Catherine Zuber is a costume designer for the Broadway theater and opera, among other venues. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, and has been referred to as "one of theater's most sought-after costume designers on both coasts."
Life and early career
Zuber was born in England, and came with her family to New York City when she was 9 years old. Her first choice of career was photography, but she switched to costume design because she found photography to be "a lonely art form". In addition, she enjoyed the collaborative nature of working in the theatre.
Zuber's Broadway credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Tony nomination), Born Yesterday (Tony nomination), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, South Pacific (Tony Award), The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award), The Light in the Piazza (Tony Award), Edward Albee's Seascape (Tony nomination), Awake and Sing! (Tony Award), Joe Turner's Come and Gone (Outer Critics Circle nomination), The Royal Family (Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle nomination), Oleanna, A Man for All Seasons, Cry-Baby, Mauritius, Doubt, Little Women, Dracula, Frozen, Dinner at Eight (Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations), Twelfth Night (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Ivanov, Triumph of Love (Drama Desk nomination), The Sound of Music and The Red Shoes among others.
Zuber's opera credits include Le comte Ory, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Doctor Atomic, The 125th Anniversary Gala, Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Metropolitan Opera), Two Boys, Carmen (ENO), Roméo et Juliette (Salzburger Festspiele), and Der Ring des Nibelungen (Washington National Opera and San Francisco Opera).
Zuber's Off-Broadway credits include BAM/Old Vic's, The Bridge Project consisting of The Cherry Orchard (2009), The Winter's Tale (2009), As You Like It (2010), The Tempest (2010) and Richard III (2012),
She has designed costumes for some 57 Off-Broadway plays and musicals, recently including Oslo in 2016 at Lincoln Center Theater and Incognito in 2016 at the Manhattan Theatre Club New York City Center-Stage I.
Awards and honors
- 1999 - Twelfth Night - nominated
- 2003 - Dinner at Eight - nominated
- 2005 - The Light in the Piazza - winner
- 2006 - Awake and Sing! - winner
- 2006 - Edward Albee's Seascape - nominated
- 2007 - The Coast of Utopia - winner
- 2008 - South Pacific - winner
- 2010 - The Royal Family - winner
- 2011 - Born Yesterday - nominated
- 2011 - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying - nominated
- 2013 - Golden Boy - nominated
- 2015 - The King and I - winner
- 2017 - War Paint - nominated
- 2018 - My Fair Lady - winner
In addition, she received the 2003 and 2004 Henry Hewes Award for Outstanding Costume Design, the 2004 Lucille Lortel Award, the 2004 Ovation Award, and Obie Awards in 1997 and 2005 for Sustained Achievement. In 2019 she received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Costume Design.
Her other work includes Fête des Vignerons (1999 Vevey, Switzerland).
- Hefflet, Lynne. "A costumer's fitting versatility", Los Angeles Times (December 5, 2004)
- Hetrick, Adam. "Bridge Project's 'The Tempest' Begins BAM Run Feb. 14" Playbill, February 14, 2010
- Hetrick, Adam. "The Bridge Project Concludes March 4 With 'Richard III', Starring Kevin Spacey, at BAM" Playbill, March 4, 2012
- Oslo lortel.org, retrieved April 29, 2018
- Incognito lortel.org, retrieved April 29, 2018
- "Catherine Zuber Broadway Credits and Awards" IBDB, retrieved July 25, 2019
- Catherine Zuber at the Internet Broadway Database
- Catherine Zuber on IMDb
- Inernet Off-Broadway database