Theater Past Faculty

Anita Yavich

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Anita Yavich is an Associate Professor of Theater Design at SUNY Purchase and a Lecturer in Theater at Princeton University. She earned her MFA in 1995 from the Yale School of Drama. In 2001, as the recipient of a NEA TCG career development grant, she traveled to India for three and a half months observing theater, dance, textile, and crafts traditions. Anita has designed costumes for theater, opera, and dance across the US and internationally.

Broadway design credits: Fool for Love, Venus in FurChinglish, and Anna in the Tropics.

New York design credits: Nathan the Wise, The Caucasian Chalk CircleOrlando, Venus in Fur, New Jersusalem, and Texts for Nothing at Classic Stage Company; Big Love, Kung Fu, Golden Child, and Iphigenia 2.0 at Signature Theater; The Oldest Boy at Lincoln Center Theater; Tales from Red Vienna, and The Explorer’s Club at Manhattan Theater Club, Lives of the Saints, All in the Timing at Primary Stages; The Legend of Georgia McBride, The SubmissionCoraline the Musical , The Wooden Breeks at Manhattan Class Company; MacbethCoriolanus and Svejk at Theater for a New Audience; Measure for PleasureKit Marlowe, The Winter’s TaleCivil Sex, and Pericles at The Public Theater. She has also designed for many regional theaters across the country.

Opera credits : Cyrano de Bergerac at La Scala, Metropolitan Opera and Royal Opera House-Covent Garden; Les Troyens at Metropolitan Opera; Facing Goya at Spoleto Festival and Singapore Festival; La Hija de Rappaccini with Gotham Chamber Opera, The Rape of Lucretia at Houston Grand Opera; Ainadamar at Tanglewood; The Gambler at Opera Zuid-Holland, Steve Reich's Three Tales international tour; Salome, Fidelio, Die Walkure and Das Rheingold at Washington National Opera; Arsace ii at San Francisco Opera; Madame Butterfly at Houston Grand Opera and Grand Theatre de Geneve; Der Fliegende Hollander at Spoleto Festival; The Silver River at Spoleto and Lincoln Center Festival.

Puppet and costume designer: The Sound of Music at Salzburger Marionetten Theater.  Aladdin at Disneyland; Lion, Witch and Wardrobe at Minneapolis Children’s Theater.

She is currently working on a new production of Aida at the San Francisco Opera. In New York City, she is designing Tumacho by Ethan Lipton and The Moors by Jen Silverman.

Awards: 2016 Lucille Lortel Award, 2010 IRNE award, 2006 Obie award, 2006 Henry Hewes Award, and 2003 Irene Sharrif Young Master Award.