Asa Benally

Theatre – ’03

Asa Benally is a Cherokee-Navajo costume designer based in New York City. He was raised on the Navajo reservation in Northern Arizona.

“My childhood was spent on the Navajo Reservation. I was raised in a family of artists, weavers, and silversmiths. My grandmother wove traditional Navajo rugs, and some of her designs took up to six months to complete. She taught me my first lessons in color theory and composition. The quality of her work was dependent on her ability to be patient. These early lessons laid the foundation for my work as a costume designer.”

Credits include Coriolanus and The Seagull (Yale School of Drama); Cymbeline (Yale Repertory Theater); Tricks the Devil Taught Me (Minetta Lane Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth (Frog and Peach Theater Company); Far Away, Platonov (Columbia University); The Crazy Shepherds of Rebellion, The Secretaries, Roberto Zucco, Trouble in Tahiti (Yale Cabaret); The Winters Tale (HERE Arts Center); Father Comes Home… (Juilliard); Peer Gynt, Big Love (Amherst College); The Brobot Johnson Experience (The Bushwick Starr); She Loves Me, The Syringa Tree, Barefoot in the Park (Creede Repertory Theater); SWEAT (Center for Contemporary Opera). M.F.A Yale School of Drama. B.F.A. Parsons School of Design.

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