Stephanie Levin


Costume Designer, Gordy Crashes and Happily Ever After


Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, Directing; NYU TISCH


Where did you study theatre? If you didn’t study theatre, what did you study?

I went to NYU Tisch Undergrad, studying Directing at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. We had a very 360 way of studying, where we were to design and stage manage each other’s work, which is how I got into costumes. 

What play (or type of play) would you LOVE to design?

I have been feeling the 70’s vibe recently, and I would really love to design a realistic show that happens to take place in the 70’s. I also am always obsessed with any vigilante/bad-ass womenswear. 

What’s the last show or designer you were inspired by?

Paul Tazewell's design for Hamilton was stunning—simple, wonderful, transformative, inspired, and modern all at the same time. I’m also always inspired by William Ivey Long, who I’ve assisted for many years. I also just watched Rocky for the first time (I know), and the hats in that movie were just so honest and chosen with care. 

What is the hardest part of your job?

I think the hardest thing is other people not understanding what the process is, and imagine it to be very streamlined. Considering that we as humans wear clothes every day, dressing people seems like it’s an easy thing to do, but people can forget that we have built our closets throughout our entire lives. When you and an actor create a character, there has to be an intimate and individualized collaboration period, which then requires a period for shopping (or, “treasure hunting”). 

If you weren’t a designer, what can you picture yourself doing instead?

I've always said that I would be a baker if not a designer... I can’t really imagine myself as a person in PR or any type of normal office job.  

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