Ann Hould-Ward

Ann Hould-Ward...
Born April 8, 1954
Glasgow, Montana, U.S.
Education University of Virginia
Known for Costume designer
Awards Tony Award for Best Costume Design
Drama Desk Award

Ann Hould-Ward (born April 8, 1954, Glasgow, Montana)[1] is an American costume designer, primarily for the theatre and dance. She has designed the costumes for 19 Broadway productions (as of February 2011). She won the 1994 Tony Award for Beauty and the Beast.


Ann Hould-Ward attended Mills College (B.A.), the University of Virginia (M.F.A.),[2] and the Art Students League.[3] After writing to Patricia Zipprodt asking for a job, she was introduced by her to Rouben Ter-Arutunian and became his assistant. She later was Zipprodt's assistant.[4]

Her first Broadway costume designs were for the musical Sunday in the Park with George (1984), in collaboration with Patricia Zipprodt,[5] for which they received a joint Tony Award nomination.[6] She designed the costumes for the Broadway musical A Catered Affair (2008),[7] for which she received the 2008 Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Costume Design.[8] Her costumes for Beauty and the Beast (tour) were called "luscious, from peasant garb in the early scenes to elegant formal wear in the finale and the ornate costumes of the half-human candlesticks, clocks and teapots that share the Beast's spell."[9] In reviewing Stephen Sondheim's Road Show, the reviewer noted: "Still, the ensemble members definitely look smart in the outfits Ann Hould-Ward has designed to conjure the blueprints Addison ran up for his fabled Palm Beach homes."[10] Her costume designs for the revival of Sondheim's Company were called " dark, sleek costumes" by the USA Today reviewer.[11]

She has designed costumes for many regional theater companies. At the La Jolla Playhouse (California) she designed the costumes for Going To St. Ives in 2000.[12] Her costume designs for Red, Hot and Blue were used in productions at the Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam, Connecticut in 2000 and the Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, New Jersey in 2001. According to John Kenrick her "costumes hit all the right notes".[13][14] Her work at The Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, California, includes The Countess in 2001.[15] She designed costumes for several productions at the Arena Stage, Washington, DC, including Three Sisters (1984),[16] Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along (1990)[17] and Let Me Down Easy (2010).[18]

Her Off-Broadway work includes, at Playwrights Horizons Lobster Alice (2000), at the Public Theater Road Show (2008), and at Second Stage Theatre Let Me Down Easy, by Anna Deavere Smith (2009).[1][19][20][21] Her costumes for The Public Theater Shakespeare in the Park outdoor staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2007 were said to be "stunning, audaciously conceived Victorian costumes. Enos looks scrumptious enough to eat in her pink and white bustled dress that might easily pass muster as a wedding cake."[22] She designed the costumes for the US National tour of Dr. Dolittle (2005); Hould-Ward stated that she "drew inspiration from the horse's mouth, so to speak; she found original copies of the Hugh Lofting books that were simply illustrated by the author himself."[23]

Hould-Ward has designed costumes for dance and ballet, including the Ballet Hispanico,[24][25][26]Lar Lubovitch's The White Oak Project,[27][28] and the American Ballet Theatre.[21][29] She also designs for the opera. She designed the costumes for the Los Angeles Opera production of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (2007), starring Audra McDonald and Patti LuPone.[30]

She designed costumes for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 2001.[31] Her career reached stratospheric heights during 2014 when she was entrusted with redesigning the outfit of America's favourite hamburger clown, Ronald McDonald. She described this as a "highlight" of her career, and few would argue this statement. Her inspired creation centred around a natty red jacket, a matching bow tie & cargo pants.[32]


Stage (selected)


Ballet, Dance and Opera


American Ballet Theatre
Ballet Hispanico


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