Charles Berliner costume collection

Charles Berliner costume collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Charles Berliner costume collection
Dates: circa 1995
Quantity: 15.0 Linear feet (1 custom oversized box, 1 oversized flat box, 6 cartons, 3 oversized cartons)
Coll. Number: ms3206

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Berliner attended the master's degree program in Theater Design at Brandeis University, graduating in 1971. Berliner has enjoyed a long and successful career designing scenery and costumes for plays, musicals, film, television, dance theatre and improvisational theatre. He is primarily known for his theatrical designs created for the live performing arts. Regional Theaters for which he has designed include: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mark Taper Forum, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, The Cleveland Play House, and The Kennedy Center. In addition, Mr. Berliner was the resident scenery and costume designer for the UCLA Dance Department for ten years; costume designer for the New York based Daniel Lewis Dance Repertory Company, and the Los Angeles based Rudy Perez Dance Theatre. He was nominated for an American Theatre Wing Design Costume Design Award in 1996, for his work on "The National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD)" New York engagement of "An Italian Straw Hat," for which a costume and its designs are present in this collection. Berliner is one of only a few recipients of a "Design Arts Fellowship for Theatrical Design" from the "National Endowment for the Arts (NEA-1981)." His theatrical designs have been included in several national and international exhibitions. For more information, see Charles Berliner, mini biography

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a costume, masks, marionettes, and a handful of costume designs by Charles Berliner. The costume (a dress and hat) and designs are for the 1996 National Theatre of the Deaf production of The Italian Straw Hat. The masks and marionettes are from a production of Faust that Berliner helped design at Brandeis University in 1971, and represent the seven deadly sins, as well as Faust and Gretchen. Additionally there is a framed costume design Berliner made for Bill T. Jones for the Bacchae Project.

Index Terms

Costume design--United States.
Costumes (character dress).
Labiche, Eugène, 1815-1888 -- Chapeau de paille d’Italie
National Theatre of the Deaf.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Charles Berliner costume collection, MS 3206. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Materials from Faust production

Masks, circa 1971
1Gretchen character mask
2Greed character mask
3Sloth character mask
4Envy character mask
5Gluttony character mask
6Lust character mask
Marionettes, circa 1971
91Faust marionette
9Gretchen marionette
71Greed character marionette
2Sloth character marionette
3Wrath character marionette
81Gluttony character marionette
2Envy character marionette
3Lust character marionette

Materials from The Italian Straw Hat, The National Theatre of the Deaf, circa 1995

OS Box
1Costume for Virgine (black and white dress) and straw hat, 1995
OS BoxFolder
21Costume design for Virgine's black and white dress, black and white pastels, 1994
1Program from the show, 1995
1Polaroid photos of Virgine costume (3), 1995
1Costume design for Bill T. Jones, The Bacchae Project, 3rd Court- color pastel sketch