This Filipino Theater Designer Is Making Waves In New York

The star behind the curtains.
by STAIL Team

There are lots of reasons why you should enjoy going to the theater: beautiful costumes, dramatic twists and turns, and powerful vocals belted by actors and actresses in musicals.

But behind the scenes, there are also people being recognized for their contributions to the play. These include designers and stylists.

In 2016, Filipino costume designer Clint Ramos earned a Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Play for Eclipsed, the story of life in a Magdalene Laundry in 1960s Ireland.

Ramos was the first person of color to win in this category.

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In an interview with Forbes magazine, Ramos said that his rough childhood experience drew him close to theater.  “I was an overweight gay kid who never really felt like he belonged. As a kid, I would stage these elaborate rituals or funerals of little insects. I had an idea that I was going to follow a different path but did not really know that the theater was a thing until high school where I was exposed to political street theater,”

At 20, Ramos moved to New York City to attend Tisch School of the Arts as a full scholar of the Gary Kalkin Memorial Scholarship.

“It was the 1990s in New York City, which was terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. I loved it,” Ramos said.

His designs have been seen and worn in over a dozen stage plays in New York Theater Workshop, Roundabout Theatre Company, Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, Signature Theater, Classic Stage Company, Ma-Yi, NAATCO, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Women’s Project, Soho Playhouse, Mint Theater, Red Bull Theater, The Asia Society, and more.

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