARD HUDSON are among the 2024 TDF/Irene Sharaff Award recipients.
THE BOOK OF MORMON Comes to the Benedum Center This Month

Back by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON, which played a one-week return engagement in 2019, returns to Pittsburgh for a limited engagement Tuesday, February 27 to Sunday, March 3, 2024  at the Benedum Center.
Emmy-Winner Richard Thomas Will Star In Grand Rapids Engagement Of HARPER LEE'S TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Tickets are now available for the highly anticipated production of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Don't miss your chance to see this iconic story brought to life on stage. Get your tickets today!
Digital Lottery Launches For THE BOOK OF MORMON in Toronto

THE BOOK OF MORMON will launch digital ticket lottery in Toronto, playing at the Princess of Wales Theatre, January 24 through February 11, 2024. 
THE BOOK OF MORMON to Launch Lottery for The Paramount Theatre Engagement

THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards® including Best Musical, is launching a lottery ticket policy for its engagement at The Paramount Theatre from January 9 – 14, 2024.
THE BOOK OF MORMON Passes JERSEY BOYS to Become Broadway's 12th Longest Running Show

Tonight, Broadway’s The Book of Mormon plays its 4643rd performance, passing Jersey Boys to become the 12th longest running show in Broadway history.
Harper Lee's 'TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD To Play At The Washington Pavilion January 12�"14

All rise for Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Starring Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Thomas as Atticus Finch, directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher and based on Harper Lee's classic novel, the production will premiere at the Washington Pavilion with five performances January 12–14, 2024!
THE BOOK OF MORMON Announces Lottery Ticket Policy At Centennial Concert Hall; Performances Begin January 5

'Discover the lottery ticket policy for the highly acclaimed musical, THE BOOK OF MORMON, as it arrives in Winnipeg. Don't miss your chance to experience this hilarious and irreverent Broadway hit!'

Ann Roth FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What awards has Ann Roth been nominated for?

Ann Roth has been nominated for the following awards: - Best Costume Design of a Play (Tony Awards) for To Kill a Mockingbird - Best Costume Design of a Play (Tony Awards) for Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus - Outstanding Costume Design for a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Three Tall Women - Best Costume Design of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel - Best Costume Design of a Play (Tony Awards) for Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh - Best Costume Design of a Play (Tony Awards) for Edward Albee's Three Tall Women - Outstanding Costume Design for a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Front Page - Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical) (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Shuffle Along - Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and all that Followed - Best Costume Design of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed - Hewes Design Award (The Hewes Awards) for The Nance - Best Costume Design of a Play (Tony Awards) for The Nance - Outstanding Costume Design (Drama Desk Awards) for The Book of Mormon - Best Costume Design of a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Book of Mormon - Best Costume Design (Tony Awards) for The House of Blue Leaves - Best Costume Design (Tony Awards) for The Crucifer of Blood - Outstanding Costume Design (Drama Desk Awards) for The Royal Family - Best Costume Design (Tony Awards) for The Royal Family.

What awards has Ann Roth won?

Ann Roth has won the Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and all that Followed. She has also won the Hewes Design Award (The Hewes Awards) for The Nance.

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