Moiseiwitsch, Tanya, 1914-

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Tanya Moiseiwitsch (1914- ), costume designer.

From the description of Tanya Moiseiwitsch costume designs, n.d. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 86164190

From the guide to the Tanya Moiseiwitsch costume designs, n.d, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

Epithet: theatrical designer

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Tanya Moiseiwitsch, born in London (UK) in 1914, d. 2003. Theatrical set and costume designer; helped design the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and was a co-founder of the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada.

From the description of Tanya Moiseiwitsch Collection, 1964-1981. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 701808986

Tanya Moiseiwitsch was born in London (UK) in 1914 to Daisy Kennedy, an Australian concert violinist, and Benno Moiseiwitsch, a Ukrainian classical pianist. She was the founding designer of the Stratford Festival (Canada) and collaborated with Sir Tyrone Guthrie on productions and even theatre design, beginning in 1945. Moiseiwitsch designed costumes and sets for hundreds of productions in England, including work at the Old Vic Company, Stratford-on-Avon, and at Covent Garden. She and Guthrie, along with Alec Guinness and Irene Worth, founded the Stratford Festival, in Canada, designing a platform stage in a huge tent for the first performances there in 1953.

In Minnesota, she is credited with the design of the first thrust stage at the Guthrie Theatre in 1963, working jointly with Sir Tyrone Guthrie and architect Ralph Rapson. Her work on the landmark 1967 production The House of Atreus, directed by Tyrone Guthrie, was breath-taking. Her use of masks and robes brought extraordinary depth to the play, which was taken to Broadway, and revived in the 1968 season in Minneapolis at the Guthrie Theater. She was responsible for the designs of six productions at the Guthrie Theater: Hamlet (1963), The Miser (1963), The Three Sisters (1963), House of Atreus (1967, 1968), Uncle Vanya (1969) (for which she also designed the sets) and The Government Inspector (1973), the last directed by Michael Langham.

Moiseiwitsch shuttled between Canada, at the Stratford Festival, the United States, at the Guthrie Theater, and England, where she designed costumes and sets at the National Theatre and Stratford-on-Avon, among other venues. She died in London in 2003, and was posthumously awarded an honorary Officer of the Order of Canada for her "enormous impact on theatre arts in the 20th century".

From the guide to the Tanya Moiseiwitsch Collection, 1964-1981, (University of Minnesota Libraries. Performing Arts Archives, Manuscripts Division [paa])

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Bernstein, Raphael,. Raphael Bernstein collection of costume and set designs for the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival, 1956-2002. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Souvenir collection of costume designs, 1959-1969 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Moiseiwitsch, Tanya, 1914-. Tanya Moiseiwitsch costume designs, n.d. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Miscellaneous theatrical costume designs, ca. 1914-1978. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Sophie Martin Collection (University of Guelph). Cyrano [de Bergerac] : Ligniere, Act I / Tanya Moiseiwitsch - costume design. University of Guelph. McLaughlin Library
creatorOf Josephine Barrington Collection. Collection of costume designs with house programs and / or with photographs on back, 1959-1963. University of Guelph. McLaughlin Library
referencedIn Howard D. Rothschild collection on, Ballets Russes, of Serge Diaghilev, 1909-1956 (inclusive), 1909-1914 (bulk). Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Bernstein, Muriel Y. ,. Joe A. Greenhoe collection of costume sketches and prints, 1954-1982. Yale University Library
creatorOf Vol. lx a (ff. ). 11 Sept. 1950 -28 Mar. 1952.Augustus Dudley Peters, literary agent: Mary Herring, secretary to Sir T M Rattigan: Rattigan Productions: Correspondence, including enclosures, of A. D. Peters, and other members of his staff, with Sir ... British Library
referencedIn Stratford Festival (Ont.). Souvenir collection of costume designs, 1959-1969. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf All About Us/Nous Autres. Canadian Conference Of The Arts; Annual Meeting, Diplomes D'Honneur For Distinguished Service to the Arts in Canada. Ludmilla Chiriaeff, S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatte, T. Moiseiwitsch, Oscar Peterson, Robert Weaver, 1975, University of Guelph. McLaughlin Library
creatorOf Tanya Moiseiwitsch costume designs, n.d The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Moiseiwitsch, Tanya, 1914-. Tanya Moiseiwitsch Collection, 1964-1981. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Jo Mielziner papers, 1903-1976 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Costume and Set Designs for the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival:, 1956-2002. Columbia University. Rare Book an Manuscript Library
referencedIn Miscellaneous theatrical set designs, 1661-1975 and undated. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Moiseiwitsch, Tanya : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Stratford Festival Collection. Souvenir costume designs from the Stratford Festival - selection of costume and set design reproductions by designers at the Stratford Festival Theatre, 1962, ca. 1970, 1979, 1983, 1988. University of Guelph. McLaughlin Library
creatorOf Tanya Moiseiwitsch Collection, 1964-1981 University of Minnesota Libraries. Performing Arts Archives, Manuscripts Division
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associatedWith All About Us/Nous Autres. corporateBody
associatedWith Bernstein, Muriel Y. , person
associatedWith Bernstein, Raphael, person
associatedWith Bernstein, Raphael, collector. person
associatedWith Guthrie Theater. corporateBody
associatedWith Howard D. Rothschild. person
associatedWith Josephine Barrington Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Mielziner, Jo, 1901-1976 person
associatedWith Sophie Martin Collection (University of Guelph) corporateBody
associatedWith Stratford Festival Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Stratford Festival (Ont.) corporateBody
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Birth 1914-12-03

Death 2003-02-19

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