Charles Schoonmaker

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Charles Schoonmaker is an Emmy Award-winning costume designer for theatre, dance, opera, and television.


Schoonmaker is a costume designer with extensive credits in television, theatre, and dance. He is the recipient of four Daytime Emmy Awards for his work in television and an IRNE award for best costume design 2015 for Venus in Fur at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston. Productions in New York include Limonade tous les Jours (The Cell Theatre), 9/11 Portraits (Union Square Theatre), and Portrait of Jennie (Henry Street Settlement). His works on Boston area stages include Venus in Fur, God of Carnage, and A Long and Winding Road at the Huntington; Tarzan (North Shore Music Theatre); Nine, Violet, and The Light in the Piazza (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Harriet Jacobs (Underground Railway Theater); 33 Variations and Grey Gardens (Lyric Stage Company); and Speed the Plow, Long Day’s Journey into Night, and The Clean House (New Repertory Theatre).

Other credits includeThe Nibroc Trilogy, Love Song, and Blackbird (Chester Theatre Company) and The Einstein Project, Faith Healer, End Game, and The Birthday Boy (Berkshire Theatre Group). Other regional credits include The Norman Conquests at three theatre companies in Vermont; Chicago, La Cage aux Folles (Riverside Theatre, Vero Beach, Florida), and Miss Margarida’s Way (Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor, New York). Opera credits include Boston Baroque and Boston Midsummer Opera. In the field of concert dance his credits include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, The Limon Company, The Atlanta Ballet, The Richmond Ballet, and The Julliard School. His television credits include Another World, All My Children, and As the World Turns. MFA, New York University. Schoonmaker joined the Bennington faculty in Fall 2011.