Jane Greenwood
Born (1934-04-30) 30 April 1934 (age 89)
Known forCostume designer

Jane Greenwood (born 30 April 1934) is a British costume designer for the stage, television, film, opera, and dance. Born in Liverpool, England, she works both in England and the United States. She has been nominated for the Tony Award for costume design twenty-one times and won the award for her work on The Little Foxes.[1][2]


Greenwood attended Liverpool Art School[3] and the Central School of Arts and Crafts, and then started working at the Oxford Playhouse, in charge of the costume department. She started working in the Ray Diffen costume shop in New York City in 1962. In New York, she met and married scenic designer and producer Ben Edwards.[4]

Greenwood's work includes designing for over 100 productions, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1963), her first Broadway play, to Hamlet with Richard Burton (1964), 70, Girls, 70 (1971), Romantic Comedy (1979), I Hate Hamlet (1991), The Sisters Rosensweig (1993), and Stephen Sondheim's Passion (1994).[4]

In addition to her many Broadway credits, she has designed costumes for many productions for the Manhattan Theatre Club, including Accent on Youth (2009), Lincoln Center Theater, Belle Epoque, 2005, and The Roundabout Theatre Company, Waiting for Godot (2009), A Month in the Country (1994–95), Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, and She Loves Me (1992–93).

In England, she was nominated for the Olivier Award for her costume designs for She Loves Me (1995).[5][6]

Her television work includes several Public Television plays for "The American Playhouse", made-for-television movies, such as In the Gloaming, HBO (1997) and the miniseries Kennedy (1983).[2]

For opera, she has designed for the Metropolitan Opera House, such as Ariadne in 1987.[7] For dance, she designed the original costumes for the Alvin Ailey dance Night Creature (1974).[8]

She teaches at the Yale Drama School. Greenwood received the Theater Development Fund Irene Sharaff Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1998.[9]

Greenwood has been awarded the 2014 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. The executive directors of the Broadway League and American Theater Wing said, in part "She has made a significant imprint on the history of Broadway with her artistry. Her work has not only elevated the craft of costume design but has inspired generations of designers to come."[10]

In 2015, Greenwood designed the costumes for the Broadway debut of Helen Edmundson's play, Thérèse Raquin.[11]



  1. ^ Tony Awards Archived 15 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine tonyawards.com, retrieved 26 May 2014
  2. ^ a b Biography filmreference.com, retrieved 15 May 2009
  3. ^ Turner, Ben. "Lord Justice Leveson and LFC ace Jamie Carragher among Liverpool JohnMoores fellowship recipients". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  4. ^ a b Rothstein, Mervyn."A Life in the Theatre: Jane Greenwood", playbill.com, 28 June 2008
  5. ^ "Olivier Winners 1995". Olivier Awards. Retrieved 19 February 2023.
  6. ^ "Broadway Awards Database Browse by Year - 1995". www.broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 19 February 2023.
  7. ^ Henahan, Donal."'Ariadne' at the Met",The New York Times, 27 September 1987
  8. ^ "Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - Night Creature, Cry, The River, Revelations", exploredance.com, 5 December 2006
  9. ^ Lyman, Rick."On Stage and Off"The New York Times, 10 April 1998
  10. ^ Gans, Andrew."Costume Designer Jane Greenwood Will Receive Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement" Archived 9 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, 8 April 2014
  11. ^ "Judith Light to Join Keira Knightley in Thérèse Raquin on Broadway | TheaterMania".
  12. ^ "Honorees" hewesawards.org
  13. ^ Simonson, Robert. 2004 "Inductees of Theatre Hall of Fame Announced", Playbill, 13 October 2003