The Ruth Morley Design Award

ruth_morleyInitiated in 1998 in honor of costume designer Ruth Morley, one of our profession’s
leading designers in theatre and in film, this award is given at the final League luncheon in June. Ruth
served on the League’s Board of Directors. Her costumes for Annie Hall, Inherit the Wind and Deathtrap are

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This award was formerly titled the Ruth Morley Designing Woman Award.

Previous award recipients include:

JDolanJudith Dolan is the recipient of the Ruth Morley Design Award for 2014.

JUDITH DOLAN, costume designer, has designed internationally for numerous companies, including Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, Theatre Clwyd in Wales, The Acting Company, The Shakespeare Theatre, Goodman Theatre, the Irish Theatre Company, London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, the National Theatre of Romania, and the Old Globe Theatre, among others.  At Houston’s Alley Theatre, where she is currently Associate Artist, her work includes You Can’t Take It with You, The Seafarer, Harvey, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Glass Menagerie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, As You Like It, and Theresa Rebeck’s new play, Fool.  Dolan has collaborated with Harold Prince on many productions on and off Broadway including Candide (Tony Award),The Petrified Prince (Lucille Lortel Award) and LoveMusik, with music by Kurt Weill, as well as Parade and Hollywood Arms (by Carol Burnett and Carrie Hamilton). Other credits include Lewis and Clark Reach the Euphrates and Travesties, both directed by Gregory Boyd.  She has an M.F.A. in Costume Design and a Ph.D. in Directing and Design from Stanford University. Dolan is a Professor in the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of California, San Diego.

PEisenhauerPeggy Eisenhauer won the Ruth Morley Design Award in 2013.

Peggy Eisenhauer has been designing on Broadway for 24 years, and is known as the longtime design partner to Jules Fisher, a 28-year collaboration. She was selected as one of Variety’s 100 Women of Impact in Hollywood 2010, and is the recipient of two Tony awards and eight nominations (2013 “Lucky Guy”).


 Ann-2012Ann Roth won the Ruth Morley Design Award in 2012.

Ann Roth won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for The English Patient, and received the following Broadway nominations: 2011 Tony Award (The Book of Mormon), 1997 Drama Desk Award (Present Laughter), 1986 Tony Award (The House of Blue Leaves), 1985 Drama Desk Award (Design For Living), 1979 Tony Award (The Crucifer of Blood), 1976 Tony Award (The Royal Family), 1976 Drama Desk Award (The Royal Family), 1965 Tony Award for Best Producer of a Play (Slow Dance on the Killing Ground).

Christine Jones Photo 2_0Christine Jones won the Ruth Morley Design Award in 2011.

Christine Jones won a Tony Award ® in 2010 for scene designs for American Idiot, a musical based on the punk rock band Green Day’s concept album of the same title. Previously she drew a Tony nomination for her designs for the ground-breaking musical Spring Awakening. Both shows were staged by Michael Mayer. Other outstanding Broadway credits include the scene designs for Everyday Rapture, also directed by Mayer and starring Sherie Renee Scott; and The Green Bird, directed by Julie Taymor, for which Ms. Jones received a Drama Desk nomination.

Off-Broadway career highlights include the designs for the musical CoralineThe Book of Longing, with music by Philip Glass, based on the poems of Leonard Cohen; Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare in the Park; Flesh and BloodNocturne, and First Love at New York Theatre Workshop; a revival of Lanford Wilson’s Burn This starring Ed Norton, Catherine Keener and Dallas Roberts at Signature Theatre; and People Be Heard for Playwrights Horizons. She has designed for numerous regional theatres and opera companies, including  New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, the Minnesota Opera Company, and the Denver Opera Company.

She conceived and is artistic director of Theatre for One (, which describes itself as “A portable performing arts space for one performer and one audience member, that turns public events into private acts, making each performance a singularly intimate exchange.”

Raised in Canada, Ms. Jones received an undergraduate degree from Montreal’s Concordia University. She holds an M.F.A. from New York University, where she is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Tisch School of the Arts.