Neno Russell is a professional patternmaker/draper and costume designer. He received a BS in Speech & Theatre from Middle Tennessee State University in 1991 and an MFA in Costume Technology from Florida State University in 1994. He was the Assistant Costume Shop Manager of the Williamstown Theatre Festival for the 1994 season and the Associate Costume Master at the New York Public Theatre from 1996-1999. As a cutter/ draper for theatre, Neno has constructed costumes for New York’s leading costume designers, Kathy Zuber, Jess Goldstein, Martin Paklidinaz, Ann Hould-Ward, Toni-Leslie James, Marina Draghici, Carrie Robbins and Paul Tazewell to name a f
ew. For the commercial fashion industry for Wells Pattern Service in NY, he was the lead patternmaker for the fashion lines of Peter Som, Elijah, Baby Phat, Araks, Jockey Active Wear Collection and Bell by Alicia Bell.
Neno was the Associate Costume Designer on the 2009 Broadway revival of Finian’s Rainbow, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life and Footloose and constructed costumes for the Broadway productions of Bring in da’ Noise Bring in da’ Funk and The Rose Tattoo. He was also an assistant costume designer for 22 episodes of Whoopi on NBC. Recently Neno has patterned and built costumes for the world premiere of Amazing Grace at Goodspeed Opera House, Cotton Club Parade forNew York City Center Encores and Twelfth Night at the Public Theatre/Shakespeare in the Park. Neno has designed over 70 national commercials (including: MTV, VHI, Journeys, Thomasville, Petsmart, NFL Films, The History Channel and Old Navy) and designed 7 documentaries for the History Channel. Academically, he served as interim professor in the theatre department at Middle Tennessee State University and was a 2007 Design Respondent for Region IV of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) and has taught costumes for The Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts for 10 years. Currently Neno is the Co-Vice Chair for Design/Tech of the South Eastern Theatre Conference.