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Jennifer von Mayrhauser

Jennifer von Mayrhauser

Costume Designer

Interviewed on: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Location: At Mr. Childs' Home
Interviewed by: Casey Childs
Interview #109
Photo Credit: Richard Cottrell
"I didn’t go around going ‘I have to do Broadway! I have to do Off-Broadway! I just wanted to work in the theater."
Jennifer Von Mayrhauser Highlights
Video Length: 6 Minutes, 5 Seconds
Jennifer Von Mayrhauser Interview
Video Length: 1 Hour, 41 Minutes

Jennifer von Mayrhauser is a costume designer who has worked extensively in theater, television, and film. She designed over thirty shows as the resident costume designer for Circle Repertory Theatre, and has worked with numerous other Off-Broadway theater companies such as Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, and Second Stage Theatre. Her Off-Broadway credits include:  BATTLE OF ANGELS (1974), KNOCK KNOCK (1976), SERENADING LOUIE (1976), ASHES (1977), UNCOMMON WOMEN AND OTHERS (1977/1994), TALLEY’S FOLLY (1979), BEYOND THERAPY (1981), THE SEAGULL (1983), THE MISS FIRECRACKER CONTEST (1984), THE BEACH HOUSE (1985), CALIGULA (1986), THE MOUND BUILDERS (1986), THE HEIDI CHRONICLES (1988), A CHEEVER EVENING (1994), KINDERTRANSPORT (1994), DON JUAN IN CHICAGO (1995), DARK RAPTURE (1996), THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON (1999), DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA (2004), SOME AMERICANS ABROAD (2008), DOMESTICATED (2013), RIPCORD (2015), DADA WOOF PAPA HOT (2015), PRODIGAL SON (2016), LINDA (2017) and 20TH CENTURY BLUES (2017). She was nominated for a Henry Hewes Design Award for her work on THE PAIN AND THE ITCH (2007). In 1995, she received an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Costume Design.

Jennifer von Mayrhauser was born in Ithaca, New York. She attended the Emma Willard School and received a theater degree from Northwestern University. She studied costume design at Lester Polakov’s  New York Studio and Forum of Stage Design, and early in her career assisted famed costume designers Santo Loquasto and Carrie Robbins. Her Broadway credits include: Knock Knock (1976), Da (1978), Talley’s Folly (1980), Beyond Therapy (1982), Angel Falls (1983), Baby (1984), Hay Fever (1985), Execution of Justice (1986), The Night of the Iguana (1988), The Heidi Chronicles (1989), Rabbit Hole (2006), Wit (2012), and Disgraced (2014). Her film credits include The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, I’m Not Rappaport, Passed Away, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Lean on Me, and Mystic Pizza. Her TV credits include “The Sinner,” “The Slap,” “Unforgettable,” “Under the Dome,” and “Law & Order,” for which she received an Emmy nomination. She was an adjunct professor of costume design at Brandeis University from 1991 to 2012. She is a member of the Tony Award Nominating Committee for the 2015-2018 Broadway seasons.

Mentioned in Interview

John Lee Beatty, Tanya Berezin, Andre Bishop, Julie Bovaso, Beth Henley, Ming Cho Lee, Emily Mann, Ted Mann, Marshall W. Mason, Lynne Meadow, Dorothy Olim, Michael Warren Powell, Jose Quintero, Don Scardino, Wendy Wasserstein, Tennessee Williams, Lanford Wilson, Jerry Zaks, American Place Theatre, APA Phoenix, Circle East, Circle Repertory Theatre, Cubiculo, Equity Library Theatre, Gramercy Theatre, Hudson Guild Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, Lucille Lortel Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Marymount Manhattan Theatre, McAlpin Rooftop Theatre, NYSF/The Public, Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, Promenade Theater, Second Stage Theatre, Signature Theatre, Stage 73, Theatre de Lys, Theatre Four, Triplex Theater II, Westside Theatre, ASHES, BATTLE OF ANGELS, THE BEACH HOUSE, BEYOND THERAPY, CALIGULA , THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON, A CHEEVER EVENING, DADA WOOF PAPA HOT, DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, DARK RAPTURE, DOMESTICATED, DON JUAN IN CHICAGO, THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, KINDERTRANSPORT, KNOCK KNOCK, LINDA, THE MISS FIRECRACKER CONTEST, THE MOUND BUILDERS, PRODIGAL SON, RIPCORD, THE SEAGULL, SERENADING LOUIE, SOME AMERICANS ABROAD, TALLEY’S FOLLY, 20TH CENTURY BLUES, UNCOMMON WOMEN AND OTHERS