How Tony-nominated costume designer Dede Ayite fights to end racism on Broadway

Dede Ayite recently became a first-time Tony Award nominee, twice. The Ghanaian-born costume designer is nominated for her work on Slave game and A soldier’s game, two of 18 Tony-eligible productions in a season interrupted by the Broadway closure in March.

It’s a surreal time to celebrate the honors, given the state of the world and the theater industry (perhaps one of the reasons the broadcast ceremony hasn’t been scheduled yet). But it’s also a particularly poignant question for Ayite, who has joined with other artists to think deeply about how to create fairness in the industry, and whose work also demonstrates, in her quest for truth. , the scale and dynamism of black stories.

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