Associate Professor Toni-Leslie James Nominated for Tony Award

“Jitney.” Photo by Joan Marcus.

VCU Theatre associate professor and director of costume design, Toni-Leslie James, has been nominated for Best Costume Design in a Play for her work on “Jitney.”

The news of the Tony nomination comes less than a week after James learned that she had received nominations in two different categories for the 2017 Drama Desk Awards, which honor the best in theater among productions that are staged on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway. James said she puts these awards on the same level as the Tonys. In addition to a nomination for Outstanding Costume Design for a Play for “Jitney,” she was also recognized with a nomination for Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical for “Come From Away,” which is set in a small Newfoundland town in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “Come From Away” was among the Tony nominees announced today for Best Musical.

Read the full article on the VCU News site.


May 3, 2017